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MicroSensors Systems: detection of a dismounted threat
Author(s): Bill Davis; Victor Berglund; Dwight Falkofske; Brian Krantz
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Paper Abstract

The Micro Sensor System (MSS) is a layered sensor network with the goal of detecting dismounted threats approaching high value assets. A low power unattended ground sensor network is dependant on a network protocol for efficiency in order to minimize data transmissions after network establishment. The reduction of network 'chattiness' is a primary driver for minimizing power consumption and is a factor in establishing a low probability of detection and interception. The MSS has developed a unique protocol to meet these challenges. Unattended ground sensor systems are most likely dependant on batteries for power which due to size determines the ability of the sensor to be concealed after placement. To minimize power requirements, overcome size limitations, and maintain a low system cost the MSS utilizes advanced manufacturing processes know as Fluidic Self-Assembly and Chip Scale Packaging. The type of sensing element and the ability to sense various phenomenologies (particularly magnetic) at ranges greater than a few meters limits the effectiveness of a system. The MicroSensor System will overcome these limitations by deploying large numbers of low cost sensors, which is made possible by the advanced manufacturing process used in production of the sensors. The MSS program will provide unprecedented levels of real-time battlefield information which greatly enhances combat situational awareness when integrated with the existing Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure. This system will provide an important boost to realizing the information dominant, network-centric objective of Joint Vision 2020.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5796, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606831
Show Author Affiliations
Bill Davis, Defense Microelectronics Activity (United States)
Victor Berglund, Crane Aerospace & Electronics AISD (United States)
Dwight Falkofske, Booz Allen Hamilton (United States)
Brian Krantz, Booz Allen Hamilton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5796:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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