Vancouver, Canada – December 5, 2007 – Extreme CCTV Inc. (TSX:EXC) announces today that its strategic partner Obzerv Technologies Inc has been awarded a $600k contract by DRDC-Valcartier (Defense Research and Development Canada) to supply an Electro Optical imaging system for a Department of National Defence (DND) Technical Demonstration Project named “Northern Watch.”
The long-term trend of decreasing ice coverage in the Arctic – often presented as evidence for global warming – is predicted to create conditions for increased maritime traffic and increased economic development that the opened waterways will create. Northern Watch was initiated by DRDC to identify and evaluate combinations of sensors and systems for the cost-effective surveillance of maritime traffic through a unique and fragile Canadian Arctic.
Obzerv will deliver a fully integrated situational awareness solution which incorporates its ARGC-2400 long range identification camera, a high-end thermal camera and a moving map display developed by CarteNav Solutions of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The system will be referred to as the Canadian Arctic Night and Day Imaging Surveillance System or CANDISS.
The ARGC-2400 was selected not only for its outstanding performance in long-range classification and identification, but also for its incomparable range-gating capabilities, which enable outstanding imaging results through degraded weather conditions such as rain, snow and fog and other airborne obscurities. The range-gated system features a precisely synchronized high-efficiency laser source and electronic shutter, resulting in image contrast levels not achievable through conventional systems.
“We are delighted to participate in the Northern Watch program and to continue our long collaboration with DRDC-Valcartier in their Active Imaging program. The ARGC-2400 is having increasing success in strategic waterway surveillance in Asia, in the Middle East, and in Europe,” says Mr. Bonnier, President of Obzerv Technologies. “We are looking forward to extending its capabilities for the Northern Watch deployment to the uniquely challenging conditions of the Canadian Arctic.”
“The Northern Watch project for the Canadian Department of National Defense illustrates the importance of the ARGC-2400 for critical waterways around the world, whether they be in Asian tropics, scorching Middle East heat or our own Canadian Arctic,” says Jack Gin, President and CEO of Extreme CCTV. “Northern Watch will be an excellent example of a land-based, thermal-integrated range-gated surveillance system. The system complements the air-based DND project already underway which embeds this important range-gated technology into L-3 Wescam‘s MX-20 stabilized turret. The two projects demonstrate how Obzerv‘s technology can achieve high performance identification capabilities from both land and air.”
Extreme CCTV holds a 31% equity interest in Obzerv by way of a convertible debenture.
About Obzerv Technologies (www.obzerv.com)
Obzerv Technologies, headquartered in Quebec, Canada, specializes in the design and manufacturing of laser range-gated imaging systems for night surveillance. Obzerv is a spin-off of National Optics Institute (INO,
), a R&D center located in Sainte-Foy, Qc, Canada and counts amongst its shareholders, Extreme CCTV Inc. (TSX: EXC).
About Extreme (www.ExtremeCCTV.com)
Headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, Extreme CCTV Inc. specializes in the design, development and manufacturing of advanced infrared illuminators and precision engineered video surveillance products. The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “EXC”, with approximately 16.7 million shares outstanding.
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