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DSEI 2017: Blighter unveils low cost surveillance system

10th September 2017 - 12:09 GMT | by Uldduz Larki in London

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UK-based electronic-scanning radar and sensor company Blighter Surveillance Systems will introduce a new lower cost e-scan radar at this year's DSEI.

The newly released technology is an 'entry level version' of its Blighter B400 Series Doppler radar, which is a ground surveillance radar, which is being targeted for critical infrastructure and perimeter protection.

According to a statement released on September 5, the new version of the radar delivers all the benefits of a Doppler radar, but at a lower price per km².

Mark Radford, CEO of Blighter Surveillance Systems, said: ‘Our engineers have optimised the design of the new radar, the processing chain and the control software to better meet the needs of our critical infrastructure customers.’

He added: ‘We have re-engineered the Blighter B400 radar to get to a price point that is attractive to this market and that will deliver improved detection at a lower cost compared with CCTV, thermal imaging systems and low cost, short range mechanically scanned radars.’

According Radford, the radar’s passive electronically scanned array (PESA) technology and wide elevation beams are a big advantage for critical infrastructures sites as it allows the radars to be mounted on top of existing site buildings.

Blighter B400 radars are in use at numerous critical infrastructure sites including several international airports in Europe, the US, South America and Africa.

A critical infrastructure site configuration typically uses the new Blighter B400 Series radar which consists of 90 or 180-degree scanning with detection ranges of 2km, 5km and 8km.

It also tends to consist of BlighterView HMI software, and slew-to-cue PTZ thermal imaging surveillance camera systems.

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