New Generation: IP-Based Smart Aircraft Surveillance Camera System

Latest camera technology for all surveillance tasks onboard airliners & UAM air taxis

Cabin Surveillance Camera, Cargo Surveillance, Cockpit Door Camera, Exterior IFE Camera and a Video Server: Kappa’s brand-new Aircraft Surveillance System provides a comprehensive view of all operations and events on board. The advanced fully digital surveillance system empowers flight and cabin crews to concentrate on their crucial tasks while proactively identifying and addressing potential threats, to ensure safe operations. Stay in command and ensure a secure and controlled environment throughout!

Intelligent Aircraft Surveillance

The cameras: state-of-the-art technology & smart functions

Our cameras are equipped with state-of-the-art technology (e.g., newest CMOS sensors) and a range of advanced smart functions. The system is running smoothly and reliably at all flight altitudes, demonstrating resilience to aircraft-specific vibration. With high VIS sensitivity sensors and automatic IR illumination the cameras adapt perfectly to the ever-changing lighting conditions within the cabin and deliver crisp images up to Full-HD @ 30 fps. Integrated video motion detection / threat detection.

Intelligent recording: focus on the crucial moments

Let's face it: in an ideal scenario, countless hours of streaming are completely uneventful. Our video server combines loop recording with detection motion. With motion detection capabilities, the system intelligently identifies the critical moments and automatically removes eventless times from the recording. The focus on significant events (and the pre-event period) saves valuable storage space, while maximizing the potential of the recording system. That’s our formula for efficiency.

Subtle elegance: harmonizing cabin designs with unobtrusive cameras

Aesthetics matter! We understand that our customers want to preserve the design integrity of their cabins. The true beauty of surveillance cameras lies in their seamless integration and unobtrusive presence., our cameras are designed for perfect blending into aircrafts interiors. To minimize space requirements, a strong emphasis was on low weight and a compact form factor.

Unlocking the Potential: Versatile Applications of Aircraft Surveillance Cameras

Aircraft surveillance cameras for commercial airliners

Kappa’s Aircraft Surveillance line covers all surveillance tasks in airliners from reliable surveillance of the cockpit door area to cabin surveillance, cargo surveillance and Inflight Entertainment. Threats are identified before they become an issue. Multiple counting functions can be implemented. The camera series is perfectly suited for retrofit and new line equipment.

Aircraft surveillance cameras for Urban Air Mobility (UAM):

A great platform for UAM surveillance solutions: aircraft surveillance cameras from Kappa are designed to meet the specific surveillance requirements in and around UAM air taxis. We are excited to leverage our extensive expertise to contribute to the advancement of UAM operations!

Trust and Diversification: Embracing our Role in a New World.

Our customers increasingly prioritize geopolitically diversified supply chains. We look forward to collaborating with you and providing great reliable solutions that outperform industry standards. Place your trust in engineering excellence from a specialist with more than 40 years of experience in cameras and vision systems and a strong focus on aerospace applications. Our cameras are proudly made in Germany.

Smart system: Specialized Aircraft Surveillance Cameras with Video Server

Cover a wide range of surveillance tasks on board with one system

Cabin Eye

IP Camera | internal | FE 410

Domed shape for perfect integration into cabin skins, also for a/c door (onboarding/offboarding surveillance)


Cargo Eye | Cockpit Door

IP Camera | internal | FE 412

Rectangular, extra-flat shape design with ultra-wide FoV for cargo bays and cockpit door area without loss of image quality

Bird Eye

IP Camera | exterior | FE 450

Perfect as tail camera for inflight entertainment (IFE), taxiing, and outdoor surveillance tasks

Video Server

The advanced video server features up to 12 cameras per unit, capturing footage in Full HD at 30 fps. Benefit from the protection under power gap interruption and employ intelligent loop recording combined with video motion detection, and audio recording on request.

Dual-server back-up configurations help you avoid potential issues with mandatory cameras. With two servers and, eg., 24 cameras all possible issues should be fixed ASAP.

Technical Data

Cabin Eye FE 410 Cargo Eye | Cockpit Door FE 412 Bird Eye FE 450 (IFE) Smart Video Recorder
Power Supply Power over Ethernet 802.3af/at, Standard A and Standard B Power over Ethernet 802.3af/at, Standard A and Standard B Power over Ethernet 802.3af/at, Standard A and Standard B 28 V a/c power supply Voltage interval 19-33V Power Gap interruption 300ms.
Logical Interface 10Mbs/100Mbs 10Mbs/100Mbs 10Mbs/100Mbs Ethernet 100Mbs/1000Mbs
Resolution available 1080p/720p/480p 1080p/720p/480p 1080p/720p/480p N/A
FoV >120º Diagonal >120º Diagonal >120º Diagonal N/A
Weight ˂0.35kg ˂0.4kg ˂0.4kg ˂1.6kg
Automatic IR illumination Available Available Not Available N/A
Heater Integrated de-ice and de-mist
Audio recording Available Available Not Available N/A
Temperature range -15° up to + 70°C -15° up to + 70°C -55° up to + 70°C -15° up to + 70°C
Dimension (mm) 102 Ø x 70 mm 140 x 120 x 40 mm 60 Ø x 47 Ø x 122 mm ARINC 600 Shell size 2: 305 x 193.5 x 58 mm (without handles)
Connector Type D38999 D38999 D38999 ARINC 2 MCU
Qualification DO-160G DO-160G DO-160G DO-160G
Additional information Video Motion Detection Video Motion Detection Up to 12 cameras | Loop recording | Configurable switch | NTP time synchronization or through ARINC 654 from a/c

The complete system at a glance: Aircraft Surveillance Cameras with smart recorder for safe aircraft operations

Internal Surveillance Cameras

  • State-of-the-art CMOS technology
  • Up to Full HD @ 30 fps
  • High VIS sensitivity & automatic IR illumination for dark cabin conditions
  • Great flexibility for various use cases due to H.264 dual streaming, e.g., multi-monitoring, use of the same videos on different platforms
  • Extra-wide FoV of 120 ° covers virtually all activities at high image quality, e.g., in the cockpit door area
  • NTP time stamp
  • RTSP
  • PoE Standard A and B for sleek & light integration with only one connection line
  • Easy integration
  • Available in white or aluminum, other colors on request
  • COTS product line
  • ITAR-free

Exterior Surveillance Camera

  • Full HD
  • Great flexibility due to H.264 dual streaming, e.g., feeding multiple IFE channels
  • Heating / De-icing
  • NTP time stamp
  • RTSP
  • PoE Standard A and B for sleek & light integration with only one connection line
  • Easy integration
  • Available in aluminum
  • COTS product line
  • ITAR-free

Video Server

  • 12 cameras per video server
  • Recording up to Full HD @ 30 fps (GigE)
  • Power gap interuption for the complete system
  • Intelligent recording based on loop recording combined with video motion detection
  • Spacious 1 TB memory capacity
  • Audio recording on request
  • Dual server back-up configurations with up to 24 cameras
Eva Konta, Lead Management | Kappa optronics Eva Konta, Lead Management | Kappa optronics

Eva Konta

Lead Management

[English] [English]

Pascal Greinke

Program Manager Aviation | Defense

Marucie Knapp, Kappa optronics Inc., USA Team Expert Marucie Knapp, Kappa optronics Inc., USA Team Expert

Maurice Knapp

President Kappa USA | North America

Telephone +49 5508 974 - 0