The Situation Today
Very few nations today are exempt from terrorism threats, attacks by hostile neighbouring states, acts of smuggling or illegal immigration attempts originating from their air, sea and land borders. These security challenges are a clear and present danger for countries that have been dealing with such occurrences for many years as well as those that may find themselves suddenly facing new vulnerabilities.

The Challenge
To act swiftly and ensure optimal security at all times, security forces require comprehensive information about potential border breaches – in real time. Conventional security systems, however, can lack the technological refinements that enable security personnel to accurately assess a situation and respond accordingly. Smart fences, intrusion-tracking dirt roads, and radio-wave-based detection systems are unable to distinguish between a true threat and, for example, animal motion, resulting in false alarms.


Magna System is Multi Purpose Passive Electro-Optical Radar System, developed by Israeli company Magna B.S.P. Ltd.

Magna BSP, an Israeli company specialising in turnkey solutions for perimeter protection of borders and sensitive sites, created smart surveillance solutions with an image processing and machine learning, deep learning and other AI capabilities for border and strategic facility protection. MAGNA developed an electro-optic radar with 100% detection and with the lowest rate of false alarms in the world, by using a unique patented technology, based on creating a 3D image, similar to the human vision, and a sophisticated software NFAR (Negligible False Alarm Rate), similar to the human brain.

Magna’s surveillance systems utilise sophisticated electro-optic cameras to rapidly detect, locate, and send alerts regarding infiltrators and breaches.

The systems can be located far from the border or facility, camouflaged and protected, distinguishing between true threats and potential false alarms caused by animals, weather, or other environmental factors. The systems learn changes in the environment and correct their performance accordingly. The stereoscopic systems are similar to the human vision which provides depth perception, notifying about the size and distance of an object. They enable 3D image processing in less than a second, delivering 100% reliable target detection, recognition, identification, and tracking.


MAGNA system has two cameras (CCD or/and FLIR) that covers the third dimension and uses very sophisticated patented algorithm filters any disturbances and focus on the real target. The three-dimensional representation of the scenery provides accurate and reliable detection, with a high probability of detection (PD), while maintaining a low false alarm rate (FAR). Magna provides full Command and Control real time system for operators.


Due to the impressive results, the IDF officially approved MAGNA as Israel border protection system. During the 7 years of development, Israeli Defence Forces tested the system for more than 10,000 penetration attempts in a variety of operational scenarios, in combination with different geographical terrains and severe weather patterns (fog, sand storms, etc.) and proved successful in all of these conditions.

The Israeli Defence Forces currently has operating MAGNA systems on all Israeli borders and in maritime-land interfaces as well.

Border Protection Perimeter Protection Critical Infrastructure
Border Perimeter Protection Critical Infrastructure
Seaport Airport  Drone Detection
Seaports Airports Drone Detection

“Traditional perimeter protection solutions, such as physical fencing, are often limited in their capacity to provide real-time detection and tracking of intruders, not to mention their lack of early detection,” Levi Zruya, Magna's CTO, explains. “Our surveillance systems deliver a high level of protection and provide an answer to false alarms, utilising special machine learning and image processing algorithms that filter out non-relevant alerts and enable sophisticated and quick intelligence gathering. The systems have been sold to customers around the world and are being used to their full satisfaction.”

The Magna Solution: The Complete Picture in Real Time
The Magna System is a cost-effective solution that provides unmatched 3D detail, revealing what is happening – on land, in the air or at sea – in every square inch of the covered area, day and night, and in any weather.

  • Utilizes sophisticated cameras that monitor segments of up to 1,000 meters of the border from a single control room.
  • Distinguishes between innocent activity and actual threats, thereby eliminating costly and unnecessary responses.
  • Guarantees a 99.9% detection rate and minimum false alarms (1-2 per day, on average)
  • Unique self-learning software recognizes and factors in water motion patterns, sea depth, and where waves break in order to distinguish between threats and natural movements.
  • Detects objects thrown over fences and UAVs such as gliders and drones.
  • Analyzes the direction and speed of the target, enabling security officials to determine if a response is required and, if so, to arrive at the proper place.
  • Has the ability to track a number of targets simultaneously.

Founded in 2001 in Israel, Magna quickly emerged as a leading innovator in the field of Homeland Security surveillance solutions, and today occupies a respected place at the forefront of the industry. From the very beginning, the team have been driven by an unwavering commitment to excellence, and have always made a point of challenging the status quo. Over the years we have developed more than ten adaptable and customisable passive electro-optic radar security systems that now protect some of the world’s most sensitive governmental and industrial facilities, including international borders, nuclear reactors, gas and oil facilities (both on land and at sea), seaports, airports and more.

To learn more about the Magna System, please contacts us.

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