FLIR to Unveil 2nd- Gen SkyWatch Mobile Surveil Tower at IACP (Video)

ASTOR platinumFLIR Systems, Four-Time Winner of the 2016 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, including Top Honors for the Best Investigation/ Surveillance/ Detection Productand a Finalist in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards, is unveiling their Next-Generation FLIR SkyWatch™ Mobile Surveillance Tower at the IACP’s 124th Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 23rd, in Philadelphia, PA.

Elevated, Highly Mobile Security Solutions

Vantage point is everything when it comes to surveillance.

The two-story tall, standalone tower delivers several new engineering design features to enhance stability while providing law enforcement an aerial advantage for officers to see more, respond to incidents faster, and act as a symbolic deterrent in high vehicle or people traffic areas.

(Vantage point is everything when it comes to surveillance. SkyWatch™ mobile observation towers provide a high level platform for an array of surveillance options. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube)

The second generation SkyWatch features re-engineered lifting arms, improved horizontal bracing, and new outrigger stabilizers to withstand winds up to 60 miles per hour.

FLIR SkyWatch
FLIR SkyWatch

With the ability to tow the SkyWatch behind a vehicle, one officer can deploy the tower in 90 seconds, reducing personnel requirements.

Deployable on either flat or rough terrain, it provides officers a climate-controlled, 25-foot tall, 360-degree visibility vantage point for any mission. 

Depending on the mission, the SkyWatch may be customized with a range of FLIR equipment, including:

  • Thermal cameras
  • Night vision cameras
  • Day cameras
  • Radars, and/or
  • Additional law enforcement equipment such as
    • Radios and Public-Address Systems

Standard features include flood lights, under cab safety camera, tinted windows and generator and fuel tank.

(Learn More about FLIR’s border surveillance systems, combining performance, coverage, and reliability to create the most efficient solutions for border protection, coastal surveillance, vessel traffic monitoring, airport security, and other large perimeter security applications on the market today. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube)


Manned Mobile Surveillance System

SkyWatch mobile observation towers provide a high level platform for an array of surveillance options.

Every portable tower includes the basics for the comfort and safety of the officer inside through adjustable heat and air conditioning, tinted sliding glass windows and comfortable seating.

And no matter the application, only one person is required to set up and deploy a unit.

The SkyWatch portable surveillance tower can easily be relocated and is rugged enough to handle even the most primitive off-road conditions.

Each of our hydraulic security tower models are adaptable for cameras, radios, public address systems and other equipment integration.

Now, one officer can cover an area previously requiring three or more personnel.

(SkyWatch provides the perfect balance between security and force protection operations and the adaptability necessary to get the job done. Courtesy of FLIR Systems and YouTube)


SkyWatch manned mobile surveillance towers are available in two models – Sentinel and Frontier.

The SkyWatch Sentinel provides the high profile deterrence and surveillance capabilities police officers and security professionals need – from a prisoner working party to disaster response.

The SkyWatch Frontier provides the most robust and flexible surveillance options for high level security scenarios.

The Frontier also comes in either one or two-man cabs.

SkyWatch Mobile Surveillance Tower Features Include:

FLIR Systems SkyWatch
FLIR Systems SkyWatch
  • Totally self-sustained
  • Hydraulic motion
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Customized surveillance equipment integration
  • Tinted windows
  • Solar panel for increased energy output
  • Control console with weatherproof switch panel
  • Roof-mounted flood lights
  • Two 110V GFI outlets
  • One 12V outlet
  • Fail safe hydraulic system with electric and manual ascent and descent controls
  • Wind speed meter
  • Generator or shore power options
  • Dual axle trailer
  • Eye level height over 25 feet

SkyWatch Sentinel

FLIR Systems SkyWatch Sentinel
FLIR Systems SkyWatch Sentinel

The SkyWatch Sentinel provides a great vantage point, with increased options for customization for specific applications.

Due to greater vehicle flexibility, this unit has application in those arenas in which the SkyWatch Frontier may be excessive.

The SkyWatch Sentinel provides the perfect balance between security and force protection operations and the adaptability necessary to get the job done.


  • Command and control capabilities
  • Customizable sensor platform
  • Raises above a second story roof line

SkyWatch Frontier

FLIR Systems SkyWatch Frontier
FLIR Systems SkyWatch Frontier

The SkyWatch Frontier can be loaded with a significant array of surveillance and monitoring equipment as well as high level communications capabilities.

This unit maximizes personnel efficiency and can provide forward command and control capabilities.

With ruggedized construction and a diesel generator with 100 gallon fuel capacity (150 hr. run time), the SkyWatch Frontier can go further and stay longer than any other Sky Watch model.

We also offer ballistic rated cabs (NIJ Level III and NIJ Level IV) as well.


  • Most adaptable Sky Watch model
  • Expeditionary capabilities
  • Extended deployments

FLIR will show the second generation SkyWatch at the IACP in Philadelphia, PA, which is available for purchase today.

FLIR in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, the FLIR is competing against the industries leading providers of Innovative CBRNE Detection Systems, as well as Homeland Security Education Programs.

American Security Today will be holding the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m, Wednesday, November 15th at ISC East, the Northeast’s largest security industry event, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center in New York City.

At ISC East you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from over 225 leading brands in the security industry, allowing you to find out about new products and stay ahead of the competition.

Encompassing everything from Video Surveillance and Access Control to Smart Home Technologies and Unmanned Security, you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients.

To register for the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon at ISC East, in the Jacob Javits Exhibition Center from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, click on the banner below, or go to

Good luck to FLIR on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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