Improving Situational Awareness for Government Security Applications with Radar
For decades, government security devices used for border patrol, public safety, and asset security have relied mainly on fixed position cameras, video surveillance, and RF sensors. This combination of monitoring tools typically provides decent ground coverage, but very little air coverage for most scenarios. As threats continue to multiply in dangerous and creative ways, especially as drones have become inexpensive to acquire, easy to operate, and simple to hack, gaps in coverage for these new aerial threats exist when using fixed position cameras, video surveillance, and RF sensors.
Even if a ground sensor, such as an RF sensor, does have some ability to provide aerial monitoring, drones can be made nearly invisible to these sensors. Plus, these agencies are also facing demands to multiply ground surveillance range without raising individual privacy concerns. These two needs can only be met by adding radar to these layered threat detection solutions.
While the size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) of traditional radar systems prohibited government organizations from enhancing situational awareness with radar, a recent breakthrough in radar technology has changed this. New metamaterials electronically scanned array (MESA®) radar – a low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product with ESA performance – is finally bringing the benefits of radar technology to applications outside traditional military and defense use cases. Let’s look at how several common government security applications can experience the benefits of incorporating MESA radar into their solution stack.