UPDATE on Raven’s Challenge: Not Your Average Competition Utilizing BASH
BASH Torture Test Boot Banger Car Explosion
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Raven’s Challenge 2015 A.K.A. Torture Test on BASH™
Raven’s Challenge is an interdisciplinary training exercise for bomb technicians who work together on solving “real world” bomb threat problems. Each team is composed of members from different departments (EOD, Air Force, Army, National Guard, Police, Fire, etc…) and each team is given a specific problem to tackle. These problems provide training opportunities that are very realistic (live bomb victims with make-up, actual scrap vehicles with packages inside, etc…) and allow all departments to be exposed to new methodologies for tackling bomb threats.
This event has a small trade show set-up where vendors are provided a 10’x10’ booth space. Teams are given time to speak with vendors about hardware that they can use during their exercises and vendors are encouraged to provide hardware “kits” for the teams. The hope is that when a team uses the kit, the vendor will get business from them and other teams who see/hear about the use of their product. The most popular products showcased at the event were robots that assist with providing visuals on the explosive package, fire projectiles, and can move objects.
Because of the primary trade show audience (bomb techs), there wasn’t much interest in our products being used by the teams themselves in exercises. However, the people in charge of live video feeds, recording video, and providing reliable systems for surveillance were very interested. ATF is a huge proponent of our products and uses D2 housings actively. The majority of the video recording system used our housings with cannon PTZ cameras and ubiquity radios to send wireless signals back to a command station where everything was recorded.
The most beneficial part of being present at this show was ATF (event staff) working with us and allowing us access to certain key explosive events. Our best video footage came from blowing up a bus (twice), blowing up pressure cookers (twice), and blowing up a car (once). The goal of working closely with ATF was to test the “Blast Resistance” of BASH when combined with a Ballistic Lens. Our units were placed as close as feasible to the explosives without interfering with the exercises. Only minimal damage was done to the BASH units due to debris from the explosions. One tripod was lost in capturing close range footage, but it was a less robust tripod compared to others that were used.
There are two primary sales opportunities that came out of this event. One is ATF Seattle, who will be using BASH units with Ballistic Lenses (and GoPro Cameras). The other is ATF Phoenix, who will be doing the same. There are several opportunities like this within ATF and I expect that as word spreads, more and more divisions will be buying BASH-OG units and the Ballistic Lens Kits.
It’s worth noting that at relatively close range, our standard BASH-OG with a flat lens faired reasonably well around the bus explosion, only sustaining significant scratches on the surface of the lens. Once we switch to an abrasion resistant flat lens (current revision for next order), this issue might not be present. That said, the Ballistic Lens is still highly recommended for close range explosive protection.
In all instances, cameras protected with BASH enclosures survived their respective explosions. The BASH-OG (standard lens) that was used with a Cannon VB-S30D did experience some autofocus issues after the second explosion it sustained. All systems were working perfectly after the first blast. One theory regarding the autofocus problem is that the damage to the lens was creating problems with the camera deciding what to focus on. High contrasts and sharp edges on the damaged lens could cause this. It’s still being verified.
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More about BASH…
Ballistic Anti-Shock Housing or BASH is the first of its kind providing the ultimate mobilized security protection for your camera. BASH™ was designed to withstand anything that this world can throw at it, literally. BASH’s strength comes from it’s Armored Reflective Lens that both hides and protects the equipment inside. It has a unique 12 point floating stabilization system called Shell-Shock Vibration Suppression. It’s compact design mounts and looks just like any mountable auxiliary truck light. The Thermal Temperature Control creates a barrier for your camera that fights against temperature changes from while allowing the camera inside to operate at its desired temperature. With an IP68 rating, BASH™ can withstand up to 2 meters (6.5′) of water. Its IK10 vandal/anti-theft rating is the maximum security protection and can only be found with BASH™. BASH™ is also multi-camera ready supporting GoPro’s, Low Profile PTZ’s, and Minidome cameras.