MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System Wins Border Security Award
WILMINGTON, Mass. – MARCH 14, 2013 – Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today its MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) system has been named “Best Outdoor/Ground Sensor” by GSN: Government Security News as part of the publication’s inaugural Border Security Awards program. MicroObserver earned the top honor, a Platinum Award, in its Detection Solutions product category. Currently in use by the U.S. Army as well as customers in the Middle East, the MicroObserver UGS system delivers actionable intelligence with new levels of covertness, ease-of-use and performance that greatly enhances border surveillance and monitoring.
Winners of the 2013 GSN Border Security Awards were announced on Monday, March 11, prior to the start of the 7th Annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix. Entries were reviewed by a panel of independent judges led by Chuck Brooks, first director of legislative affairs for the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security and a defense and foreign policy advisor to the late Senator Arlen Specter.
“The MicroObserver UGS system is a proven border security solution, and we’re honored to have its capabilities acknowledged with this award,” said Textron Defense Systems Vice President, Advanced Weapons & Sensors, Henry Finneral. “In addition to delivering cost-effective actionable intelligence, MicroObserver is easy for the user to operate, maintain and upgrade, making it one of the most effective tools available for land border protection.”
MicroObserver utilizes advanced tracking and seismic detection technology to reduce false alarms over other UGS. MicroObserver detects, classifies, tracks and displays actionable intelligence, showing the position, direction and speed of threats (both personnel and vehicles). This makes it easier to determine the location of items of interest and intercept them. MicroObserver can be used as a standalone solution or as part of an integrated solution to provide critical coverage in radar or camera blind spots.
Additional information about Textron Defense Systems’ unattended ground sensor solutions is available at www.textrondefense.com/products/isr/ugs.php.
About Textron Defense Systems
Textron Defense Systems employs advanced technology and industry-leading expertise to develop and manufacture innovative product solutions including air-and ground-based smart weapons; directed energy weapons; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, or ISR, systems; and vehicle protection systems. Its distinctive solutions for U.S. and allied militaries, aerospace and homeland security communities provide precision effects, intelligence-gathering capabilities and force protection. Textron Defense Systems is an operating unit of Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textrondefense.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
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