Mobile Wide Area Surveillance

One of the most important things about drones when it come to wide area surveillance is to exploit their ability to tirelessly loiter for hours at a time. Combined that with fixed winded drone, hovercraft, a wide-area camera and you've got a mobile and amphibious combination that is capable of capturing a visual record of everything below that moves or changes over time.

The POD Ops wide area surveillance solution is unique because options include drones tethered with Hov Pod hovercraft, a mobile robotic drone battery recharge and swap station. These options create the ultimate imaging-response package that has visibility surface to air, continuous operation capabilities, the ability monitor remote desert terrain or a group of small islands and can record the area of an entire small town.

Previously, the issue for drone surveillance platforms was range, especially when it came to areas that are hard to get too because or diverse or  harsh terrain. Mobility and persistence, the ability to stay on station for hours just for the opportunity to collect a small nugget of data may make all the differnce. The threat of  terrorism or vandalism in today's world of intelligence and reconnaissance makes wide area surveillance a very valuable capability.

POD Ops Mobile Wide Area Surveillance is one solution that works. With our Mobile Wide Area Surveillance a drone can point its unblinking eye at the ground below, capturing a medium definition image twice a second day or night. If, for example a car driving within the field of view becomes an incident with a passenger shooting a gun out of the window, the system will record it. The user can then scroll backward in time, like a DVR recording, and watch the car being driven out of a garage, down the street, and into the location where it will ultimately stop. That sort of information can alert a response to track or follow the car and ultimately lead investigators to the scene of a previous crime or the perpetrators home base.

Wide Area Surveillance

◊ Aerial/Amphibious & All Terrain
◊ Integrated Hovercraft/Drone Solution
◊ Quick Deployment from Land or Water
◊ Underwater, Surface & Air Surveillance
◊ Continuous & Long-term Global Aerial View

◊ Long-Term Mobile Surface View
◊ Monitor Mobile or Migrating Coordinates
◊ Move Quickly from Surveillance to Tactical
◊ Monitor Floods, Fires and Disasters
◊ Identify, Track and Follow Target
◊ Cinema cameras Alexa or Red Epic

◊ Single or Dual operators (Pilot + Camera)
◊ Compatible Commercial flight Controllers
◊ Thermal or Spectral Photo/Video
◊ Sonar, Listening & GPS Positioning
◊ Real-Time Data Link to Control Center

OPTION 1 Actionable Intelligence - Wide Area Surveillance

The POD Ops is unique, our solution is designed to monitor a wide area from the air, on the surface, below the surface or underwater and on any terrain.  We offer multiple tools from wide area cameras installed on drone programmed to sweep search an area, to night vision or thermal cameras that are installed on unmanned hovercraft USV capable of traveling back and forth from land to sea or drones UAV. 

Listening devices can also be used on our drones or hovercraft, each can be outfitted with sonar and GPS.  Our amphibious hovercraft can utilize single beam or multi beam echo sounders and sensors as well as provide surface response or the ability to move from water to land.  The entire operation can be mobile performing surveillance over a single perimeter or multiple coordinates and when combined with hovercraft, tethered drones or our robotic mobile drone battery swamp station a search application can operate for extended hours.

Besides locating suspicious activity, the system could potentially be used to “track a target” to an otherwise unreachable location. For example a drone might be utilized to see at night, warn vandals, access a situation before it becomes a threat, engage pirates, follow suspects, even  perform facial recognition.

Wide Area Actionable Intelligence

Wide Area Intelligence

◊ Hyper Spectral (Color Definition)
◊ Lidar (Terrain Mapping)
◊ High Resolution Cameras
◊ Low Lite Cameras (Night Vision)

◊ Thermal Imaging Cameras
◊ Single Beam Echo Sounders
◊ Multi Beam Echo Sounders
◊ Listening Devices & Sonar
◊ Particle & Radiation Sensors
◊ Water Depth & Sediment Sensors

◊ Microorganisms & Chemical Sensors
◊ Non Lethal Deterrents and Weapons
◊ Real-Time Communication (GPS & AIS)
◊ Integrated Data & Control Center

Option 2 Drones - Wide Area Suveillance

Drones fly to any waypoint in seconds, visually detects humans and tracks them, leading security personnel to suspects in real-time while streaming live video and location to operators in the control room.

With drones there is real time flight management, flight tracking, planning, and sensor data management and dissemination enabling multiple UAS operators to plan and remotely share video, pictures, and tracks.

Drones fly a pre-defined route to identify suspicious activities in its view. The drone is able to continuously search for moving objects while on patrol, alert and stream live videos in case of suspicious movements detection.

Each of our drones have the capability of “monitoring a wide area” with high resolution video cameras to survey and search an area. Via on-board video recorder or FPV (first person view) technology, we can survey extensive terrain in real time. Once a subject of interest is located, the exact location can be relayed back to the ground crew. On-board video can also be downloaded for post-flight inspection.

Average flight times for these all electric drones is usually between 10-25 minutes giving the pilot enough time with several batteries to scan an area miles in diameter using a zig-zag sweep pattern or expanding spiral search pattern. One drone can search an extensive area in minutes that might take an entire group of ground personnel to cover in hours.

Drone Highlights

◊ Carbon Fiber Frame
◊ Extended Flight Times
◊ Central Gravity 100%
◊ Lightweight & Easy to Travel

◊ Folds Down to 30%
◊ Designed By Drone Pilots
◊ Drone Payload Capacity up to 60kg
◊ Modular Rotor Configuration
◊ Unparalleled Configuration
◊ No Extra Assembly Time

◊ Can be Tethered to Hovercraft
◊ Long Term Surveillance to Tactical
◊ Designed and Built in the US.
◊ Compatible with HoverHomeTM

OPTION 3 Hovercraft - Wide Area Surveillance

Hov Pod All Terrain Hovercraft are extremely useful on areas designed, built, or used for traveling off public roads, especially concrete, gravel roads, unpaved trails, beaches, uneven terrain or any flat wilderness.  Due to inaccessibility there are large remote terrain, amphibious landscapes and marine expansions that are difficult to monitor or secure. Resolving the issues of managing these areas will become more urgent as fishing depletes coastal resources, climate change forces migration and protecting borders rises in importance.

Given the logistical and economical challenges of monitoring monuments, wilderness sanctuaries, forests, desert regions, remote borders, multi-terrain or protected areas creates unique security issues. Deploying the right surveillance technologies can increase monitoring capability and guide law enforcement personnel to suspicious activities.  Hovercraft deliver all terrain capability meaning the Hov Pod Hovercraft can act immediately taking a direct line for fast response without concern to water depth or other surface limitations in its path.

Hov Pod Hovercraft are well suited for rolling terrains of grasses or grassland and are able to operate on this landscape without affecting natural habitat or ecology. This is important because these rich areas between forest and desert receive 10 to 30 inches of rain per year and the ecosystem is delicate , hovercraft are extremely agile on these delicate landscapes and will not contribute to the erosion.

POD Ops monitoring and enforcement strategies, present some of the most efficient and cost effective solutions for operating in these challenging areas and monitoring human activity.

Hovercraft Highlights

◊ All-Terrain/Amphibious
◊ Carries Passengers or Cargo
◊ Quick Deployment Land or Water
◊ Continuous & Long-term Surface View

◊ Commercial Grade Small and Medium Duty
◊ Carbon Fiber/Kevlar or HDPE - 5 Year Warranty
◊ Proprietary Anti Rip Skirt System
◊ Wide Footprint - Maximum Buoyancy
◊ Proven in Harsh Conditions
◊ Can be Retrofitted with Stretcher

◊ Utilize Payloads, GPS, Cameras, Sonar
◊ Tethered to a Drone for Surface to Air Visibility
◊ Hov Pod World Leading Brand
◊ Autonomous Capable

Option 4 Tethered Drones - Wide Area Surveillance

Tethered drones are one of the most promising and powerful new technologies for continuous monitoring operations. Tethered drones naturally complement traditional wide area security operations by helping to ensure that operations can be conducted safer, faster, and more efficiently.

Wide area security operations are extremely costly with traditional fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Tethered drone may aid and support search efforts in many situations for a fraction of the cost in risk, and resources.

Once a subject of interest is located, the drone could detach from the tether and track or engage, while the hovercraft  provides surface response. Onboard video can also be downloaded for post-mission inspection. One drone and a hovercraft can search an extensive area in minutes that another crew may not be able to reach or that might take an entire group of ground personnel to cover in hours.

Drone tethered to hovercraft technology is highly deployable. Drones and hovercraft, can be launched in a variety of environments without the need for a runway. A tethered can be stationary or mobile, able perform surveillance around a single perimeter or multiple coordinates and tethered drone perimeter application can operate for extended hours.

Tethered Drone Highlights

◊ Critical Asset for Security Operations.
◊ Continuous & Long-term Global Aerial View
◊ Risk-Free Efficient Surveillance Night & Day
◊ Not Defined as Unmanned Aircraft
◊ Major Cost Advantage over Helicopters

◊ Major Cost Advantage Manned Aircraft
◊ Can Be Deployed to Monitor a Large Area.
◊ Compact, Lightweight and Quick To Deploy
◊ Makes Little Noise from a High Position
◊ Ensures Discreet Surveillance

◊ No Need for Trained Pilots to Operate
◊ Follows Hovercraft Wherever It Goes
◊ Disaster Areas, Floods and Storms
◊ Swamps, Ice, Mud, Wetlands, Desert
◊ Autonomous Capable

Option 5 HoverHome - Wide Area Surveillance

Drones have distance, flight time and operational limitations due to battery life, maximum remote control range and line of sight restrictions. If the home station is in a static location, operators must ensure that drones stay within remote control range or line of sight and that each drone has sufficient power to get home safely.

Autonomous all-terrain mobile surveillance, security, border patrol or search and rescue operations?

Mobile Drone Station - HoverHome is a mobile all terrain automated battery swap station, that not only allows for operation in remote areas but when a drones battery gets low, our robotic station can land the drone, swap the battery with a freshly charged one, and relaunch the drone to resume its mission. All with or without a pilot or crew on-board.

HoverHome - Mobile Drone Station is expanding the capabilities of commercial drones, by allowing for launching and landing on water, amphibious or hard to reach terrain. Enabling near-continuous flights with minimal down time, this mobile automated battery swap station also ensures data is collected when and where it is needed in a data-driven world.

Mobile Drone Station

HoverHome Highlights

◊ Up to 12 Batteries Recharged
◊ Robotic Battery Swap
◊ All-Terrain Mobile Coverage
◊ Disaster Areas, Floods and Storms

◊ Swamps, Ice, Mud, Wetlands, Desert
◊ Increased Flight Distances
◊ Enables Near-Continuous Flights
◊ Battery Health & Monitoring
◊ Mobile App Data Collected Real-Time
◊ Data Link Upload to Cloud

◊ Military Grade Container
◊ Web API Integration
◊ Launch on Land or Amphibiously
◊ Autonomous Capable