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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.


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In fact, as technologies have advanced, the role of operating and maintaining a comprehensive aerial surveil- lance capability is becoming a managed service offering in its own right, with many major air units relying on outside partners to fulfill a variety of technical, training and man- agement duties. In practice, this can take many forms, from a quarterly training regimen to a fully outsourced solution including pilots, helicopters and staff. Last year, for example, the Special Anti-Crime Unit


of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT) tapped our firm, Helinet Technologies, for assistance in implementing a comprehensive aerial surveillance capability in preparation for hosting the 34-nation Summit of the Americas and the 53-nation Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Beginning with the design of a nationwide net- work of broadcast receive sites, Helinet worked with SAUTT on all aspects of its system from staffing and man- aging air crews to delivering continuous live aerial feeds via microwave downlink to commanders on the ground. More recently, the Aero Bureau of the Los Angeles


Sheriff's Department selected Helinet to design and sup- port a microwave downlink system for its fleet that will enable live, uninterrupted ship-to-ground broadcast of aerial images over short and long distances to both portable and fixed receive sites. “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 surveil- lance 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 man- aging aerial operations for law enforcement and a proven track record in keeping complex aerial surveillance solu- tions running smoothly.” Regardless of the path an organization ultimately chooses to take, a smart and measured approach that takes the ongoing work of operating and maintaining the aerial surveillance capability into consideration is essential. The tools and expertise are out there. The key for law enforce- ment and public safety agencies is making the right choices. abcd


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