Video Management System
May 15, 2014
Curtiss-Wright's Video Management System (VMS) offers complete surveillance solutions for rotary and fixed wing aircraft. VMS includes rugged displays, video distribution and recording equipment that are scalable, highly interoperable and easy to install and reconfigure. VMS has been successfully fielded in a wide range of demanding applications, including SAR and border patrol operations. In the UK, London's Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit relies on VMS. In Australia, airborne surveillance units deploy VMS on both fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
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More than a century since the Wright brothers took to the sky, aerial reconnaissance has dramatically changed our view of the world. With unprecedented levels of data available, the world’s leading surveillance authorities demand a video management system that makes processing this intelligence second nature. "We’ve got the 2 males secured." That video management system is Curtiss-Wright's VMS.
Curtiss-Wright are working hard to make the globe a safer place, by offering the most advanced airborne surveillance suite to government agencies, military and para-military forces the world over. Their video management system known as the VMS comprises industry leading video displays, video distribution and video recording technology.
Curtiss-Wright's VMS equipment is in operation in over 20 different countries and across 6 continents. Its deployment includes Australia’s Melbourne police law enforcement, the US armies light utility helicopter fleet, allied forces in Afghanistan, French and German military and Norwegian search and rescue. In London, it’s the choice of the metropolitan police's airborne law enforcement team. Their VMS is customized for the tough requirements of policing this capital city.
What we’ve got here is the latest Metropolitan police EC145 helicopter. It's fitted with a triple sensor camera system, and that feeds the video pictures into the aircraft and it’s displayed on any one of the 5 mission screens we’ve got fitted. The crew typically is 2 police officers and a pilot. The rear police officer is an air observer that takes on the role of tactical commander, and what they’ve got is 2x 15 inch mission displays. Now the mission displays are identical, so on those screens we can put any of the camera sensors, the moving map, then replay video that we have just recorded. We can receive uplink video and pretty much put it where we want when we want it.
Moving to the front, one of the biggest innovations is the introduction of a pilots screen, and this will fold away very easily for take-off and landing. And then once they are on task, they can simply pop the screen out it comes and they’ve got again access to all the video imagery on the aircraft. So the pilot can choose to look at what they want to look at when they want to look at it.
Moving round to the front left position, the front left seat is typically occupied by another police officer. The role of that forward observer is to operate the camera system, navigate to the task and assist the pilot with checklists, etc. In order to do that, they have a 10 inch display, and that display whilst it is used mainly to look at the video imagery, is a fully functional mission display that is capable of doing anything that the rear displays can do.
Finally, in the back here we’ve got a further 10 inch monitor, this fold down mission display is very very simple to operate. It folds down from the roofspace, typically it is viewed by a person sat in the rear of the helicopter. But the design and installation is such that it can be rotated, allowing it to be viewed form any position or from any seating position in the aircraft. It allows us to pick up a tactical command or a senior fire officer or police officer and they can fly in the aircraft with total control over the mapping or imagery, whatever they want to do. They can do that without any interference from the rest of the crew.
The VMS as you can see is a fantastic operational tool and it has really changed the way that we do business in London. The ability to bring together all of that video and present it to the observer in a way that they can use it quickly and intuitively has revolutionized the way that we do business. They’re able to use that video tactically and keep situational awareness whilst still obtaining details such as registration numbers and descriptions. You know it is a fantastic piece of kit that is really really easy to use and from our point of view changed fundamentally London air support and UK because all of our colleagues or a lot of our colleagues are following suit. Bringing new levels of information to airborne observers, delivering the latest technology in airborne surveillance, maximizing the effectiveness of each mission.
Curtiss-Wright’s VMS equipment doesn’t just live up to the mission, it rewrites the rulebook.