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Biometric identification using holographic radar imaging techniques
Author(s): Douglas L. McMakin; David M. Sheen; Thomas E. Hall; Mike O. Kennedy; Harlen P. Foote
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Paper Abstract

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have been at the forefront of developing innovative screening systems to enhance security and a novel imaging system to provide custom-fit clothing using holographic radar imaging techniques. First-of-a-kind cylindrical holographic imaging systems have been developed to screen people at security checkpoints for the detection of concealed, body worn, non-metallic threats such as plastic and liquid explosives, knifes and contraband. Another embodiment of this technology is capable of obtaining full sized body measurements in near real time without the person under surveillance removing their outer garments. Radar signals readily penetrate clothing and reflect off the water in skin. This full body measurement system is commercially available for best fitting ready to wear clothing, which was the first "biometric" application for this technology. One compelling feature of this technology for security biometric applications is that it can see effectively through disguises, appliances and body hair.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6538, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI, 65380C (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.729636
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas L. McMakin, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
David M. Sheen, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Thomas E. Hall, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Mike O. Kennedy, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Harlen P. Foote, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6538:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VI
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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