While robotics provide the promise of more
autonomous and sophisticated intelligence gathering for future,
autonomous, remotely controlled unattended ground sensors already
provide some of these capabilities today,. These systems rely on sophisticated
communications, sensor fusion, camouflage and concealment techniques to function.
At Eurosatory, several systems were introduced. These included:
smart remotely controlled video surveillance sensor from Bertin;
concealed video surveillance sensor from Surveycopter and the
Commander Mk II from Textron Systems.
Qinetiq displayed a new concept for "networked UGS", that is similar to the US
planned FCS UGS system also pursued by Textron. EADS demonstrated its
concept for a stand-alone video surveillance network called
providing a system to control four field deployable video
cameras for security, force protection or area surveillance
application. Another perimeter surveillance system is the Laser
Perimeter Awareness System (LPAS) from Goodrich. This system
can operate from fixed positions or as a mobile / deployable sensor
operating under all visibility conditions, day or night. ODF
demonstrated a new version of the
Gatekeeper and the
Eyeball R1. These
unique observation devices are designed for operation in confined
spaces. The recent versions are provided with special camouflage
coating that conceals the device and make it look like a pebble.