LOS ANGELES, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) to develop and support a comprehensive microwave downlink system for the Department's new fleet of 14 patrol helicopters. Created in partnership with the LASD's Aero Bureau, the customized downlink solution enables uninterrupted, ship-to-ground broadcast of live aerial images and will provide ground personnel with real-time information at both fixed and portable receive sites.
The new downlink system was developed by Helinet using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products and is designed specifically to support Aero Bureau's broad mission profile of patrol, covert surveillance and search and rescue operations. In developing the solution, Helinet was able to assemble the optimal component mix for LASD through its reseller relationships with most major manufacturers serving the broadcast and aerial surveillance market. The firm is working hand-in-hand with LASD in integrating the downlink solution into the Department's overall aerial surveillance operations and will provide 24/7 service and support once the system is active.
"There are very few organizations in either the private sector or government that have the technical ability and know-how to implement the type of robust aerial surveillance solution we were looking for," said Sergeant John Haughey of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "With Helinet we get a partner with deep experience managing aerial operations for law enforcement and a proven track record in keeping complex aerial surveillance solutions running smoothly."
The LASD assignment draws upon Helinet's long expertise in developing complete aerial surveillance solutions for law enforcement, government and military organizations across the globe. Featuring a multiband transmission design, the system is interoperable with the surveillance solutions of other law enforcement departments in the region, enabling simultaneous delivery of real-time images to LASD's partner agencies. The new solution is capable of both standard and high-definition broadcast.
"The ability to provide ground personnel with real time access to broadcast quality aerial images is an increasingly vital tool in the law enforcement toolkit," said Ron Magocsi, vice president, chief technical officer, for Helinet Technologies. "We are pleased to have been selected by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to expand its capabilities in this arena and look forward to providing ongoing support to help the Aero Bureau maintain the system at its highest capacity going forward."
About Helinet Technologies
Helinet Technologies is an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets. Backed by decades of experience deploying customized surveillance and broadcasting systems for organizations across the globe, the firm offers a full suite of services, ranging from basic equipment sales to fully outsourced surveillance solutions, including providing pilots and aircraft.
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