For enhancing border security, surveillance, and enhancing protection of critical infrastructure, leading defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Textron Systems Corporation as a first step for supplying the Textron Systems MicroObserver Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) system to Indian security agencies.

The agreement was signed during Defexpo 2014, the eighth biennial Land, Naval, and Internal Homeland Security Systems Exhibition that began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

“We’re looking forward to working with BEL to bring this critical surveillance system to Indian government agencies that will benefit from its wide range of proven capabilities,” explained Ian Walsh, Textron Defense Systems’ senior vice president and general manager.

“Bharat Electronics Limited expects the benefits of this system to filter down to various agencies responsible for the management of the Indian borders, thus fulfilling our overall objective of bringing in cutting-edge technologies to India,” said BEL Director of Marketing P.C. Jain while explaining the reason for the tie-up.

The MicroObserver UGS system is unique in that rather than showing just a single detection alarm, it provides actionable intelligence by displaying the position, direction, and speed of personnel and vehicle threats, making it easier for border management agencies to locate, identify and intercept them.

The system also makes identification of targets possible with imaging sensors that are triggered by sensor detections. These utilise proven target detection algorithms, and generate multiple images that appear as video. It also utilises advanced tracking and seismic detection technology to significantly reduce false alarms over existing ground sensors.

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