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Survey of state-of-the-art technology in remote concealed weapon detection
Author(s): Nicholas C. Currie; Fred J. Demma; David D. Ferris; Robert W. McMillan; Vincent C. Vannicola; Michael C. Wicks
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in millimeter-wave (MMV), microwave, and infrared (IR) technologies provide the means to detect concealed weapons remotely through clothing and is some cases through walls. Since the developemnt of forward-looking infrared instruments, work has been ongoing in attempting to use these devices for concealed weapon detection based on temperatrue differences between metallic weapons and in the infrared has led to the development of techniques based on lower frequencies. Focal plane arrays operating MMW frequencies are becoming available which eliminate the need for a costly and slow mechanical scanner for generating images. These radiometric sensors also detect temperature differences between weapons and the human body background. Holographic imaging systems operating at both microwave and MMW frequencies have been developed which generate images of near photographic quality through clothing and through thin, nonmetallic walls. Finally, a real- aperture radar is useful for observing people and detecting weapons through walls and in the field under reduced visibility conditions. This paper will review all of these technologies and give examples of images generated by each type of sensor. An assessment of the future of this technology with regard to law enforcement applications will also be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2567, Investigative and Trial Image Processing, (1 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218467
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Nicholas C. Currie, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)
Fred J. Demma, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)
David D. Ferris, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)
Robert W. McMillan, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)
Vincent C. Vannicola, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Wicks, Air Force Rome Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2567:
Investigative and Trial Image Processing
Leonid I. Rudin; Simon K. Bramble, Editor(s)

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