What is an Under Vehicle Surveillance System (UVSS)?
An under vehicle surveillance system is a high-quality camera system which scans the undercarriage of passing vehicles to detect potential hidden threats or smuggling activity. The systems were designed to search for bombs and contraband that would otherwise go undetected. In these times in many regions in the world there is an increased awareneness of potential security threats of terrorist nature. High-end technology and sophisticated equipment is used in modern UVSS installations to make sure that no detail goes unnoticed.
SecIndGroup.com vendor EL-GO Team provides a unique under vehicle surveillance system: the 3DUVIS. This under vehicle surveillance system uses five color cameras to capture every angle of any undercarriage up to 3.5 meters wide. The system can scan, detect and compare images automatically making the security personnel’s job easier, safer and more effective. A bi-camera application sends undercarriage images and license plate images instantaneously for review, and the system itself can withstand a largely diverse climate from temperatures as low as -45 to as high as 85 degrees Fahrenheit without needing shelter or protection. At installation, five circulating fans are set appropriately to maintain a constant temperature of the system.
The under vehicle surveillance system can even recognize vehicle types and models for initial comparison, and the system itself has an anti-scratch and shatterproof lens with anti-condensation properties to prevent any image interference. It can be controlled remotely for personnel safety and can be easily integrated with any of the EL-GO Team other security barrier products for full protection. To top it all off, the user interface is incredibly friendly and prompt reports can be sent quickly, frequent visitors can be entered into the system to make access even quicker for “pre-approved” visitors. Vehicles can also be blacklisted or given temporary access.
Stationary vs. mobile UVSS installations
There are two types of under vehicle surveillance systems, permanent (stationary) and mobile systems. The permanent systems are embedded underground for a less obvious and intrusive approach to surveillance. The mobile units can be deployed to areas where there may be an immediate and temporary need for under vehicle scannin. Under vehicle surveillance systems were first developed by governmental agencies as a way to stave off terrorist attacks and to prevent material loss. Today, they are widely deployed in both public and private sectors. Many mass transit options utilize these security devices in an effort to thwart terrorist and criminal activity.
Airports around the world have been ramping up security measures since the security incidents that happened in recent years. Body scans, access control, video surveillance, ANPR, increased police and guarding presence and other measures were taken to increase the security level at airports. But also less visible systems were deployed, like under vehicle surveillance systems, which often are installed at major entry and exit points of the airport. These checkpoints allow all incoming and outgoing traffic to, be scanned thoroughly and images and events are recorded into a database and combined with license plate recognition, without disrupting the flow of travel or the need of manual intervention by security personnel. Vehicles can travel up to 45 kmh (28mph) and a full scan can still be completed with EL-GO Team’s sophisticated under vehicle surveillance system.
Trains are still a very popular mode of transportation all over the world. Many commuters are maling their way to and from work on a daily basis. Rail systems worldwide could benefit from the use of the inspection systems to survey the entire length and width of trains as they pass the unit. This allows security personnel to detect a threat in ways that are out-of-reach when using manual inspections. Using UVSS saves time and takes less manpower to accomplish. It also keeps personnel at a safe distance while performing the visual inspections.
Border crossings are already a point of contention in many places. Every country wants to make sure that their borders are secure and thus prevent terrorist attacks or criminal activity at its soil. With the under vehicle surveillance systems – border patrol jobs will be safer and result in more accurate risk assessments. In addition it is now possible to store records of any suspicious vehicle that moves into the country. The under vehicle surveillance system can detect something as small as 0.4*0.4cm so no detail is missed. Deploying UVSS installation at border crossings will improve security levels while ensuring the smooth flow of border traffic.