Military Embedded Systems

Rockwell Collins releases enhanced Patrol Persistent Surveillance System


September 26, 2014

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Rockwell Collins recently showcased new features to the Patrol Persistent Surveillance System (PPSS) at the Land Forces 2014 trade show in Brisbane, Australia.

New features include the integration of sensor data from the Aeryon SkyRanger small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) and the SpotterRF ground surveillance radar (GSR). PPSS combines imaging, sound, and vibration sensors for constant monitoring of threats against forward observation posts, military bases, other secure facilities, etc, and for heightened situational awareness (SA).

“The integration of the SkyRanger sUAS and SpotterRF demonstrates the ability of PPSS to accommodate individual sensors and cameras to meet the changing needs of an irregular perimeter,” says Nick Gibbs, managing director for Rockwell Collins Australia. “The fusion of multi-sensor data by the PPSS enables Rockwell Collins to provide our customers with the right information at the right time to avoid a facility perimeter breach.”

When an unattended ground sensor (UGS) senses activity, it sends a signal to the operator who will launch the SkyRanger sUAS to find the threat and provide eyes-on-target. The SkyRanger vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) sUAS provides secure tactical SA to ground forces and remote command in real-time.

Advanced autonomous capabilities and simple touchscreen controls on the PPSS operator’s console require minimal training for soldier, squad, or platoon-level deployment.

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