What is TASS?

Tactical Automated Security System(TASS) is the intrusion detection and surveillance system used for security monitoring in US air force. TASS operators used the camera systems such as CCTV and Wide-Area Surveillance Thermal Imagers (WSTI) and Long-Range Thermal Imagers (LRTIs) like wide area military cameras. They are used for detecting enemy movement by tracking heat and other resonances.

How communication happens?

Based on the TASS element used, communication is done through RF or through hardware. Along with outlying devices like radar equipment, microwave links are also used for long distance communication. TASS users can receiver sensor alerts via hand-held (patrol) devices and/or map based PC devices.

Components used:

TASS consists of a certain number of components which are utilized to form a wireless security network.

These components are:

• Communications Module (CM)

• Hand Held Module (HHM)

• Sensors

• Re locatable Battery Module (RBM)

• Desk Top/Lap Top Annunciator (DLA)

• Communications Module Converter (CMC)

Merits of using TASS- RF communication system:

  • The system will provide self-contained and portable, “fly-away” components which are used for rapid protection of individual or small assets. Additionally, the system will provide a lightweight man portable easily emplaced and recoverable security system for small units.
  • TASS will also enhance the capability for the early detection and identification of an intrusion to prevent the damage or destruction of mission critical assets.
  • The system will be used to monitor, detect and assess intrusions into a secured area.
  • TASS will provide semi-permanent security and used for more permanent security systems, which require substantially more installation time, effort, manpower and materials.


The applications of TASS include

  •  Main operating bases (MOB),
  •  Transitioning bare bases
  •  Taxiway gaps
  •  Aircraft parking and storage areas
  •  Dispersed assets
  •  Buildings (Exteriors and interiors)
  •  Border surveillance
  •  Drug interdiction.

Future of TASS-RF communication:

Many devices fail to meet one or more TASS standards still now. TASS has been refined for more than a decade allowing for major additions and improvements in equipment functionality, reliability, and operational availability. In TASS , New sensor types are always being evaluated for future introduction.