HELIKITE AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS
Largest Range of Aerostat Cameras
Helikites are unique in having our proprietary, universal 'Steady-Cam' Camera Attachment system. This allows almost any type of camera to be easily attached and then held steady and level whilst providing a full 360 degree field of view. The 'Steady-Cam' systems also ensures that Helikite cameras are automatically lifted out of the way when the Helikites are close to the ground, so they are not damaged during landing or take off.
360 Degree Total Surveillance
Another feature of Helikites is their ability to keep the same angle of attitude in the sky whatever the wind speed. This is very useful for all-round surveillance as it allows numerous cameras to be attached all around the Helikite to provide 360 degree surveillance. So even without the addition of camera levelling systems there is constant and reliable viewing of everything below the Helikite. A high zoom camera pointing in on direction is exceedingly useful, but it will miss what it is not pointing at. Getting constant video or photographic information from all around means nothing is missed. This is very useful for wide area policing of incidents such as riots, football matches crowds, festivals, traffic control or military training .
For very long range or higher resolution video, gyro-cameras are required. There are now excellent models available from the UAV and helicopter industry. Most UAV gyro-cameras can be lifted with Helikites, but we concentrate on those that offer the best performance for the least weight and power whilst remaining within a reasonable budget. These cameras are regularly updated and all new cameras are of interest to Allsopp Helikites.
Manufacturers Worldwide Support
The ability of the camera manufacturers to provide timely production, good warranty and worldwide maintenance of their products is very important. This is taken into account by Allsopp Helikites when recommending cameras for use on Helikites.
Large Surveillance Systems
Larger camera systems cost more per unit, but, if vast areas need to be protected larger systems often cost less per square kilometre of surveillance coverage.
Airborne Long-Distance Patrolling
The ability of Helikites to be operated from mobile trailers as well as straight from the ground is very important for rapid deployment. Unlike other aerostats (that rapidly become unstable) Helikites can be towed at high speed behind trailers, trucks or boats with no problems at all. This allows long-distance patrolling and fast pursuit of felons in areas without overhead telephone or power cables. Patrolling in this way reduces the surveillance costs per square Km by ten times compared to fixed installations.