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Force multiplying multifunction communications and surveillance platforms
Author(s): Harold Edwards; Dewey Davis; Steve Gorman; Mark Patten; Doug Vujcic
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Paper Abstract

This document has been prepared to describe a high level technical concept of operations for a multifunctional system supporting both communications and surveillance applications. For illustrative purposes, the application is focused on an implementation with the small unit operations situational awareness system (SUOSAS) network and a generic software programmable radio. This CONOP includes a preliminary view of the network configuration, and the timesharing between communications and surveillance functions. In a typical push-to-talk voice radio, multiple radio elements share a single channel. Normally, each radio is employed as a communication device only a small percentage of the time. During the time that the radio is not being used for communication, it is available to support other functions. If the receive path of the radio is configured to scan the RF environment during these times, signals that are of interest to the radio user can be detected and analyzed. In addition, low cost time bases derived from global positioning system (GPS) clocks, provide the capability to determine the position of these signals based on time difference of arrival (TDOA) techniques. A software defined multiband radio, access to a common timebase, and a robust data network are required to support the functions described in the paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 January 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3577, Sensors, C3I, Information, and Training Technologies for Law Enforcement, (7 January 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.336967
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Harold Edwards, Raytheon Systems Company (United States)
Dewey Davis, Raytheon Systems Company (United States)
Steve Gorman, Raytheon Systems Company (United States)
Mark Patten, Raytheon Systems Company (United States)
Doug Vujcic, Raytheon Systems Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3577:
Sensors, C3I, Information, and Training Technologies for Law Enforcement
Edward M. Carapezza; David B. Law, Editor(s)

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