The Patroller drone system from Sagem (Safran) operated very successfully in homeland security tests from October 5 to 8 within the scope of AIRBEAM, a European Integrated Project. As the main surveillance system in an overall protection and intervention organization, the Patroller drone was operated as part of a response coordination and control unit.
AIRBEAM is a European Commission project, within the scope of the FP7/Security program. The aim is to develop a management system for large-scale crises (for example, natural disasters or industrial accidents), and to validate the system through operational demonstrations. AIRBEAM calls on the operation of several intelligence platforms (drones, balloons, satellites) to meet these goals, with information processed in real time by a coordination unit.
The Patroller system under test operated in civil airspace from the Beja air base in Portugal. It was controlled by Sagem using realistic homeland security scenarios as defined by the Portuguese national guard and air force.
The Patroller played a full role in all of these events, which provided full-scale simulations of homeland security missions (intrusion, convoying, surveillance of high-value sites, etc.), and missions entailing population risk management (fire, accidents, contamination, etc.). In fact, the drone's capabilities turned out to have a very practical, and unexpected purpose, since during one of its flights the Patroller detected a fire in the country at a range of more than 20 kilometers. The information on this situation that it transmitted in real time helped coordinate the response teams.
With this successful deployment as part of the AIRBEAM scenario, the Patroller takes a further step forward, following the demonstration of its ability to operate in civil airspace, based on tests in Toulouse in November 2014. These trials were carried out within the scope of flight tests for the ODREA project, co-funded by the SESAR program.
The Patroller's overall performance and advanced imaging system provides very high resolution images to identify and precisely locate threats and risks. It has also demonstrated an ability to be deployed at short notice, plus operational flexibility and security.
Source: Safran S.A. (Paris: SAF.PA)
Date: Oct 19, 2015