AvalonRF Debuts its 'No Moving Parts" Tracking Antenna Receiver and UAV links with TAGs New Aerial UAV Close Surveillance Capabilities at the 77th Oscars
Hollywood, CA March 2, 2005 -- In support of joint security operations provided by Los Angeles Police Department ¨C LAPD, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security - DHS, Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) was on site at the 77th Oscars ¨C Academy Awards in Hollywood with a UAV helicopter to provide an aerial downlink and the ability to facilitate immediate incident response to any security breach.
The new unmanned aerial surveillance capability allows local command and control authorities to immediately create a stationery camera position over any location within seconds as well as provide a constant roving patrol over all exterior aspects of the event.
The onboard video link can be directed from the ground by the local command center to identify specific points or persons of interest and then be merged into the wide area video distribution network to provide supervisory oversight to local, state and regional commanders as well as a real time feed directly to Washington and national Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
Onboard and ground control video downlinks for TAG were supplied by Avalon RF () and featured their new TA08 Tracking Antenna system offering a range of up to 25 miles. Also on display was a PDA style handheld unit (V38R) for displaying the live video feed from the UAV and placing it in the hands of any officer or security personnel on the ground.
TAG's low altitude loitering capability marks a new era in security and event monitoring for civil applications and a represents a significant advance in facilitating a directed aerial force multiplier for law enforcement and national security operations.
The new TAG "C" series helicopter which is directly derived from the advanced military VTOL UAVs from TAG, are specifically designed as a lower cost UAV helicopter solution for civil applications such as law enforcement, fire departments, electronic news gathering, traffic patrol and civil defense.
The TA04, TA08 and TA16 are a family of "No Moving Parts" passive tracking antenna systems is designed for video links to/from moving platforms that are tuned to any frequency band in the spectrum from 300MHz to 2.5GHz. Higher frequencies are available using external up/down converters. Tuning is via a RS232 port or via a remote control.
Advantages of the "No Moving Parts" Tracking Antenna Receivers:
ˇ¤ Extends the range of UAV/UGV/USV links 6:1 to 128:1 with (versus OMNI directional antennas) no moving parts and without increasing transmitter power.
ˇ¤ Works on vehicles and small boats in motion. No need to stop.
ˇ¤ Eliminates the need for direction finding.
ˇ¤ Small and low weight
. Tuning range - 460MHz-2.5GHz, C Band, KU Band
ˇ¤ Ground Systems
- V38R Rugged PDA with TR430-2G, running Windows CE.
Includes a daylight readable 3.5" display, biometrics, bar code reader, camera/flash with a 2GB SD card storage, microphone and speaker, USB, RS232, IRDT, 802.11g, Bluetooth & TR430-2G/GPS. Replaceable battery lasts for 8 hours.
Low cost handheld device for short range UAV, UGV and USVs
- HMPC-1.6 Wireless helmet mounted wearable computer, running Windows XP Embedded (or Linux) (includes Module F, Module D and TR430-3G x 2 (for diversity). Optional Module C for TCP/IP + USB + on board DVR)
Hands free, light weight (under 1Lbs) ground station operating with Rockwell/Collins KEO HMD display. Allows operations of a UAV while in motion.
About Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG):
Tactical Aerospace Group (TAG) manufacturers autonomous and remotely piloted unmanned aerial helicopters and develops or integrates flight control systems, instrumentation and various payload technologies for military, civil, media, surveillance, scientific and research applications.
About AValon RF Inc.:
AValonRF designs and produces state-of-the-art wireless links that include receivers, transmitters, Wearable computers, In Car Video Systems, remote display units, DVRs, rugged wireless PDAs, Rugged PCs, No moving parts tracking Antennas, Wireless Microphones, Miniature MPEG 4 Encoders, Miniature MPEG4 Decoders and a variety of specialized antennas. AvalonRF also designs and produces wireless terrestrial "last mile" mobile UHF, narrow band, high data rate, 802.22 based solutions. AvalonRF intelligent true diversity technology provides broadcast quality interference-free video links over the frequency spectrum of 56MHz to 2.5GHz. A wireless link from Avalon RF is an affordable easy to install video solution with superior image quality.
AValonRF is a privately held company headquartered in El Cajon (San Diego). More information about AValonRF is available online at .
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