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    I spotted this rig earlier. Very nicely kitted. Some kind of Government surveillance vehicle according to the driver. Big brother is watching us



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    Yip there is some hectic surveillance goodies in there.

    http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.ph...ity&Itemid=113

    Mandela Bay purchases mobile surveillance vehicle worth R6 million

    Friday, 16 July 2010 05:37

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality has purchased a R6 million mobile surveillance vehicle (MSV) from Carl Zeiss Optronics (CZO) and partner Afrisec to help it in its fight against crimes such as metal theft that has cost the metro R9 million in its last financial year.

    City assistant director for security services Andre du Toit says the municipality suffered damages of R3 million in just one recent incident when thieves stripped metal from a high tension power pylon that then collapsed in subsequent high wind and pulled down 3km of cable. Du Toit adds that during a trial deployment of the MSV in the metro that includes Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, three thieves were arrested within the first hour.

    “An officer on foot and patrol cars is not the answer anymore” Du Toit says, adding technology is now necessary to defeat organised metal stripping syndicates.

    CZO says some 250 similar systems are already in use, primarily in Europe, where it is generally used for covert border surveillance. CZO managing director (MD) Kobus Viljoen says state arms procurement agency Armscor, the SA National Defence Force and the national police service have shown interest in the system for general crime fighting and border surveillance. Officials are expected at the CZO plant in Centurion next week. CZO is 30% Denel-owned.

    “With the increased global emphasis on security and border control, we are pleased to be at the forefront of surveillance technology which will aid border control and crime fighting operations in South Africa,” avers Viljoen. He adds “the idea with our equipment is to use less manpower, but be twice as efficient and cut costs...”

    The first South African-built MSV is based on the Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 platform and provides long range, 360° day and night surveillance capability, even under adverse weather conditions.

    The MSV features a mast-mounted daylight charge-coupled device (CCD) camera with 36x zoom lens, high-resolution thermal imager (TI) for night surveillance and an eye-safe laser rangefinder for intruder position location. A typical TI can track a walking man at 10km and can identify one with a firearm at 3km. The camera has a range of about 7km. The sensor mast collapses into the vehicle roof and is controlled by operators in the vehicle’s control compartment. Any suspicious activities get displayed on a digital map to aid reaction forces to locate the suspects, CZO Land/Handheld Systems Programme Manager Roberto Bruzzaniti explained.

    To reduce operator fatigue, the MSV utilises sensor automation, proprietary software-driven automatic intruder movement detection, intruder tracking, and situational recording,” Bruzzaniti adds. Video footage can also be send to a central control room by datalink for remote observation. For under-cover operations the vehicle is fitted with a driver’s thermal camera, which enables the vehicle to be positioned to a strategic location in total darkness without use of its headlights.

    Afrisec MD Gary Johnson says part of the brief to his company was that the MSV needed to communicate with the existing Mandela Bay central control room, which Afrisec had designed and implemented. Operators there will be able to monitor the thermal images from the mobile unit and the operators in the vehicle will be able to select and monitor from the existing 350 surveillance cameras already installed by Afrisec in the central business district and various municipal buildings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ne3M
    My tax money...
    For sure. He says there are 12 x 205ah batteries in the back and a whole lot of surveilance equipment
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    Ha, ha - Its got BFG A/Ts, its gonna get stuck somewhere......luckily they have 2 spares

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    Did some more searching:

    The MSV features state-of-the-art sensors, including a daylight CCD camera with 36x zoom lens, a high resolution thermal imager for night surveillance and an eye-safe laser rangefinder for target location. The sensors are mounted on a mast which emerges from the vehicle’s roof and is controlled by operators within the vehicle’s control compartment. Video from the sensors is monitored by the controllers and the location of suspicious activities is displayed on a digital map to aid reaction forces to locate suspects.
    To reduce operator fatigue, the MSV utilizes sensor automation, automatic target movement detection, target tracking, and situational recording.

    Video footage can also be beamed to a central control room for remote observation. For under-cover operations the vehicle is fitted with a thermal driver’s camera which enables the driver to drive to a strategic location in total darkness without the use of the vehicle’s headlights.

    Afrisec has delivered the first MSV to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, with further orders expected from other leading South African municipalities. Part of the NMBM brief to Afrisec was that the mobile surveillance vehicle shall communicate with the existing NMBM Central Control Room, which Afrisec designed and implemented.

    Operators in the Central Control Room will be able to monitor the thermal images from the mobile unit and the operators in the vehicle will be able to select and monitor from the existing 350 Surveillance Cameras already installed by Afrisec in the CBD and various NMBM buildings.

    A primary function of the mobile surveillance vehicle is to combat electrical infrastructure and non ferrous metal theft proactively, by coordinating the mobile unit with the existing Street Surveillance cameras and mobile surveillance trailers that Afrisec has built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie
    Ha, ha - Its got BFG A/Ts, its gonna get stuck somewhere......luckily they have 2 spares
    Yeah! When I chatted to the driver he said they weren't happy with the BFG A/T's. I told him he should get the Cooper STT's instead
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