Securing the Third Presidential Debate 2016
SpotterRF, the leader in low-cost, compact surveillance radar (CSR), is collaborating with Milestone Systems through an integration of the NMS SpotterXP plugin that was used to secure both air and ground perimeter at the U.S. Presidential Debate held on October 19th at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using SpotterRF’s new award-winning A2000 CSR created especially for monitoring low-flying UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or drones). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deems presidential debates to be National Special Security Events (NSSE), as they may be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.
Working closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, UNLV security and federal agencies, the security solution teaming Milestone Systems, NMS and SpotterRF was tasked with threat detection and rapid response law enforcement communications. Milestone Systems advanced video management software (VMS) has been successfully deployed during previous Presidential Debates in 2012 and 2016. SpotterRF radar supported the latest implementation in Las Vegas with the SpotterXP plugin to provide all-weather, day or night surveillance over wider areas and in the air.
“SpotterRF radar helped provide all-weather, day/night surveillance at great distances, over a wide areas and in the air. The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defense dome around and above the protected venue,” says Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, for Milestone Systems
The new A2000 is the first SpotterRF radar specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications. This innovative and affordable radar has also been named a 2016 Security’s Best Award recipient at the recent ASIS 2016 security trade show held in Orlando, Florida.
The A2000 is able to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 meters – the longest range of any other SpotterRF model for that size of target. It is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments requiring firefighting or law enforcement.
“The successful deployment of this solution recognizes the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “The rapid adoption of
low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks"