Skyquest for Met

UK-based Skyquest Aviation, specialists in airborne surveillance equipment, have announced that the Met will be installing their Video Management System in the force’s new fleet of EC145 helicopters.

Mar 23, 2006
By David Howell

UK-based Skyquest Aviation, specialists in airborne surveillance equipment, have announced that the Met will be installing their Video Management System in the force’s new fleet of EC145 helicopters.

Under the contract Skyquest will supply a comprehensive surveillance suite for each aircraft, giving the police new capabilities in airborne surveillance. Each aircraft will be fitted with five multi-function mission displays and multiple digital video recorders.

Operators, regardless of their position in the aircraft, can select any sensor image or multiple sensor images to be called to their display and send any selected data to microwave downlink or recording equipment onboard the helicopters.

Touch screen interfaces on the displays enable users to control other equipment such as moving maps, radar and number plate recognition computers on their screens without the need for multiple control panels. The man-machine interface has been developed jointly by Skyquest and the Met to enable each airborne police observer to get maximum use from all the equipment carried onboard the aircraft.

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