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Radiation detection with distributed sensor networks
Author(s): Angela M. Mielke; Mark C. Smith; Sean M. Brennan; David C. Torney; Diana Jackson; Josh F. Karlin; Arthur B. Maccabe
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Paper Abstract

Given the heightened awareness and response to threats posed to national security, it is important to evaluate, and if possible, improve current measures being taken to ensure our nation’s safety. With terrorism so prevalent in our thoughts, the possible risk of nuclear attacks remains a major concern. Portal monitors are one type of technology that may be used to combat this risk. Their purpose is to detect nuclear materials and, if found, alert first responders to such a discovery. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is currently working on an alternative to these costly portal monitors through the Distributed Sensor Network (DSN) project. In collaboration with the University of New Mexico (UNM), this project aims to develop distributed networks of heterogeneous sensors with the ability to process data in-situ in order to produce real-time decisions regarding the presence of radioactive material within the network. The focus of the work described in this paper has been the evaluation of current commercial products available for application deployments, as well as the development of a sensor network in simulation to reduce key deployment issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2005
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5778, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV, (20 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603498
Show Author Affiliations
Angela M. Mielke, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Mark C. Smith, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Sean M. Brennan, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
David C. Torney, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Diana Jackson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Columbia Univ. (United States)
Josh F. Karlin, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Arthur B. Maccabe, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5778:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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