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Cobham to supply HD video downlinks to Brazil

27th March 2013 - 14:26 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Cobham has announced a new contract win in Brazil that will see the company’s Brazilian subsidiary equip State Police helicopters with High Definition (HD) video surveillance downlinks. These downlinks will be used on helicopters in 12 cities during the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

The contract - developed with a local integration partner following the opening of the Cobham’s Sao Paulo office in August 2012 - includes both airborne and ground based equipment. It is the first major contract win in Brazil for the company.

Cobham’s HD solution provides a highly robust and mission critical platform that is independent of public or commercially available networks such as expensive satellite communications. The solution transmits HD quality video that is sharper and clearer than ordinary standard definition, over long distances ensuring critical live operational information is available to keep cities safe. The system provides the ability to see more details or have a wider coverage of all events – a key consideration in video surveillance applications.

David Ashton, VP Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance, said: ‘This is an exciting development for Cobham’s Brazilian business, following the opening of our office in Sao Paulo last year. We are proud to be working with our partner in Brazil on this important contract to provide enhanced surveillance capabilities for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup, which are events that will be seen around the globe.’

The procurement was made through the newly formed Extraordinary Secretariat for Security at Large Scale Events (SESGE), following a UKTI sponsored handover post the London Olympic Games 2012, when Cobham was able to present its security and surveillance capabilities to SESGE.

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