World Surveillance Group Inc. (OTC: WSGI) subsidiary Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. said it has received an order for a Blimp in a Box 100 aerostat system for use by a State Department of Transportation.
The BiB 100 aerostat system is scheduled to be delivered to the customer during the first quarter of 2014, after which onsite training and test operations will commence.
Unlike a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle, the highly mobile BiB 100 aerostat system utilizes a high strength, power tether line to remain connected to an integrated trailer where secure communications are transmitted. The system is designed to provide incident awareness and assessment (IAA) and can be used to monitor illegal activity, identify and monitor traffic patterns, or provide disaster response in a secure manner without the risk of being intercepted or jammed.
The BiB aerostat system is designed to be used in various applications required by state and local government municipalities including first responders, police and fire departments. The BiB 100 is a smaller version of larger LTAS BiB aerostat systems including the BiB 250, which is currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) for evaluation and training. Additionally, a variant of the BiB 250, or as it is also called while being utilized by the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command, the Winch Aerostat Small Platform (WASP), also recently participated in the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 14.1 as a ´System Under Evaluation.´
World Surveillance Group designs, develops, markets and sells autonomous, lighter-than-air advanced aerostats and UAS capable of carrying payloads that provide persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, security and/or wireless communications solutions at low and mid altitudes. For more information regarding WSGI, visit www.wsgi.com.
Lighter Than Air Systems provides critical aerial and land based surveillance and communications solutions to government and commercial customers. LTAS systems are designed and developed in-house utilizing proprietary technologies and processes that result in compact, rapidly deployable aerostat solutions and mast based systems that have been proven to fulfill critical requirements by the military and law enforcement in the US and to our allies around the world.