PRESS RELEASE May 12, 2013
SKYSENTRY DEMONSTRATES AEROSTAT SURVEILLANCE TO MINING INDUSTRY
SkySentry LLC announces demonstration of its Tactically Expedient Aerostat (TEA) to the worldwide mining industry at the May 2013 Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Conference. The TEA-10, which contains approximately 10 cubic meters of helium volume, was flown high above the hundreds of displays in the Toronto Convention Center. The TEA-10 was equipped with a high resolution surveillance camera, streaming continuous video of conference activities. The concept being demonstrated was that judicious placement of an aerostat—a helium filled, stable balloon—near the edge of a deep pit mine can significantly enhance effectiveness of communications, data transmission and situational awareness within the mining activity. Aerostats are available from SkySentry, which are completely self-contained with power, ground control stations, surveillance and communications to the outside world. Alternatively, they easily integrate with communications and electrical utilities already in place. The aerostat can be placed quite far back from the edge of the pit and still "see" to the bottom of the pit. Functions performed by larger model TEAs deployed to remote mining locations include:
➢ Provision of telemetry links from trucks, tractors, and other vehicles to relay origin, load, speed, destination, precise location and maintenance status.
➢ Day-night surveillance provided by stabilized cameras on the aerostat, to enhance situational awareness, safety, and security of the busy mining and living areas.
➢ Communications, to enable in-network and external phone connectivity, texting, streaming video to individual Smartphones, personal geo-location and internet reachback, even in very remote areas.
SkySentry's TEA surveillance-communications concept offers distinct advantages over the towers and masts currently in wide-spread use by the mining industry:
➢ Integrated high bandwidth satellite communications offer reachback from within the network with regular smartphones to commercial phones and internet
➢ The TEA is easily relocated away from danger zones during blast operations on the mine walls
➢ The higher elevation of the TEA over the mining pit greatly reduces blind spots and loss of line-of-sight links within the pit
➢ In remote, austere locations, the TEA is easier to protect from pilferage than numerous towers, wires, and electronic components.