. AR1 Light Ray, conceived by the Portuguese technological TEKEVER Group and at the service of the Public Security Police (PSP) since 2013, was featured in UAS 2014, Europe's largest event on unmanned technology (UK)
. AR1 Light Ray was used by PSP during the Champions League Final, which took place in Lisbon in May
The unmanned aerial system AR1 Light Ray, conceived by the Portuguese technological TEKEVER Group and at the service of the portuguese Public Security Police (PSP) since 2013, was introduced in the UK as a successful case of use of mini-UAS technology (Unmanned Aerial System) in security operations.
This 100% Portuguese technology, already used in critical moments like the final of the UEFA Champions League in Lisbon, was featured in UAS 2014, Europe's largest event on unmanned technology, held in the UK in the days 9 and 10 September.
"In the opinion of PSP, the advantages of this technology undergo a better understanding, monitoring and study of the crowds. This technology gains great importance in complex police operations and surveillance of major events such as summits, high risk sports events, management of traffic flows or visits of high-level entities", said Rui Coelho de Moura, Head of Office of Research and Planning of PSP, who had the presentation of the project during the event. "One of the recent examples of the use of this equipment took place in the final of the UEFA Champions League, which took place in Lisbon in May," he added.
"We are enthusiastic of the use of unmanned technology at the service of people with goals as diverse as nature conservation, humanitarian aid or transmission of greater security to the communities," explained Ricardo Mendes, administrator of TEKEVER, "a partnership with PSP allowed the development of equipment capable of competing at the highest level in the international security market and enabled this security force of an asset capable of promoting a true aerial surveillance. "
Remember that TEKEVER Group and PSP established a technology partnership in 2013 for the development of autonomous aerial and ground systems, which unites scientific and technological knowledge of TEKEVER and the operating experience of PSP.
The AR1 Light Ray, currently used by the portuguese security force, is equipped with high definition cameras and instruments for remote viewing, featuring autonomous flight of two hours, a range exceeding 10 kilometers and high-tech communications. The device is remotely piloted, weighs about five kilograms, and has a magnitude of 1.8 meters and is manually released, landing with the aid of a parachute.