Our handheld Radar system, Xaver-100, is being tested by IDF for more extensive use in the military, beyond the special operations units, for built-up area warfare operations involving regular units, after it had played a significant role in the fighting during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014,” says Amir Be’eri, Camero founder and CEO, in an interview to Israel Defense.
Camero was established in 2004 and deals with a technology known as UWB (Ultra-Wide Band), whose applications include small Radars for operational use in the absence of a line of sight into a nearby enclosed space, namely through-wall imaging. About 3.5 years ago, the company changed hands and is currently a member of the SK Group. Camero is being run as an independent organization, but cooperates with the Group in all marketing aspects.
“The Company has a line of products with each product adapted specifically to provide optimal performance in each warfare category,” says Be’eri. “Our Xaver-100 is a handheld Radar system weighing 600 grams, which enables the warfighters to determine, in the course of operational activity in an urban environment, in real time, how many people are present behind the wall, how far they are positioned from the wall, what their spatial attitude is and whether they are moving closer to or away from the wall.
“The system transmits to a range of 20 meters and several such sets may be employed to form a network commanded from a single C2 center. The Xaver-100 may even be employed without human involvement – in an unmanned mode. This system took part in the fighting during Operation Protective Edge and, as stated, is being considered for more extensive use in IDF.”
“Our Xaver-400 is a slightly larger portable tactical system which also provides information about the number of people and objects situated behind a wall and their spatial positioning. This system can scan the inside of a house and even locate hiding places.
“Camero also manufactures the Xaver-800 system – a larger but still portable system. This system offers 3D imaging of the room space and the people in it, and is used primarily for complex situations in hostage rescue and intelligence collection operations. One of the many advantages it offers is multiple post-operation analysis options.”
What is the resolution of these systems? What size objects can they identify?
“Our systems chart walls, room and opening dimensions and, of course – people, including static individuals, based on their breathing. The systems are designed to identify large objects within a room. The threat identification capability is aimed at people and hiding places, not necessarily at still objects.”
How do you cope with frequency jammers?
“The systems are capable of coping effectively with jamming. Their operation is based on the assumption that other transmissions and interference will be encountered within the frequency bands they use, and they are resistant to Internet-based interference.”
What is the added value to combat operations, the contribution to operational effectiveness that these systems offer?
“These systems provide capabilities that actually change the combat doctrine and operational planning. You can become aware of the dangers even before you encounter them – before you open the door. The surprise effect to the user is minimized and enables you to make higher quality decisions. On the other hand, as far as the enemy is concerned, the element of surprise is intensified. The systems even enable you to focus on the relevant objectives without any background noises. Your operation will be more effective, it will require fewer men to execute and human lives will be spared. This is, undoubtedly, a life-saving technology! In the event of a hot break-in operation, for example, you can analyze (your objective) and ensure that there are no people on the other side of the wall, thereby minimizing the loss of lives.”
There has been much talk recently about IOT (Internet of Things). How do these systems communicate with other systems and how are they connected to other systems?
“All of our systems have the ability to interface with other systems via wireless communication, so C2 may be exercised from a single central point and enable employment of the various sensors with no human involvement. In one of our experiments, we mounted the Xaver-100 system on a quadcopter. The quadcopter landed on the roof and then we could see through the ceiling whether there were any people in that building, while controlling both the quadcopter and the sensor remotely.”
What about non-military uses for these systems?
“The systems may be used for non-military purposes, like law enforcement, rescue and intelligence. Take the Easy Check system, for example. We took the technology that we possess and developed a system for screening individuals, and verifying that they do not carry any concealed objects. There are many body screening systems on the market, but our system is unique as it checks the subject’s body with no need for him or her to stop – while he or she is in motion. That prevents complex, burdensome procedures and makes it possible to generate more information while the subjects are in motion. This system produces more frames of the subject and provides better results. Originally, this system was intended for airports, but it is used in security setups in other facilities. This system is a lot cheaper than other currently available systems and we believe it will become the next generation of personal screening.”
What are your primary markets and how do you operate overseas?
“More than 90% of our sales are to overseas clients. We would have loved to increase our local sales turnover. We are active on all of the world’s continents and have sold to more than 30 countries. Overseas we normally work through local partners, but in some countries we operate through the local branches of the SK Group.”