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Affordable unattended ground sensors: technologies and challenges
Author(s): Gervasio Prado
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we examine the different functions performed by an acoustic-seismic unattended ground sensor (UGS) and how they contribute to the overall cost of the sensor and its implementation. A key point made is that the performance of the acoustic-seismic depends on target characteristics and environmental conditions and cannot easily be traded off against implementation costs. At the present time, sensor implementation costs are dominated by the radios. In general, it is best to use radios whose range is consistent with the detection capabilities of the sensors. Dense networks of sensors using short-range radios supporting distributed communication architecture will produce an unnecessary duplication of coverage and a much-increased cost. Different scenarios for the utilization of acoustic-seismic UGS are examined, and evaluated with respect to their implementation costs. The most cost-effective use of acoustic-seismic sensors is in those applications where they can use satellite communications or tap into an existing communications network.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5796, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications VII, (27 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.607353
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Gervasio Prado, SenTech, Inc. (United States)

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

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