CNC Technologies, an aviation technology and wireless communications company serving the law enforcement, military and government markets, has been selected by the Michigan State Police (MSP) to deploy a state-of-the-art mobile video network to support the department’s airborne law enforcement operations.
MSP’s Aviation Unit works closely with all Michigan law enforcement agencies, as well as the Michigan National Guard and the United States Coast Guard air stations.
Services provided include:
- Patrol, Search and Rescue, Relays, Traffic Enforcement, Traffic Control
- Aerial Observation, Border and Drug Team Surveillance, Inland Search and Rescue
- Security, Training, Investigative and Administrative Flights, Marijuana Eradication
Thermal Imagery, Suspect/Evidence Transports, Special Events Security and Surveillance
The MSP Aviation Unit has a fleet of aircraft based out of Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport, with satellite offices in Saginaw and Ypsilanti.
Aircraft include a Beech King Air 90, Cessna 182R, Bell 206L3, Bell 407GX, and three Aeryon SkyRanger Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs).
The MSP Aviation Unit also uses a Mobile Command Center truck, which receives live video feeds from the helicopters or UAS, providing ground commanders with increased situational awareness of critical incidents.
Initiated to speed and improve the ability of MSP to share actionable aerial intelligence, the new solution will enable secure transmission of real-time video and data from the department’s airborne assets to officers and partner agencies across the region.
CNC will design, deploy and provide ongoing support for the entirely mobile video network, which will be integrated within MSP’s Mobile Command Center truck.
The new mobile video network system will centralize live video and data streams from MSP’s Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS fleet and helicopter assets, allowing officers to immediately distribute up to four simultaneous feeds to HD monitors, PCs and handheld devices via local WiFi and satellite.
The MSP’s Aeryon SkyRanger UAS aircraft are primarily used to photograph crash, crime, and fire scenes in order to assist investigators with incident mapping and in providing aerial photographs. Equipped with HD and IR cameras, the UAS can be deployed throughout the state.
(Learn More. Aeryon sUAS can be deployed in minutes and operate safely in confined environments that are inaccessible to manned aircraft and fixed-wing UAS. Automated features and fly-safe controls also reduce reliance on operator skill and minimize risk. This VTOL sUAS platform can hover at extended range while providing up-close, detailed video and photos, as well as consistent data collection. The Aeryon SkyRanger™ brings military-grade technology to public safety and commercial professionals around the world. Courtesy of Aeryon and YouTube. Posted on Nov 25, 2014)
To provide complete coverage across the state’s 96,000+ square miles, the new system has the capacity to stream video and data over both cellular and satellite networks, leveraging cellular in metro areas and satellite in rural regions.
The system is also the first from CNC to integrate both helicopter and drone video within a single platform with the drone transmission capability driven by a custom, CNC-developed software package.
“MSP has been at the leading edge of airborne law enforcement as one of the first agencies to integrate drones into its public safety and policing efforts,” said Ron Magocsi, founding partner and chief technology officer at CNC Technologies.
“We are pleased to assist them on this assignment and look forward to supporting the department in its public safety mission.”
(See More. The Michigan State Police were the first statewide police agency to receive clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration. Courtesy of MLive and YouTube. Posted on Mar 11, 2015)