Avwatch is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)
which harnesses innovative and proven technologies to support, enhance, and train Federal, state and local government agencies in support of homeland security and disaster recovery. The company’s unique airborne platform permits homeland security professionals the freedom to interact directly with aircraft, generate requested flight routes, specify data to be collected and precisely control the onboard camera sensors. Communications between the ground user and aircraft are internet-provided, allowing the user and aircraft to communicate in real time. This facilitates immediate aircraft tasking and retrieval of data and imagery updates from anywhere in the world, at any time.
The company was founded in 2008 and is comprised of nationally recognized Homeland Security experts who are well-versed in military, federal, state and local disaster response planning and response protocols. Avwatch technology has been used to assist in oil cleanup following the 2010 explosion on BP’s Deep water Horizon drilling rig, where they provided high-quality streaming video to the US Coast Guard, BP and authorities to assist with oil spill cleanup. Avwatch provides homeland security professionals and corporations with a low-cost solution capable of conducting routine patrols efficiently and effectively. The company also provides training for US Air Force Pilots prior to overseas deployment, and has been instrumental in rescue during extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes. In addition to firefighting, the technology is also used by multiple law enforcement agencies. Avwatch maintains headquarters at Plymouth, MA Municipal Airport and serves a national client base.
Avwatch deployed the newly released Mobile Tracking System (MTS) and flew multiple aircraft in support of the Hurricane Irma response. Basing out of Savannah, GA, Avwatch flew both pre and post-hurricane missions in order to provide the most accurate picture of damages caused by the storm. Covering roughly 8,000 sq. miles including 100 miles of GA coastline, aerial full motion video was streamed to multiple agencies simultaneously providing situational awareness needed to help responders task finite resources over a large and dynamic response area.
U.S. MARINE CORPS
In support of the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC), Avwatch operates a surrogate UAS with multiple FMV data links and ground support staff to facilitate training objectives and provide troop experience with video downlink feeds. The surrogate UAS conducts simulated Close Air Support (CAS) and emergent Close Air Support (eCAS) and Talk-Ons for JTACs in addition to Intelligence Recon missions as directed by the J-2 staff elements.
Through the use of a propriety communication link, the surrogate UAS maintained a secure and direct line with training and scenario coordinators in the EXCON to provide calculated and precise injects to ground forces in real-time. Avwatch personnel routinely worked with the base Air Operations staff to set-up and troubleshoot newly acquired ISR equipment, assisted in field-testing with surrogate UASs and integration with students and training of staff.
U.S. AIR FORCE PATRIOT 7 (P7) TRAINING and SUPPORT
In support of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) Irregular Warfare training, Avwatch is a key partner providing asset and training support to event facilitators and students. Avwatch provides Aerial Full Motion Video (AFMV) feeds, as well as, on-site user training for the set-up, operation, and interaction with Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receivers (ROVER’s). Avwatch has trained hundreds of USAF forces prior to overseas deployment and continues to support this important training.
FORESTRY and FIRE PROTECTION
Under a joint MIT-Lincoln Labs and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection initiative, Avwatch provided consulting, design, installation and training support in the sensor and downlink installation onboard a Cal Fire Air Attack OV-10. Avwatch’s support enabled responders to achieve enhanced situational awareness of fire burn patterns through the use of infra-red imagery and provided recorded video documentation of incidents for training and/or prosecution. Additionally, Avwatch designed and installed mobile and transferable ground units in supervisor vehicles utilizing Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) technology. This enabled video distribution from the aircraft to surface responders. It also allowed command units within the impact area to remotely control the sensor package onboard the aerial command and control aircraft. These activities supported the coordination of mission-critical airdrops and helped deconflict airspace over incidents.
DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE
Following the April 20, 2010 explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, Avwatch was sought out by disaster response leadership to assist with recovery operations. Covering over 10,000 square miles through its deployment of aerial assets and a rapidly-installed extensive data downlink network, Avwatch provided high-quality streaming video to the US Coast Guard (USCG), BP, and state and local authorities dedicated to oil spill cleanup. Avwatch’s aerial sensors detected oil sheens and oil boom locations throughout the entire impacted area. These missions provided real-time data to government and commercial clients, which were able to remotely control the cameras/sensors, immediately review real-time video, and speak directly to the aircraft operator over a Voice Over IP (VoIP) link.