Chess Dynamics launches new HD camera to meet complex surveillance challenges

JUNE 01, 2020

Chess Dynamics, leading British surveillance, tracking and gunfire control specialist, today announces the launch of the Piranha LR800 HD Camera. The high definition camera offers enhanced image clarity and target detection accuracy for complex surveillance operations, particularly those across exposed coastal and border environments.


With significantly upgraded performance to meet customer demands, the Piranha LR800 will be part of the standard offering across the Chess Hawkeye (Land) and Sigma (Security) ranges, and will be available for use by armies, navies, and commercial customers concerned with enhanced military and surveillance operations.


Graham Beall, Chess Group CEO commented: “Rapidly evolving threats, including those posed by unmanned maritime, land, and air vehicles, present complex surveillance challenges. As such, we have noticed an increased customer demand for enhanced imaging definition across 24-hour surveillance operations, particularly within large, exposed areas at sea or on land.


“The Piranha LR800 HD Camera has been developed in direct response to this demand. The higher definition of the camera delivers a significant operational advantage, providing forces with a far more precise view of a target, and where required, the ability to respond accordingly with greater accuracy. With the capability to integrate within an existing technology setup, or as part of a complete new system, the Piranha LR800 provides a flexible and agile solution for defence and security organisations”, Beall continued.



Increased accuracy through image clarity at longer ranges


Featuring an 40x optical zoom in full colour, the Piranha LR800 HD Camera offers exceptional daylight imaging, which enables target detection activities to identify and classify objects in far greater detail and across a larger area. It also performs well in low light and poor weather conditions.


With a focal length of 20mm-800mm, the minimum object distance from the front lens ranges from 10 metres to infinity (focal length 20-400mm), and 20 metres to infinity (focal length 401-800mm). This is alongside a day/night selection, which can be in either auto or manual mode, enhancing imaging definition across 24-hour surveillance operations.


Designed to withstand the toughest of operating conditions


Heaters and a heated window have been integrated to offer an operational temperature range of -32˚C to +49˚C, as well as being able to withstand 95% relative humidity at +40˚C in salt laden environments.


Facilitating all-weather activities, the cameras are also able to withstand heavy rainfall of up to 100mm per hour and can be fitted with water spray and wiper modules to ensure continued image clarity.


Meeting demands for Land and Security Applications


The Piranha LR800 HD camera has been developed to specifically meet customer demands for enhanced imaging definition across 24-hour surveillance operations.


Integrated with the Chess Hawkeye range, focused upon land-based settings and supporting precise reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting, the Piranha LR800 HD camera will increase accuracy through image clarity at longer ranges.


Across the Chess Sigma range, the new HD camera will enhance the provision of access to complete, accurate and precise information and advanced long-range real-time video and still images 24/7.


The Piranha LR800 HD camera can be integrated within existing surveillance and tracking systems as part of a performance upgrade. Chess will also continue to produce and support standard definition cameras across land and security applications.