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Application of A'SCAPE to the millimeter wave data for the detection of concealed weapons
Author(s): Mohamed-Adel Slamani; Donald D. Weiner; Vincent C. Vannicola; David D. Ferris Jr.
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Paper Abstract

Amid the areas of application that the military has identified to transfer its technologies to is that of the law enforcement where they are interested in the application of different types of imaging sensors, particularly the millimeter wave sensors, to the detection of weapons concealed underneath clothing. In order to detect concealed weapons underneath clothing, it is important for the sensor to (1) have a good heavy clothing penetration, (2) operate at a reasonable long range and (3) display data in a near real time. Because these three prerequisites cannot be accomplished simultaneously, we introduce in this work a signal processing stage referred to as the Automated Statistical Characterization and Partitioning of Environments procedure (A'SCAPE), to be located between the data collection and the data display stages of the sensor in order to enhance the collected data before it is displayed. In this paper advantages and inconveniences of passive millimeter-wave sensors are discussed, A'SCAPE is described and an illustrating example is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 December 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2842, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves and Applications III, (18 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262775
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Mohamed-Adel Slamani, Research Associates for Defense Conversion (United States)
Donald D. Weiner, Syracuse Univ. (United States)
Vincent C. Vannicola, Rome Lab. (United States)
David D. Ferris Jr., Rome Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2842:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves and Applications III
Mohammed N. Afsar, Editor(s)

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