Security & Policing Show Provides Multitude of New Enquiries
15-17th March 2022 | Sony ISS recently exhibited at Security & Policing Show (Farnborough 15th - 17th MARCH 2022). This gave the team a long-overdue opportunity to engage with people face-to-face. Though it is a UK-based event, representatives attended from across the EMEA region. As a result, Sony ISS staff were able to have in-depth discussions about numerous interesting application possibilities.
According to Neil Pisavadia, Senior Business Development Manager at Sony ISS, “It was great to get the chance once again to interact with customers and show them first-hand exactly what our cameras can deliver in terms of reliability and performance. We learned about the technical challenges that customers in the security sector are currently facing and help them find effective solutions.”
In relation to drones, it was clear that the image stabilisation and autofocus (AF) capabilities of the new FCB-950 cameras are showing themselves to be of real benefit. Alongside those characteristics, the lightweight construction of these cameras, combined with their low power consumption, means that drone flight time can be increased. Allowing more imaging information may be retrieved per flight.
Police forces are already starting to use FCB-950 camera blocks in their vehicles. They enable high-quality image acquisition for number plate recognition, even when vehicles are travelling at high speeds, and there are low light levels. The wide dynamic range of the STARVISTM 4.17Mpixel CMOS image sensor incorporated into each camera block, plus the advanced auto exposure (AE) feature means that different light conditions can be adapted to - with industry-leading results day or night.
Another topic of conversation with several customers was long-range border surveillance. Here the Alpha 7S Mark III 12.4MPixel full-frame camera is proving to be a highly optimised solution - thanks to its exceptional low light performance and large pixel pitch (allowing more photons of light to be captured). There is also a lot of potential for these cameras when it comes to off-shore monitoring around ports – in essence, boat movements can be checked in all conditions, helping to prevent smuggling and piracy.
A Sony demo at the Security & Policing Show gained a lot of attention. Attendees were able to experience the operation of an IR modified Alpha 7S Mark III placed within a dark room. By changing its wavelength sensitivity so that the IR spectrum may be better addressed, this camera is highly optimised for forensic analysis and crime scene investigation purposes.
Looking ahead, Sony ISS will be at the GPEC police-related equipment conference in Frankfurt in a few weeks’ time (31st May – 2nd June). You can see demos and talk to our experts by visiting stand xxx.