EUROSATORY 2008 – The CONTROP SPIDER stabilized panoramic automatic intruder detection system has arrived at EUROSATORY 2008 for the first time as an operating system. This is an opportunity for visitors to the CONTROP booth in the Israel Pavilion, hall six, stand 240d, to actually operate this surveillance system with a ‘hands on’ approach. Everyone knows that seeing, and doing for one’s self, is believing.


Time and time again, the SPIDER and CEDAR systems are the chosen ‘virtual fence’ to protect important facilities, most often following a rigid comparison study of security systems available on the international market. In fact, in an important recent programme, CONTROP SPIDER / CEDAR systems were chosen by an ‘undisclosed country’ to provide airbase protection and surveillance, a contract whose value exceeds $3 million. The SPIDER was approved as “the ideal operational intruder detection system” by the Israel MOD.

Last year, the CEDAR was chosen to provide port and harbour protection for a number of major and strategic airports and seaports in Europe and elsewhere, to the great satisfaction of its operators and customers. This was following strict testing and approval by the US Coast Guard. Furthermore, the CEDAR system was integrated with a coastal radar system providing reliable successful protection against intruders.

The CEDAR was also part of an integrated programme designed for the security and defence of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In Greece, the CEDAR systems provided ground and coastal protection and defence against a wide variety of possible intruders by land and by sea. The CEDAR provided day and night protection of the Greek ports and harbours in the fight against terrorism and intrusions, when thousands of athletes and enthusiasts visited the Greek capital in August 2004. With more than five years of proven reliability in the field, the CEDAR is unsurpassed in detection of unwanted intruders.

The CEDAR system is part of a ‘family’ of automatic intruder detection systems developed by CONTROP, that create a ‘virtual fence’ around the protected perimeter, offering automatic, passive detection from intruders both by day and by night, for civilian and military applications. These systems automatically detect changes in a wide scanned panoramic view, in real time. Due to the fact that these systems scan at a rate much faster (up to ten times faster) than state-of-the-art scanning VMD systems, and due to the fact that they can provide very long-range detection capabilities, they can protect a very wide area most cost-effectively. These two systems have recently been upgraded and tested to provide proven operational reliability in climates as low as -40°C.


CONTROP continues to exhibit the importance of such a system worldwide, and the CEDAR – together with another product in the family of long-range automatic intruder detection systems – the SPIDER continues to be the chosen system for the protection of some of the world’s most important and challenging surveillance programmes. The detection and recognition systems are known worldwide for their proven track record for long range capabilities. Recently, these systems were chosen in a programme by two ‘undisclosed countries’ for coastal surveillance, for a contract whose value is $7 million.


The CEDAR compact electro-optical intruder detection system is a highly sophisticated electro-optical day / night panoramic intruder detection system, which automatically detects intruders while scanning a desired wide area or section. The scan sector may be selected in both azimuth and elevation axes, whereby the wide dynamic range is provided by an accurate motorised pan and tilt unit.

The CEDAR system operates in a panoramic scan mode for multiple intruder detection as a primary mode of operation, and may be switched to full observation mode for detected target recognition and identification. A state-of-the-art continuous optical zoom for both the CCD and the FLIR cameras provides a powerful tool for target recognition and identification while in observation mode.

First-hand experience in the war against terror and years of field operational experience places CONTROP Precision Technologies alongside other world leaders as providers of security and defence solutions. Innovation, quality, cost effectiveness and state-of-the-art electro-optic systems characterise the fine surveillance and reconnaissance systems designed by CONTROP Precision Technologies for airborne, maritime and ground surveillance applications. The changing international scene and growing need for intruder detection capability has been key to CONTROP’s success in recent years, and to the company being awarded these prestigious contracts.