NBAA Convention News

Otonomy Wireless System Secures Parked Aircraft

 - October 12, 2011, 12:10 AM

As more business and private jets travel further abroad, often to airports where ground security is nonexistent or minimal at best, Otonomy Aviation (Booth No. N608) has a growing family of solutions for security concerns.

The company, based in Bordeaux, France, has launched Parabellum, a new 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 an aircraft, triggering an alarm upon any intrusion or impact.

A dedicated camera records video of the area and allows the operator to view the footage from any remote computer, 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 (European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition). 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 tablet, such as an iPad, thanks to a dedicated wireless link.

The CamHD package is based on four components: the VCCU unit to monitor and duplicate video for the IFE-connected system; the CamHD-1 tail- or belly-mount high-definition camera; the CamHD-4 camera pod to provide a 360-deg view around the aircraft; and the CamHD-Z camera, which can zoom to 120X.

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.–K.J.H.