Otonomy Offers Answers To Ground Security
As more and more business and private jets travel farther abroad, often to airports where ground security is minimal at best and nonexistent at worst, Otonomy Aviation has a growing line of solutions.
The company, based in Bourdeaux, France, recently launched Parabellum, a wireless security system for parked aircraft. The system integrates a new range of 1080i high-definition digital cameras (CamHD) and provides a security perimeter around the aircraft into which any intrusion or impact will trigger an alarm.
A dedicated camera records video of the area and allows the operator to view the footage from any remote computer, a smartphone through the GSM/3G network, or via an optional satellite connection.
According to Otonomy, Parabellum has a battery life of more than 30 days and the video event storage has a 300-hour capacity. The stand-alone Parabellum box weighs slightly more than 11 pounds.
The CamHD 1080i high definition cameras were introduced earlier this year at Ebace. CamHD provides up to eight HD-SDI 1080 NTSC and Ethernet H264 signals to any in-flight cabin entertainment system or cockpit display. At the same time, video can be pushed to a Wi-Fi-connected electronic tablet, such as the iPad, thanks to a dedicated wireless link.
Powered directly by the aircraft’s 28-volt DC power source and connected to the in-flight entertainment system, each camera can be used as a stand-alone unit as a means of simplifying installation and reducing embedded weight.