What Lurks Beneath?
While global conflict, climate change and potential pandemics capture many of the headlines, personal and property security risks remain top of many people's and organisations' lists of concerns.
Recent surveys placed international and domestic terrorism, and the havoc wreaked by rogue actors, as a major risk and concern. And while military and government agencies, informed by security analysts, are doing their best to counter these threats, security firms, facilities management and senior executives could be doing more.
"When perimeter security is a concern, such as at industrial, government or vital infrastructure facilities, the threat of security breaches and incursions is a primary issue" says Philip Brennan, Managing Director of UK security software and hardware firm, TechMondial.
"Sadly, while potential risks and threats have become more sophisticated, our primary way of monitoring vehicles and ensuring perimeter security has lagged behind. Today, in 2023, the use of handheld mirrors to inspect the underside of vehicles is still too prevalent. This technology is cheap, but lacks the necessary sophistication for such a vital role" said Mr Brennan.
A handheld mirror, thankfully, is no longer the only tool available to security personnel and operatives.
The FLEX-HH-300, developed by global security powerhouse Comm-Port Technologies, is a handheld under-vehicle surveillance camera (UVIS) designed as a lightweight, low power, man-portable UVIS system with simple setup and operation.
The self-contained inspection camera is ideal for reaching difficult or dangerous areas to check for potential hazards or security breaches.
"Handheld mirrors have many drawbacks" explains Mr. Brennan."They require lengthy exposure for the operative or security personnel to potential risk environments, only capture a limited view and perspective, are inefficient in poor light and adverse weather conditions, and do not offer data capture and recording capabilities."
"The Flex-HH-300 reduces the time of a typical vehicle inspection by 80%, uses full-colour video to identify potential risks in any light or location, improves vehicle inspection access from 30-40% to 100%, and creates a critical data capture of license plates, occupant images, and thorough vehicle inspection."