Controp Precision Technologies has announced that its SHAPO Airborne EO/IR surveillance payload is being used to protect the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The SHAPO gyro-stabilised three-gimbal camera payload aboard the ADB-150 Aerostat has been deployed above the Olympics area to support the Brazilian Air Force security mission.
It is equipped with a high-sensitivity colour day camera and a thermal imaging camera with a continuous optical zoom lens.
The ADB-150 aerostat carrying SHAPO EO/IR surveillance payload was launched on 9 August by Airship do Brasil to provide continuous surveillance, monitoring and public security of the Olympics area.
Prior to the start of the Rio Olympics this year, the system was installed as part of a surveillance operation with Air Force University (UNIFA) security systems at Afonsos Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro for the protection of the training centre for athletes competing in the Olympics events.
Controp said that SHAPO was designed for surveillance and observation on a variety of airborne platforms including aerostats, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and unmanned air vehicles.
The system is currently being used in a wide range of long-range surveillance and observation applications across the globe such as law enforcement, search-and-rescue (SAR), homeland security and defence.
SHAPO is also available in maritime and land versions for installation on patrol boats, vessels and observation vehicles.
Controp's airborne payloads are installed on a variety of airships and aerostats worldwide, in order to provide public security and safety.
Image: The SHAPO gyro-stabilised three-gimbal camera payload aboard the ADB-150 Aerostat. Photo: courtesy of CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd.