McQ Inc. to support Barnacle Systems’ IDEaS contract
Fredericksburg, VA-based McQ Inc announced that it will supply advanced sensors to provide high quality video and target data over satellite communications in support of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) contract awarded to Barnacle Systems Inc, the maker of the BRNKL line of remote security and monitoring products. The contract is for the development of a solution that remotely monitors fixed assets in the Arctic for the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF).
Awarded as part of DND’s IDEaS program, this contract calls for Barnacle to evaluate and deliver both their new BRNKL Black sensor hub as a semi-portable integrated perimeter surveillance system and their BRNKL Rapid Deploy as a portable, rapidly-deployable security system.
The semi-portable solution, requiring more than one person to transport and deploy, integrates the BRNKL Black as a data logger, sensor processor, and user interface to fuse sensor data.
The overall goal of the project is to detect incoming intruders and monitor ground-station power systems to detect power outages. All events will be transmitted via Iridium satellite communications to a central command and control software platform that supports a mobile app and web application for viewing. Alerts can be sent to authorized users via push notifications or e-mail. Many of these ground-based assets are only accessible by snowmobile, horseback, or quad.
These innovations support those transport methods and allow the CAF to expand and enhance its reach in Canada’s North to support operations and exercises – something that can only be done when the assets are secured and optimized for use in the Arctic environment.
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