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Feb 17th 2014, 10:00

Raven Aerostar to Lead Panel Discussion at AFSEC 14

Raven Aerostar will lead a panel discussion at the upcoming African Security: The West African Coastal Surveillance and Maritime Security Summit for 2014 (AFSEC 14). The summit will be held February 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency in Casablanca, Morocco.

Affordable / Real Time Situational Awareness


Situational Awareness: Everyone Needs It—and Can Afford It!

Border defense, law enforcement and maritime safety all require precise, effective Situational Awareness. Persistent surveillance is the objective, despite the necessity to monitor specific—and often large areas of land and sea. Fortunately, that capability is now available and affordable in resources such as radar and cameras on mobile or stationary towers, aerostats, UAVs, high altitude balloons or sophisticated aircraft and satellites. Each of these components may be used alone or can be integrated into a system that offers continuous monitoring, intelligence and reconnaissance of any given area. Controlled from a single command center, every user can have access to real time information. In this age, when even unsophisticated criminals and terrorists have access to advanced technology, it is critical for security and defense forces to detect and respond to threats as early and as far from our shores as possible.

We’ll put the following questions to a panel of military and industry experts, who will address this important issue and invite discussion with our audience:

  1. What options are available to create a Situational Awareness capability for any given land or maritime area?
  2. What persistent surveillance capability can I afford without millions of dollars to spend?
  3. What technology is available for the unique security situation in my country?
  4. What is the cost of acquisition and expected return on my investment?
  5. How does persistent surveillance work?

Panel Experts

Dr Richard Downie, Ph.D.
Vice President, Regional Security Programs
Craig Laws
Raven Aerostar
Sr. Manager
Tethered Aerostats

Michael Perry
Vista Research
Director, Business Development
Radar Systems

John Tuohey
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Division
Director, Tactical Communications
Jason Fox
Vista Research
Director, Product Development
Radar Systems

About AFSEC 14

AFSEC 14 is a high-level security summit bringing together senior diplomatic, defence and law-enforcement professionals in order to share best practice and champion greater regional integration and cooperation. The conference supports, and seeks to contribute to, a unified response to maritime insecurity as the most effective way to disrupt and dismantle transnational organised crime, combat illicit flows, and fight terrorism.