Each of Mittler Report’s magazine websites reported recently on Camero-Tech’s ground-breaking Xaver™ Long Range system. Known as Xaver LR80, the portable, high-performance, through-wall imaging system offers personnel maximum protection while conducting ISR and SAR activities.
Only now can military forces, law enforcement agencies and first responders detect live objects within an enclosure – behind walls – from over 100 metres. This week we caught up with Camero-Tech’s CEO and Founder, Mr Amir Beeri.
Q&A With Amir Beeri
Mittler: Can (or has) this be used in a maritime environment? Does it have or require a stabiliser so that it can remain fixed on a target when at sea?
Amir Beeri: It is critical that the system itself be stabilised and completely stationary in order to be able to detect even small vital movements of a live object that is not moving. The maritime environment is not the most commonly used environment for the system but as long as it is completely stabilised then wherever it is located makes no difference. Moreover, the system itself cannot detect through water, [meaning] it cannot detect objects under the water, and additionally it cannot penetrate continuous metal objects (such as some military marine vessels).
Mittler: How practical is it to use it to scan cargo and boats / vessels for port security operations?
Beeri: The system uses radio waves that cannot penetrate continuous metallic barriers, so generally it cannot work through metallic cargo and vessels. Nevertheless, it is expected to work fine for non-metallic materials (if the vessel or cargo is constructed from fiberglass, wood or any non-metallic material).
Mittler: This is still significant for interdiction operations as some drug, people and weapon smugglers use lightweight boats that are non-metallic so as not to arouse suspicion.
Mittler: What is the thickness of the wall or barrier that the Xaver LR80 can penetrate at its maximum distance? Does distance from target affect its penetration capabilities?
Beeri: The system is designed to penetrate massive walls and is generally able to penetrate multiple walls. Different types of walls attenuate the transmitted signal differently based on their thickness, material properties, humidity, and some other parameters.
This is why the maximum wall thickness we can penetrate depends greatly on the type of the wall. However, as a general rule, we can reach a thickness of over 60cm for common reinforced concrete walls. It depends of course also on the distance from the target, but the system is designed to provide the mentioned performance up to its maximum range.
Mittler: Was the estimated maximum range of a common firearm round, such as a 9 mm (115 grains) have any effect on deciding to develop the Xaver™ LR80 with a similar maximum effective range of 100 metres?
Beeri: The main reason for the XLR80’s range being over 100 metres was not originally affected by firearm rounds, but by user preference and technological capabilities to get far enough away from the target.
Mittler: So, it is really a matter of stealth ad not being spotted so as not to jeopardise a mission or lives?
Beeri: Yes, operating very far from the wall allows for safer, more effective and more flexible missions. Performing covert operations in stealth mode, far from the target’s eyes, is easier. That is also true for Search and Rescue teams that can be positioned at a safe distance from dangerous surroundings.
Mittler: What can cause interference with an UWB sensor and how can this be prevented?
Beeri: Just like any other Radar system, the XLR80 receiver can be interfered by external signals in a certain frequency and power. However, as the XLR80 uses UWB signals, it has a ‘natural’ high jamming rejection capability. In addition, the XLR80’s beam width is very narrow, so it is highly unlikely that interference will occur directly to the system’s beam.
Mittler: How much time is required to train on the Xaver LR80 before the end user is proficient?
Beeri: The system is very easy to use and interpret. Basic training shouldn’t take more than an hour. A few additional training hours can improve ability to interpret more complex situations.
Mittler: Is this the only wall-penetrating radar that has a data recording-playback function?
Beeri: No, all our other Xaver products come with data recording-playback functions, whether directly from the system or through a wireless remote unit.
Mittler: Can the Xaver LR80 be used from within a surveillance vehicle or behind a ballistic protected surveillance blind and still have the same effectiveness as it would in an open field? If yes, then what sort of barrier thickness is allowable at either end?
Beeri: Certainly. The XLR80 can be hidden behind camouflage or shielding accessories, as long as they are constructed from materials that are transparent to our RF signals.
Mittler: Thank you, Mr Beeri, for your time and expertise.