Atlanta, GA â€“ Boeing of Seattle, Wash., and AD Aerospace, a subsidiary of AD Group in Manchester, England, have signed an agreement that will allow airlines to enhance their aircraft security and safety by installing ADâ€™s FlightVu Camera Interface Unit (CIU) to monitor forward-fitted cameras throughout Boeing 737, 747, 767 and 777 airplanes.
The optional FlightVu CIU will be linked to the flight crewâ€™s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), a compact computer that is built into the cockpitâ€™s console.
The most common option is for a Flight Deck Entry Video Surveillance System (FDEVSS), with two-to-four camera positions, to cover the approach to the flight deck door and the forward galley areas. This enables the flight crew to confirm who is outside the secured flight deck door when entry is requested and to ensure that they are not acting under duress or that any potential threat is nearby.
Beyond FDEVSS, the CIU can receive input from up to 16 cameras enabling coverage of the entire aircraft. This provides for various systems offering different advantages to the airline.
AD Aerospace is independently incorporating a recording feature that will provide airlines with computer watermarked video of any incidents that can be used as court admissible evidence. This enables the identification and prosecution of anyone seen committing an offence; the images can also be used for training of cabin crew on how to deal with situations as they arise.
â€œWe at AD Aerospace believe that video systems, and the CIU in particular, are an important addition to aircraft safety and security,â€ said Mike Horne, Managing Director of AD Aerospace. â€œKnowledge that such systems are fitted to aircraft reduces the risk of an incident taking place, and should anything occur, make it possible for it to be dealt with more quickly and remedial action to take place with more certainty.â€
AD Aerospace Ltd., designs and manufactures aerospace video camera equipment, including state-of-the-art video security systems, it produced the worlds first aerospace certified video server in 1999. The company is part of the AD Holdings Group, which is the world leader in multi channel digital video recorders. AD Aerospace is a CAA/EASA approved designer and manufacturer of video camera systems for commercial aerospace, and an approved supplier to The Boeing Company. It has facilities in Manchester, UK; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; and Singapore, and is online at www.ad-aero.com.