elbit sensor 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
As the Defense Ministry moves forward with plans to erect a barrier along the
border with Egypt, Elbit Systems unveiled on Sunday a miniature wireless sensor
that is buried underground and can detect human and vehicular
Called SAND – Smart All- Terrain Networked Detectors – the
small and light sensor has a life of five years and is capable of remotely
monitoring wide open areas.
Using seismic and acoustic sensors, the
system detects and tracks the movement of people – either crawling or walking –
as well as vehicle movements. Its unique algorithms filter out animal
“This enables a user to control perimeters covertly and over
time,” explained Arik Largman, the SAND project manager.
Each sensor can
detect movement within several dozen meters and together transmit their findings
to a rear command center. The system is currently under evaluation by the IDF
and Elbit has also encountered interest in Europe.
Hermetically sealed in
high-pressure metal casing, the sensors are protected from environmental damage
including moisture, corrosion and other disturbances.
Once in place, the
sensors can remain in position for over five years.
Last week, the
Defense Ministry presented its timeline for the construction of the
along the Egyptian border to the cabinet and is in the coming months
to issue a tender to companies.
On Sunday, Elbit put its land systems on
display at its headquarters in Netanya including the latest C4I
control, communications, computers and intelligence) technology which
recently integrated into its ground forces.
One system which was unveiled
for the first time on Sunday was the mini viper, a small light-weight
can be used to inspect buildings before troops enter.
The robot weighs
3.5 kilograms and carries a blackand- white camera in front and in its
camera with infrared sensitivity.
The IDF also recently decided to
purchase tactical satellite communications systems that can provide
with the ability to hold video-conference calls and watch live feed from
unmanned aerial vehicles while on the move.
Called Elsat 2000, the system
is manufactured by Elbit Systems Land and C4I – Tadiran.
The IDF plans to
install the system on vehicles for company commanders and above,
Achzarit armored personnel carrier, the new Namer armored personnel
which is based on the Merkava tank as well as other lightly-armored