Aerial Observation |
Camera System |
The aerial surveillance project is a critical
part of Montgomery County's transportation management program. The airplane
(MC-10) operates during morning and evening peak periods and is available, on
demand, at any other time. MC-10 carries a Transportation Management Technician
who looks for problems in the system while monitoring several radio frequencies
(air traffic reporters, county police, fire & rescue, Maryland State Highway
Administration and State Police). On a typical flight MC-10 finds and / or
quickly responds to multiple incidents which impact the transportation system.
The observer contacts the appropriate authority to respond to the problem,
notifies the Transportation Management Center (TMC) to adjust traffic signals in
the area of the incident and directly notifies the airborne traffic reporters of
the problem. MC-10 is used to perform observations associated with
transportation system analysis.
aerial surveillance project is enhanced by the addition of a Wescam
gyro-stabilized video / infrared camera mounted to the aircraft. The video from
this camera is fed to the TMC, as well as remote sites, by microwave. This video
allows decision makers to see the big picture as seen by the observer in MC-10.
The observer has a digital camera to take still photos.
In addition, MC-10 performs police surveillance,
environmental protection activities and assists Fire and Rescue in locating
fires in rural and other hard to access areas.
- Provides the "big picture" of 500 square miles
to the Transportation Management Center to help manage transportation incidents
in a County
- Aerial video is available to incident management
team at the scene as well as to the local media
- Observation of many problem areas is possible
during a flight, which would normally require the deployment of many people in
the field( or the ground)
- Detects and reports intersection delays to TMC
operators and provides immediate feedback on the effect of traffic signal timing
- Provides an aerial view of incidents with
limited ground access
- Quicker response time and improved management of