SpotterRF, Milestone Secure Air and Ground Perimeters at 3rd Presidential Debate

A radar solution by SpotterRF and Milestone’s video management software helped secure the debate venue’s air and ground perimeters.

LAS VEGAS – SpotterRF, a provider of compact surveillance radar (CSR), partnered with Milestone Systems to secure both air and ground perimeters at the U.S. Presidential Debate held here Oct. 19 at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center.

The collaboration marked the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using SpotterRF’s new A2000 CSR and NMS SpotterXP plugin with Milestone’s video management software (VMS), according to a news release.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deems presidential debates to be National Special Security Events (NSSE), as they may be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.
Working closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, UNLV security and federal agencies, the security solution teaming Milestone Systems, NMS and SpotterRF was tasked with threat detection and rapid response law enforcement communications.

While Milestone’s VMS has been deployed at previous presidential debates, the SpotterRF radar supported the latest implementation in Las Vegas with the SpotterXP plugin to provide all-weather, day or night surveillance over wider areas and in the air.

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“The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defense dome around and above the protected venue,” says Reinier Tuinzing, strategic alliances manager, Americas, Milestone Systems.

The A2000 is the first SpotterRF radar specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications. The radar garnered the 2016 Security’s Best Award at the ASIS 2016 security trade show in Orlando, Fla. The radar is said to be able to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 meters – the longest range of any other SpotterRF model for that size of target, according to the company.

The A2000 is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments requiring firefighting or law enforcement.

“The successful deployment of this solution recognizes the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” says Logan Harris, CEO, SpotterRF. “The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks.”

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