RemoteReality’s 360-degree system gets put to the test

Sunday, February 1, 2004

WESTBORO, Mass. - A recently landed project could open doors for RemoteReality Corp. as the provider of 360-degree wide-angle digital cameras looks to garner more Homeland Security work.

The project involves providing the government with a feasibility study of its 360-degree wide-area cameras with its image processing and integration software for use at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. The system would enable Marines guarding these facilities to see outside the compound area, since cameras and security personnel cannot be placed on foreign soil.

While the price for phase one of the project is small, at roughly $100,000 for the feasibility study, the potential lies in future procurement activity that could reach into the $7 million to $10 million range if the project gets adopted. The work could also serve as a springboard for other projects with the government and the military.

“Perhaps even more significant is the commercial applications for Homeland Security,” said Jeb Hurley, president and chief executive officer of RemoteReality. “You can imagine the same kind of systems being used for anywhere, from power facilities to water reservoirs.”

Hurley expects to demonstrate the system in March, with word coming several months later on whether RemoteReality will be given the complete project.

“What’s exciting about it is it’s a long process when you’re dealing with the federal government,” he said. “It’s nice to get the affirmation that you’re on the right track.”

RemoteReality has won other projects with the government, including an award to provide its 360-degree wide-area cameras to the U.S. Navy surface fleet. Mounted on the ship’s mast, the camera system would provide live video of the entire perimeter of a ship.