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Kelvin Hughes Touts Drone Detection One-Stop-Shop Capability

SharpEye SxV vs. Small UAS

A world leader in radar systems for security and surveillance applications as well as maritime navigation, Kelvin Hughes today launched its new drone (aka unmanned aerial vehicles – UAV) detection system at the Home Office Security & Policing exhibition. The so called SMS-D (Single Mast Solution – Drone)  is the company’s first integrated, medium-range, radar-based surveillance system designed for the detection and tracking of small aerial targets.

In a very crowded market, Kelvin Hughes sets itself apart with its SMS-D, as it uses, in layman’s terms, a 2D radar with thermal camera. The system tracks the real-time position of an UAV (aerial targets, vehicles or individuals) with the company’s solid-state SharpEye X-Band solid-state radar transceiver technology. SMS- is able to detect drones up to 1.5km away.

Highly cost-effective, the SMS-D provides continuously updated bearing, distance, altitude, and velocity data, identifying targets automatically through its video tracking system, ensuring that any remedial or defensive action can be implemented without delay. The system is designed to accommodate a combination of radar, optical and thermal imaging devices in order to provide 360˚ surveillance of any site perimeter or border as well as providing early detection of any drone. The SMS can be fixed to a permanent structure or mounted on a vehicle to further extend the envelope of detection. Furthermore, Kelvin Hughes could mount a UAV-jamming system on the opposide side of turning unit, making this a self contained drone interdiction system. 

We are very much looking forward to the official launch of the SMS-D,” Jonathan Field, Security Systems and Sensors Director for Kelvin Hughes, said. “The first of its kind, the system is a fully integrated package of radar and electro-optic sensors and software providing a sophisticated yet highly cost-effective response to the increasing threat of drone incursion. And it’s yet another example of our long-proven record of world-leading innovation.”

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