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GroundAware®

Protecting critical infrastructure and perimeter security

GroundAware is a family of advanced, affordable, and reconfigurable surveillance sensors that detects intrusions in real time and instantaneously provides actionable information on potential threats.

Using digital beamforming radar, GroundAware continuously monitors areas of concern up to a range of 15 km in all weather and lighting conditions. When detected, intrusions are tracked in real time, as GroundAware automatically generates location/direction/speed details, slews cameras for visual assessment, triggers alarms, and sends alerts—it even classifies intruders as humans, animals, vehicles, or aircraft.

GroundAware is fully configurable, easy to integrate with other systems, and can be installed in a few hours. With its intuitive interface, GroundAware delivers rich situational awareness that critical infrastructure owners need to respond to intrusions as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

For owner/operators needing a straightforward, cost-effective approach to CIP-014 perimeter security, GroundAware provides a powerful surveillance technology platform.

GroundAware GA4120

The long-range GA4120 surveillance sensor enables automated real-time monitoring of and response to physical security threats at critical sites.

GA 4120 SPECIFICATIONS

GA4120 beam lines
Architecture
Simultaneous multiple beams
Instrumented range
100 m to 3.75 km
Walker detection range
> 2 km
Coverage
120° per face
Range resolution
5 or 10 m (adjustable)
Minimum detectable velocity
0.5 m/sec
Frequency
Software defined within S band
Selectable frequency sub-bands
10
Interface
Web based, iOS/Android compatible
Update rate
4-Hz software defined
Alerting
Email, SMS
Alarm and ignore zones
User defined
Alarm criteria per zone
User defined
Administration
Remote

GroundAware GA1360

GA1360 brings a new level of 360° situational awareness for critical infrastructure perimeter protection.

GA1360 automates real-time detection, tracking, and response to intruders within 1-km range—that's more than 750 acres with a single sensor. Similar specifications as GroundAware GA4120 but with 1-km range and 500-m walker detection range.

Architecture
Simultaneous multiple beams
Instrumented range
10 m to 1 km
Walker detection range
500 m
Coverage
360°
Range resolution
5 or 10 m (adjustable)
Minimum detectable velocity
0.5 m/sec
Frequency
Software defined within S band
Selectable frequency sub-bands
10
Interface
Web based, iOS/Android compatible
Update rate
4-Hz software defined
Alerting
Email, SMS
Alarm and ignore zones
User defined
Alarm criteria per zone
User defined
Administration
Remote

GA1360 SPECIFICATIONS

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GroundAware GA9000

GA9000 is the newest model in the GroundAware family of surveillance sensors. The GA9000 series of surveillance sensors introduces a new caliber of three-dimensional (3D) ground surveillance capabilities that enables detection, tracking, and response to threats on the ground and in low-altitude airspace.

GA9000 offers long-range power for detecting, tracking, classifying, and responding to threats caused by humans, animals, ground vehicles, aircraft, and even Class 1 and 2 drones. The result is that GA9000 users gain as much notice and response time as possible.

GA9000 SPECIFICATIONS

GA9000 beam lines
Architecture
Simultaneous multiple beams
Instrumented range
100 m to 15 km
Walker detection range
8 km
Vehicle detection range
13 km
Drone detection range
5 km
Aircraft detection range
15 km
Coverage
120° per face / 20° azimuth
Range resolution
5 or 10 m (adjustable)
Minimum detectable velocity
0.5 m/sec
Frequency
Software defined within S band
Selectable frequency sub-bands
10
Interface
Web based, iOS/Android compatible
Update rate
4-Hz software defined
Alerting
Email, SMS
Alarm and ignore zones
User defined
Alarm criteria per zone
User defined
Administration
Remote

The Digital Beamforming Advantage

For traditional scanning radars, slower targets require longer dwell time, which means reduced revisit time and surveillance volume. This means a loss of valuable lead time and accuracy in threat detection.

The digital beamforming radar at the heart of GroundAware observes the entire sector in one dwell, detecting intrusions as they happen to instantaneously provide actionable information on potential threats.

Traditional Scanning Radar

GroundAware digital beamforming radar

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Slower targets require longer dwell.
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Traditional radars trade dwell time for revisit time and surveillance volume.
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Digital beamforming achieves dwell time equal to revisit time by observing entire sector in one dwell.
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Requires multichannel digital receiver.
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Enables fine Doppler measurements for target identification.

Industries

Critical infrastructure security stakeholders can look to GroundAware to help them protect their perimeters and restricted areas at airports, power plants, electrical substations, drilling sites, prisons, forward operating bases, and other facilities. Any critical infrastructure with exposed perimeters and extensive grounds will benefit from GroundAware.

Competitive Comparison

  • Solution
    Human Role
    Units
    Range
    Accuracy/Reliability
    Cost
  • Simultaneous Multibeam S-band radar
    Flexible: respond to auto alerts or monitor
    1
    15 km
    All-hour/weather — humans, animals, vehicles, aircraft
    Few units to cover large areas; easy to implement
  • Humans
    24x7 involvement
    Varies
    Visual contact
    Visual contact required
    Requires 24x7 coverage with expensive human labor
  • Cameras
    Constant monitoring
    Varies
    Varies
    Limited by range, weather
    Many cameras for coverage and expensive infrastructure, limited by weather
  • Microwave
    Respond, manage infrastructure
    4
    <500m
    Soil type, etc. for buried systems; high false alarm rates
    Higher TCO W/4+ parts; requires extensive trenching and cabling, yet is prone to false alarms
  • Small, high-frequency radar
    Respond, manage, infrastructure, interface & design
    4-6
    850 m
    Limited in range and weather, limited tracking capabilities
    Multiple subsystem and 3rd-party costs to integrate cameras, improve tracking