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Photonic sensor applications in transportation security
Author(s): David A. Krohn
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Paper Abstract

There is a broad range of security sensing applications in transportation that can be facilitated by using fiber optic sensors and photonic sensor integrated wireless systems. Many of these vital assets are under constant threat of being attacked. It is important to realize that the threats are not just from terrorism but an aging and often neglected infrastructure. To specifically address transportation security, photonic sensors fall into two categories: fixed point monitoring and mobile tracking. In fixed point monitoring, the sensors monitor bridge and tunnel structural health and environment problems such as toxic gases in a tunnel. Mobile tracking sensors are being designed to track cargo such as shipboard cargo containers and trucks. Mobile tracking sensor systems have multifunctional sensor requirements including intrusion (tampering), biochemical, radiation and explosives detection. This paper will review the state of the art of photonic sensor technologies and their ability to meet the challenges of transportation security.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6758, Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace, 675802 (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737316
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David A. Krohn, Light Wave Venture Consulting, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6758:
Photonics in the Transportation Industry: Auto to Aerospace
Alex A. Kazemi; Christopher S. Baldwin, Editor(s)

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