IDEX 2017 : ALTAVE showcases its capabilities in the Middle East

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IDEX 2017 : ALTAVE showcases its capabilities in the Middle East
The brazilian company Altave showcases its capabilities at IDEX 2017. In 2016, the Olympic Games authorities innovated to prevent terrorism and other criminal activities during Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil this year. The security authorities responsible for the Olympics have chosen a solution using aerostats to be the key technology in help of crime prevention in Rio. After an international procurement, four ALTAVE OMNI units were bought by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice.
IDEX 2017 ALTAVE showcases its capabilities in the Middle East 640 001 The Altave Omni 200 systems (Photo Altave)
ALTAVE OMNI systems flew 200m above the ground in the four Olympic venues, permanently, watching everything that happens within kilometers from it. ALTAVE OMNI, a solution developed by Brazilian aerospace company ALTAVE is the first wide area persistent surveillance aerostat solution ever developed for civilian application worldwide.

With growing concerns about terrorism and criminal acts, especially in international events, the solution was acquired because it is unique in combining many characteristics to prevent, detect and quickly investigate suspicious acts:

• an intimidating effect of persistently floating a 6m size aircraft at 200m high in the sky;
• captured imagery of more than 120 MPixel per frame (60 times a Full HD resolution or 15 times a 4K resolution!), 3 frames per second;
• an extraordinary capacity of real-time detection for multiple users - up to 6 users can watch different parts of the full captured image, as if they were independent Pan, Tilt & Zoom cameras;
• forensic investigation for multiple users - up to 2 users who can locate an event by time and GPS coordinates and track backwards and forwards to understand the fact;
• covered area of up to 40 km2, all the area all the time – even if the users are not seeing an event, it’d certainly recorded for future access;
• up to 3 days continuous flight, after which a small helium replenishment is required;
• mobility to transport all the items in a trailer and change the launching site, and:
• low operational costs when compared to any other flying platform.

The total contract value granted to ALTAVE was around USD$8 million and included all the items required for the four systems to operate, such as the aerostats, winch systems, tethers, trailers, optronics, imaging processing servers, energy supplies, software and training. The project was developed under hash requirements and deadlines, making a total of six months from signing to delivering four field-tested units, under schedule.

ALTAVE is the south hemisphere leader in tethered air vehicles, especially aerostats and solutions for surveillance and communications based on them. Founded in 2011 by two aeronautical engineers, one with Masters in France (ISAE/Supaéro) and Thesis in NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the other with graduation work in Germany (TU Berlin), the team has a strong background from excellence engineering schools, including ITA (Aeronautical Institute of Technology), the school which started the aeronautical industry in Brazil, having EMBRAER as an outstanding result.