Stainless steel trailer manufacturer Desert Wolf has been appointed the South Africa distributor of US thermal imaging manufacturer Flir’s land systems.
Flir land systems comprise electro- optical and infrared imaging systems that offer the longest range of thermal imaging available in South Africa, the trailer manufacturer reports.
In certain cases, the cameras can reach a distance of up to 20 km in darkness. This surpasses the capability of a stand-ard camera’s reach of 10 km to 12 km.
The cameras provide a range of fea-tures, including movement detection and image stabilisation, says Desert Wolf owner Hennie Kieser.
Flir has also developed dynamic digital recognition capabilities for its cameras, which provide a high-quality detailed enhancement of the image that is viewed, adds Desert Wolf MD Andries Keun.
The combination of Desert Wolf’s mobile solutions and the technology provided by Flir enables the local company to supply fully mobile surveillance solutions.
As these are high-tech military sys-tems, the end-users would mostly be government and larger companies, such as mining houses, that need to conduct their own policing.
Keun says that, for border control purposes, the systems can be deployed or installed along a 500 km border section to alert a centralised mobile control room of any human movement, which can be detected up to 20 km away.
The camera is also unlikely to be seen, particularly at night, as it can be mounted on a high mast in trees or kept mobile on a trailer or a vehicle.
Meanwhile, Desert Wolf is in dis-cussions with mining giant Anglo American about supplying one of its mines in the Northern Cape with an armoured vehicle with masted cameras, four trailers and three fixed installations.
“The mine covers an area of about 50 km2 and has experienced difficulties with illegal mining. “Installing these surveillance systems and equipment would be the solution to monitor this area,” says Kieser.
The company completed a project for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, in November. This entailed the supply of nine trailers, each fitted with a Flir surveillance camera on a 10 m pneumatic mast, a generator, solar panels and microwave radio links, an 18 hour uninterrupted power supply and a 100 ℓ auxiliary diesel tank.
“Video images are fed from the trailers to a converted 4 × 4 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter mobile control unit. “Access to the cameras can also be obtained remotely over a third-generation, or 3G, connection,” says Keun.
Applications for the systems range from crime hot spots to crowd control at sporting events and beach surveillance.
Desert Wolf will also, in the next few months, start with the distribution of US-based telescoping mast manufacturer Will-Burt’s military camera masts.