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Robotic systems for homeland security
Author(s): Brian Esser; Jon Miller; Dryver R. Huston; Phil Bourn
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Paper Abstract

This paper will present the concept of utilizing various mobile robotic platforms for homeland security. Highly specialized mobile robots equipped with the proper sensors and data processing capabilities have the ability to provide security and surveillance for a wide variety of applications. Large infrastructure components, such as bridges, pipelines, dams, and electrical power grids pose severe challenges for monitoring, surveillance, and protection against man-made and natural hazards. The structures are enormous, often with awkward and dangerous configurations that make it difficult, if not impossible, for continuous human surveillance. Properly outfitted robots have the potential to provide long-term surveillance without requiring continuous human supervision. Furthermore, these robotic platforms can have disaster mitigation capabilities such as evaluation of infrastructure integrity at the disaster site. The results presented will include proof-of-concept robotic platforms equipped with various sensor arrays, as well as discussion of design criteria for numerous homeland security applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5395, Nondestructive Detection and Measurement for Homeland Security II, (14 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.548052
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Esser, Univ. of Vermont (United States)
Jon Miller, Univ. of Vermont (United States)
Dryver R. Huston, Univ. of Vermont (United States)
Phil Bourn, Univ. of Vermont (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5395:
Nondestructive Detection and Measurement for Homeland Security II
Steven R. Doctor; Yoseph Bar-Cohen; A. Emin Aktan; H. Felix Wu, Editor(s)

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