POMPANO BEACH, FLA.—IC Realtime is taking law enforcement agencies to the skies as the company has developed a silent, readily-deployable aerial surveillance system called PLAS (Persistent Low Altitude Surveillance). PLAS is designed for law enforcement, border patrol or special event personnel to remotely monitor events taking place in large areas.
Comprised of a flight deck and imaging unit attached to a tactical-grade balloon, PLAS can be used as a stationary device or attached to vehicles to move about areas of interest. The system requires no propulsion, allowing it to operate silently and can be deployed between 250- and 455-feet.
The flight deck, measuring 6x3x3-inches, contains all command, control and communications equipment, and on-board microphones. PLAS is compatible with and of IC Realtime’s video, thermal imaging and infrared cameras; the standard camera is the IC Realtime I-Sniper nighttime camera.
The components are able to provide encrypted communications to fixed or mobile command centers, as well as authorized mobile users. Communications from the system are sent by point-to-multipoint 5.8 GHz or public safety frequencies. Transmission is sent via IP connectivity, allowing for operators to control multiple PLAS systems at once.
The PLAS balloon system is designed by Altametry Aerostatic Engineering. It features an inner bladder and outer balloon that has a 6-foot circumference and can be filled with either hydrogen or helium.