The risk of relying on equipment made for best-case scenarios…
This Zistos design philosophy stems from over a decade’s experience and the many lessons learned by our engineers and end users in building portable video inspection systems. As a result, instead of designing for a best-case scenario, Zistos equipment has always been designed to operate in a worst case scenario. In other words we do our best to ensure that, when you really need it, it will work as intended.
Zistos applications include physical security, tactical law enforcement, urban search and rescue, military and industrial inspection. This means rugged and dependable under any conditions. While they may not have the flashy look of some consumer-grade products, our design build, flexibility and reliability make the critical difference when the equipment used must perform in the field.
The Zistos design approach to building its equipment is based on key factors and problem avoidance:
Wireless vs. wired. Many of the wireless video systems on the market utilize analog video transmitters and receivers that are similar in design and performance to inexpensive consumer electronic systems wrapped around high tech looking enclosures. Many of these wireless solutions are of poor quality, easily detected and can be easily intercepted. They are also prone to a multitude of operational problems based on environment. There are many consumer products/technologies that can detect and intercept wireless video transmission. There are even applications for smart phones that can threaten wireless video security. Video signals can easily be detected, acquired, viewed and recorded by outside parties, media and even adversaries. Although we offer wireless as an option, the built-in wired configuration employed by Zistos avoids all of these risks.
A technical search specialist in a training once remarked that his job was a little like the popular children’s books “Where’s Waldo”; only with life and death consequences. The key, as he stated, is to be able to visually scan a scene with a victim location camera inserted into a void space and identify what seems out of place with the surroundings. This out-of-place visual detail can be key in identifying the presence of a trapped victim.
This is because, in a victim location operation following a building collapse, the technical search specialists rarely have the luxury of discovering a complete human form in the image. Often it is only a small detail or unusual pattern in the visual image that may indicate the presence of a victim. This process can be as difficult as the old saying, “like finding a needle in a haystack”. Collapse rescue–victim location operations can even be described in more challenging language. It can be described as, “like seeing a needle in a haystack” – from 30 feet away! Continue reading “Seeing a needle in a haystack”
Not having real time visual intelligence can mean the difference between success or failure in a mission. Tactical surveillance devices are often employed to gather this information in a covert fashion. These tools are used to increase situational awareness and provide details on conditions and environment to help insure that mission objectives are achieved, while minimizing the risk of collateral damage. Continue reading “New tool for hostage barricade scenarios & breaching support”
As a provider of visual assessment technology, Zistos looks at every application from a cost-benefit standpoint, comparing them in cases where remote visual inspection tools were used, and when they weren’t. The outcomes are completely different.
In the first case, an undiscovered foreign object and resulting contaminant found its way into a large storage vessel used in the manufacture of a food product.
Previously, a visual inspection was done by an inspector who could only peer into the fill opening of the vessel with a flashlight; he wasn’t allowed to enter the confined space for both safety and sanitary considerations. Continue reading “Finding cost-benefits in a confined space”
New from Zistos: StealthSCOPE™
Maintaining stealth and visual awareness during a tactical situation in pitch darkness is the difference between a positive outcome and a potential nightmare.
Zistos Corporation’s new StealthSCOPE™ design is a powerful and broad-spectrum tool that will find applications in many tactical scenarios including barricades, hostage and active shooter situations.
The new StealthSCOPE™ is a videoscope that combines a powerful internal 980 nanometer Infrared (IR) laser light source—completely invisible to humans—with digitally-enhanced, low-light video signal processing. Its 9mm diameter allows it to be inserted into small openings and tight areas.
One of the main features of the StealthSCOPE™ is that it can operate in a standalone mode without the need for any other components, making it rapidly deployable. This makes the scope ideally suited for applications where a team is inserted into an environment and needs instant tactical surveillance to better assess unknown conditions. The scope is also compact enough to be holstered or stored in a pouch attached to a belt or vest worn by the operator allowing the user to participate in other functions. Continue reading “This revolution in tactical surveillance is invisible.”