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Airborne infrared and visible sensors used for law enforcement and drug interdiction
Author(s): David M. Aikens; William R. Young
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Paper Abstract

Throughout the 1980's, airborne infrared and visible band sensors have played an increasing role in the fields of law enforcement and drug interdiction. In the 1990's, as more enforcement agencies avail themselves of existing and evolving sensor technologies, a family of issues peculiar to airborne sensor applications for search and rescue, boarder patrol, security, surveillance and intelligence gathering will be addressed by a rapidly growing industry. Increasingly, single payload gimbals are being replaced by multiple role sensor assemblies, capable of two and even three waveband imaging, target designation and illumination. The ability to provide these multi-function sensor pods and integrate, anal'ze and store the resultant imagery and data will be a necessary requisite to continue servicing the law enforcement community. This paper discusses some of the applications of visible and IR sensors in law enforcement and the issues peculiar to their use in that community. Sensor technology which is currently available will be described, as well as new sensor developments which will become deployed throughout the 1990's. Particular emphasis will be given to IR and visible sensors, lasers and sensor fusion. A short videotape of JR and visible imagery used in law enforcement will be shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1479, Surveillance Technologies, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.44552
Show Author Affiliations
David M. Aikens, FLIR Systems, Inc. (United States)
William R. Young, U.S. Navy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1479:
Surveillance Technologies
Sankaran Gowrinathan; Raymond J. Mataloni; Stanley J. Schwartz, Editor(s)

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