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Wireless sensor networks in a maritime environment
Author(s): W. Kavelaars; M. Maris
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Paper Abstract

In the recent years, there has been a lot of research on sensor networks and their applications. In particular for monitoring large and potentially hostile areas these networks have proven to be very useful. The technique of land-based sensor networks can be extrapolated to sensing buoys at sea or in harbors. This is a novel and intriguing addition to existing maritime monitoring systems. At TNO, much research effort has gone into developing sensor networks. In this paper, the TNOdes sensor network is presented. Its practical employability is demonstrated in a surveillance application deploying 50 nodes. The system is capable of tracking persons in a field, as would be the situation around a military compound. A camera-system is triggered by the sensors and zooms into the detected moving objects. It is described how this system could be modified to create a wireless buoys network. Typical applications of a wireless (and potentially mobile) buoy network are bay-area surveillance, mine detection, identification and ship protection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5986, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks II, 59860V (27 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.630837
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W. Kavelaars, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
M. Maris, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5986:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks II
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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