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. Observation Without Limits (O.W.L.), a Dynetics commercial business, delivers GroundAware to customers worldwide.

Using digital radar technology, 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.

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Less than $60 per acre

Coverage for huge areas for 1/10 cost. 1 unit surveils 2000 acres.

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8x per second

Updated data ensure accuracy and reliability. No false alarms - rejects nuisances.
GA Intelligent Alarms & Alerts

Intelligent alarms and alerts

Classifies targets to focus on real threats. Harnesses power of geo-data.
GA Integration

Fast, easy integration

Camera, video management system (VMS), access control, command and control (C2), and more. Low or no cost to integrate.
GA Mobile

Fully mobile

Real-time data anytime, anywhere enable fastest response.
GA Life cycle and support

Life cycle and support

Fast install, configuration and training. Warranty and ongoing support.

GroundAware Models

GroundAware GA4120

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

GA4120 Specifications

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.

GA1360 Specifications

Architecture
Simultaneous multiple beams
Instrumented range
100 m to 1 km
Walker detection range
500 km
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

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

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

Slower targets require longer dwell.
Traditional radars trade dwell time for revisit time and surveillance volume.

GroundAware Digital Beamforming Radar

Digital beamforming achieves dwell time equal to revisit time by observing entire sector in one dwell.
Requires multichannel digital receiver.
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
15km
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
850m
Limited in range and weather, limited tracking capabilities
Multiple subsystem and 3rd-party costs to integrate cameras, improve tracking
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