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The Homeland Security Tech Brief, from Mistral Solutions, discusses technology trends, new products, best practices, and case studies in the field of Homeland Security. The objective is to stimulate discussion on recent developments in the Homeland Security industry, and gain fresh insights into the application of this technology.

Building a Wireless Sensor Network Using Smartphones

One of the Tech. Briefs last month (November 2011) – The Sensor Cloud and Homeland Security – briefly outlined how Homeland Security agencies can use cloud computing to store and process surveillance sensor data. Although the focus in that brief was on traditional surveillance sensors – video, audio, radar, trace detectors, access control, motion detectors, etc. – the current implementations of sensor clouds all involve Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in areas as diverse as industrial process monitoring, environmental protection and management, structural monitoring of critical equipment and edifices, and consumer energy consumption management.

With the proliferation of sensors on consumer devices, specifically smartphones, there exists an opportunity to leverage the availability of such sensors, at a relatively lower cost than specialised sensor-carrying devices or custom-built sensors, to build a WSN targeted at unearthing and identifying Homeland Security threats. This brief looks at the viability of deploying such WSNs. More...


Is a High Frame-rate Always a Must for Effective Video Surveillance?

Follow us on A link in this month’s Tech. Brief – Why the market has already tipped to IP – discusses the shift in the video surveillance user market from CCTV technology to IP video surveillance camera technology, in the international market, and the reasons for the shift. While such a trend may not be as pronounced in India, it is undeniable that many new requirements for video surveillance infrastructure specify IP and not CCTV.

The advantages of IP video surveillance are well known and well documented. However, the drawbacks of IP video surveillance too are well known: the increase in storage space and the increase in transmission bandwidth. These drawbacks are further amplified, in end-user consideration, with the increasing introduction and greater commoditisation of megapixel IP video surveillance cameras in the market. facebook twitter linkedin follow us on More...

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Interview of Mistral’s Chairman and Co-founder featured in December issue of Geopolitics Magazine

Mistral Solutions has brought in a virtual revolution in the field of defense electronics, with an array of products for telemetry, avionics, early warning systems and electronic warfare.

Mistral’s offering to the Indian Defense and Homeland Security domains have been featured in the December issue of Geopolitics magazine. In an interview with Rohit Srivastava from Geopolitics, Mistral’s Chairman and Co-Founder ANEES AHMED spoke about the pioneering equipment being introduced by the company. More...


Why the market has already tipped to IP?

One of the most heated video surveillance debates is when the market will 'tip' to IP cameras, typically defined as the first year when IP camera revenue exceeds analog camera revenue. However, this debate and metric misses the more important shift that has occurred. More...

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