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Multi-sensor field trials for detection and tracking of multiple small unmanned aerial vehicles flying at low altitude
Author(s): Martin Laurenzis; Sebastien Hengy; Alexander Hommes; Frank Kloeppel; Alex Shoykhetbrod; Thomas Geibig; Winfried Johannes; Pierre Naz; Frank Christnacher
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Paper Abstract

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) flying at low altitude are becoming more and more a serious threat in civilian and military scenarios. In recent past, numerous incidents have been reported where small UAV were flying in security areas leading to serious danger to public safety or privacy. The detection and tracking of small UAV is a widely discussed topic. Especially, small UAV flying at low altitude in urban environment or near background structures and the detection of multiple UAV at the same time is challenging. Field trials were carried out to investigate the detection and tracking of multiple UAV flying at low altitude with state of the art detection technologies. Here, we present results which were achieved using a heterogeneous sensor network consisting of acoustic antennas, small frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) RADAR systems and optical sensors. While acoustics, RADAR and LiDAR were applied to monitor a wide azimuthal area (360◦) and to simultaneously track multiple UAV, optical sensors were used for sequential identification with a very narrow field of view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2017
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10200, Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXVI, 102001A (2 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2261930
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Martin Laurenzis, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Sebastien Hengy, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Alexander Hommes, Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (Germany)
Frank Kloeppel, Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (Germany)
Alex Shoykhetbrod, Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (Germany)
Thomas Geibig, Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (Germany)
Winfried Johannes, Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik (Germany)
Pierre Naz, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Frank Christnacher, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10200:
Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXVI
Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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