Wireless Applications

PBA Engineering Creates 2010 Olympic Rings

March 18, 2009

The innovative, green LED technology designed and installed by the ICx Technologies business unit will also be used for security work.


WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ICx Technologies (NASDAQ:ICXT), a developer of advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection and commercial applications, announced that PBA Engineering, a business unit of ICx based in Victoria, B.C., has designed and installed the first set of Olympic Rings for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games. The lights were officially lit on Mar. 5 by British Columbia's Premier, the Honorable Gordon Campbell, and will be seen by billions when Vancouver hosts the games.

PBA managed the design and developed the concept of the lighting and communication system; it performed the electrical engineering and supplied the lights. PBA also assisted in an analysis of the best locations to place the rings in Metro Vancouver, as well as conceptualized the project and managed the engineering. It is expected that there will be six sets of Olympic Rings placed around the Region, with the first completed set now installed at the Vancouver International Airport.

The rings have custom software that can be used to provide an infinite number of lighting combinations. They measure 45 feet high by 96 feet wide, weigh 9,100 lbs. and are comprised of 26,700 individual LED lights, which are connected to a custom SunBeacon Controller that produces complex and dazzling light show displays. Communication with the lights is run with possibly the largest Controller Area Network (CANBus) in the world. The lights use a maximum of 4.8 W each, and an entire set of Rings will cost only $3.36 (Canadian) to light per day due to the use of "green" technology incorporated into the design.

Valid Manufacturing, based in Salmon Arm, B.C., constructed the skeleton frame for the lights; Surrey, B.C.-based Mainroad Contracting erected them, and Delta, B.C.-based Cobra Electric installed the lighting system. Wayne Keiser of Cobra served as the program manager.

According to Peter Boudreau, president of PBA Engineering, "This accomplishment is not only the result of quality engineering and the products provided by PBA and our partners. The technologies used in the Olympic Rings are a showcase for some of the products, from lights to software, that ICx is working on to provide innovative and cost-effective security applications."

When combined with wireless communication technology, these low-energy, self-contained LED lights have security applications in ICx's Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS). ICx Technologies PIDS solution incorporates quickly deployable Remote Surveillance Structures (RSS), which may utilize LED flood and beacon lights, passive infrared detectors (PIR's), thermal cameras, and wireless communication technology—all of which can be solar powered if line power is not available. The RSS uses a combination of sensing technologies to detect intrusion and then wirelessly communicates back to a central command station. The lights and devices are integrated using ICx's Cameleon Tactical software solution, which allows for a full-featured, low-cost security package.

PBA also wishes to thank the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure of B.C., and the 2010 Winter Games Secretariat, for allowing it to be part of this project.

About ICx Technologies
ICx Technologies is a leader in the development and integration of advanced sensor technologies for homeland security, force protection and commercial applications. Our proprietary sensors detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, and deliver superior awareness and actionable intelligence for wide-area surveillance, intrusion detection and facility security. We then leverage our unparalleled technical expertise and government funding to address other emerging challenges of our time, ranging from a cleaner environment and alternative energy to life science.


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