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Networked sensors: armor for the future force
Author(s): John W. Gowens; John Eicke
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Army has embarked on an important campaign to field a lighter, more agile force, capable of being deployed in a fraction of the time currently required. The survivability of this force will depend more heavily on the use of integrated command and control capabilities with unsurpassed situational understanding for all levels of command. Arrays of small, low cost sensors will play a key role in detecting, locating, tracking, and identifying targets, particularly in areas where the terrain or other circumstances prevent traditional high performance sensors from providing critical information. Individual sensor types will provide modest performance but with a wide range of sensing modalities. When deployed in large numbers, the data fused from multiple sensing modalities will provide a detailed view of the battlespace over a wide area. A critical element necessary to deploy unattended ground sensor technology is the underlying communications and networking infrastructure. Communication networks will constitute the major challenge to making unattended ground sensors networks practical.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4396, Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Warfare, (29 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438299
Show Author Affiliations
John W. Gowens, Army Research Lab. (United States)
John Eicke, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4396:
Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Warfare
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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