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Elvira

ELVIRA® combines smart software, with affordable radar, and is built explicitly for drone detection and tracking.  For early warning of incoming drones, you need radar. Simply put, no other sensor technology has a wider coverage area than radar. ELVIRA® provides you with early warning of approaching drones, in all directions, giving you precious time to react.

The ability to detect drones in the distance is not enough though. Drone detection systems need to work in low visibility conditions, and in urban environments full of obstacles, moving objects, and a just about infinite amount of wireless radio devices.

Drones can be pre-programmed for autonomous flight with no operator and can approach in swarms. Any drone detection system should, therefore, be capable of detecting multiple targets simultaneously. And they should not rely on the drone and controller radio signals, which are only present when the drone is actively controlled.

Last but not least, any drone detector needs to distinguish drones from other moving objects, like birds, to avoid false alarms.

ELVIRA® is our purpose-built drone detection radar, specifically designed to meet all of these challenges.

In fact, our ELVIRA® radar is so easy to set-up and use that you'll be detecting and tracking drones within minutes.

ELVIRA®'s map-based interface is comprised of colour-coded tracks. Red tracks indicate drones and their flight path. Orange tracks represent suspected drones. Green tracks represent birds and other moving targets. All track types can be toggled on and off, and the track visualisations and colours are all user-configurable. Satellite imagery is used as background mapping as standard and is automatically downloaded when connected to the Internet.

You can integrate ELVIRA®’s tracks and alarms as a layer in your own existing, or 3rd party, security systems and Command and Control (C2) systems. A simple XML broadcast-based interface is included with ELVIRA® as standard. Other protocols, e.g. ASTERIX, are available on request.

 

As a user, you can define virtual zones depending on your own particular use-cases. You can cause both visual and acoustic alarms to be triggered when a drone is detected and classified. And for the more complex environments or scenarios, you can also trigger alerts only when a drone enters a specific alarm area, which you define by yourself. Also, for the cases where you have deployed your own drones, you can determine safe zones, where drone detections will not cause alarms.

ELVIRA® is physically prepared for camera integration. You can easily integrate a Bosch PTZ camera, while some customers have integrated other camera systems of their choosing.

The radar’s micro-Doppler capability provides the necessary confirmation that a target has mechanical propulsion. Users typically require a visual picture of the target to take further action. ELVIRA® can be equipped with a high-resolution pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera for visual confirmation of the target. When a drone is detected, the camera zooms into its direction for a controller to acquire an image and report details.

Looking for that ‘silver bullet’? The black box that will detect, track, classify, and safely take out a swarm of bad-guy drones? Too bad. We hate to disappoint you, but there really is no ‘silver bullet’. Counter-drone solutions differ per case and require integration of various systems and technologies.

We believe in the power of cooperation between companies, based on the integration of modular systems. ELVIRA® is designed to be the preferred primary radar within a ‘system of systems’. Ready for integration with other detection systems, existing command centres and new forms of intervention.

ELVIRA® Specifications

Technology FMCW Solid State Radar
Frequency X-Band
Power Output 4W
Rotation / Scan Speed 45rpm / 1.3s
Instrumented Range 5km
Azimuth Coverage 360-degrees
Dimensions 918mm diameter x 1060mm height
Weight 72kg