CASE STUDIES

Hurricane Katrina – Mobilization

CHALLENGE
Rapid deployment of aerial assets 24 hours prior to Hurricane Katrina reaching New Orleans.

SOLUTION
Mobilized HD-equipped helicopter and crew along with portable microwave downlink and satellite uplink systems for worldwide distribution of live images.

RESULTS
Captured first images over New Orleans within two hours of storm passing through area.  Provided real time video feeds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Dept. of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, local and federal law enforcement and major news organizations across the globe.

Summit of the Americas, Trinidad & Tobago – Complete Solution

CHALLENGE
Provide real-time, encrypted HD surveillance solution to Trinidad and Tobago as it played host to the 34-nation Summit of the Americas in April 2009.

SOLUTION
Developed and implemented a country-wide security system in partnership with the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT).  System elements included:

  • Providing tactical field personnel and systems engineers
  • Training local law enforcement
  • Integrating airship
  • Designing/installing multiple fixed receive sites
  • Designing/installing ground-based command and control system

RESULTS
Successfully coordinated aerial surveillance and security throughout the Summit.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – Security

CHALLENGE
Enhance DEA’s aerial surveillance and intelligence collection capabilities in Houston, Los Angeles and New York.

SOLUTION
Developed and implemented a fully HD aerial surveillance capability to deliver encrypted HD video in real-time to DEA officers on the ground.  Assignment included:

  • Integration of HD gimbals and avionics to helicopters
  • Designing/installing fixed and mobile receive sites
  • Designing/installing ground-based command and control system

RESULTS
Uninterrupted, real time HD aerial video surveillance for 100-mile radius around each city.  Increased situational awareness and improved tactical advantage.

Electronic News Gathering (ENG) for Television Networks Nationwide – Commercial/Broadcast

CHALLENGE
Provide uninterrupted, live HD aerial images for local news organizations.

SOLUTION
Design/install state-of-the-art aerial HD electronic news-gathering systems for local news organizations.  Maintain comprehensive operational responsibility.

RESULTS
Pioneered live, HD image gathering for the ENG market, launching world’s first fully HD news helicopter in 2004 for Denver’s KUSA-TV. Currently operates HD ENG solutions for Los Angeles broadcast networks KABC-TV (ABC), KTTV (FOX) and KTLA (CW).