HGH Infrared Systems' Spynel-S Makes a Splash in Pacific Ocean Demonstration

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HGH Infrared Systems' Spynel-S Thermal Imaging System Featured in an OPSTAR Demonstration in California

This past week in California, HGH Infrared Systems had the privilege of participating in the Offshore Platform Security Threat Awareness and Response (OPSTAR) program. The program, developed and conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, was designed to explore the homeland security, homeland defense, emergency response, and emergency management issues presented by security threats to offshore oil and gas platforms. The program explored specialized capabilities available to support security response, equipment and tactics requirements to enable effective operations as well as technologies capable of providing early warning, threat characterization and providing for enhanced maritime domain awareness. During the exercise, HGH’s Spynel-S, an innovative real-time panoramic thermal imaging system with automatic detection and tracking capabilities, was featured as a key asset for threat identification and general maritime domain awareness.

The tactical exercise provided an opportunity for a full mission profile of a tactical response and assault by the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, US Customs and Border Patrol and other Federal, State and local agencies demonstrating quick responses to the impending threat. The improvised takeover in a maritime setting was an ideal environment to display the capabilities of the Spynel-S which could successfully detect various large and small surface and air targets. Spynel-S is highly effective when tracking small boats, RHIBs, and swimmers with its high resolution panoramic image. Unlike radars, the Spynel-S is a fully passive and undetectable imaging system that is also compact for an easy and quick deployment.

With the rise of domestic offshore oil and gas production, especially in the last three years where production increased by 18%, offshore platforms are becoming a primary national security interest. HGH’s Spynel imaging systems offer cost-effective and reliable surveillance against asymmetric threats through its advanced tracking and detecting algorithms. The Spynel systems have been installed and proven for over 7 years in various harsh environments all over the world, for coastal and maritime applications. HGH Infrared Systems looks forward to continuing their collaboration with the Center for Asymmetric Warfare through future field experimentations.

Founded in 1982, HGH designs, develops, assembles and sells complete high end optronics systems for security, industrial and civil applications. HGH’s team of highly qualified engineers is comprised of experts in optics, software, mechanics and electronics and operates in the US, out of Boston, MA. HGH strives to provide advanced and innovative infrared equipment to protect their clients all around the world, while keeping the agility and dedication of a small and passionate team. Speed, flexibility, technical excellence and innovation constitute their core values. HGH has established itself as an international reference for infrared technology innovation through the development of multiple advanced thermal sensors, among which its award-winning real-time 360 degree thermal camera, the Spynel-C - 2008 Product of the Year from Photonics Tech Briefs, 2010 Innovation Prize from the EuroNaval Committee, 2011 Kummerman Award from the French Academy of Marine, 2012 GovSec Platinum Award, and 2012 Govies Homeland Security Award.

POC: Katie Shea, Katie.Shea(at)hgh-infrared(dot)com

The Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW) is a Federal operational research and field test experimentation center aligned to the Naval Postgraduate School. Since 1999, the CAW has conducted research and delivered focused training, field experimentation, exercise and assessment programs in order to increase the capabilities of military and civil authorities at all levels to prevent and mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of asymmetric threats to national, homeland, and global security, including terrorism and natural or man-mad disasters.

For more information, please contact Alan Jaeger, Director and Principal Investigator at ajaeger(at)nps(dot)edu or visit http://www.cawnps.org.

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Katie Shea
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