Protecting its borders is one of the priorities of any government. This could be a daunting task, considering that terrain, elevation and accessibility could not necessarily be optimal. A commonly used practice for border protection is the installation of physical barriers like fences and walls. These barriers are not absolute. Therefore, they could be complemented by ground based radars, tethered sensors in the air, or an array of visual sensors (cameras) equipped with high tech optics and/or processing software. But there are still gaps to be covered, or areas that are called “blind spots” for cameras and radars, areas where operators on the ground would like to have a closer look, high resolution mapping images, or redundant coverage to a specific area that the installed devices just can’t reach or provide the level of detail desired. This is where a high performing SUAV proves to be of immense value. By not being constrained to a fixed location, like a tower or the roof of a tall building, SUAVs could go to the exact location that the operator wants and get the images necessary to analyze the situation at hand.
SUAV´s have found a niche in the border protection arena, proving to be an invaluable tool that is to be considered a force multiplier by increases collection capability, lower operating cost than traditional methods like manned aircraft over flights, covering gaps, and allowing to cover terrain that otherwise would require valuable human resources. SUAV´s provide flexibility as most of them are small enough to be easily transported in a trailer to be deployed at remote locations to support field operations, or they could be operated from a hard-top runway. Some can carry large payloads to support other border protection related missions, or simply perform a surveillance mission with high powered optics. The possibility to plan a mission and launch the aircraft to perform it autonomously while providing real time video and geo-referenced data, then return to land safely, makes these machines a true workhorse for any Border Protection Agency.
JohnsTek Inc, can provide your agency with the appropriate UAV program, whether it calls for a rotary wing aircraft for pin point surveillance or inspection, a fixed wing aircraft to cover a vast area, or a combination of the two; we count with the expertise, the know how and the perfect product for your agency.
JohnsTek Inc. can provide the advice, equipment, training and service for your specific needs. Contact us today to discuss your specific needs and help you put eyes on the blind spots. JohnsTek Inc. is ready and fully capable to respond to any client´s request with guaranteed results.
Author: Jaime Vila @JTI_JVila (Twitter)
Jaime Vila is the General Manager for JohnsTek LATAM.