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Experimental validation of ship identification with a laser range profiler
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Paper Abstract

Naval operations in the littoral have to deal with threats at short range in cluttered environments with both neutral and hostile targets. There is a need for fast identification, which is possible with a laser range profiler. Additionally, in a coastal-surveillance scenario a laser range profiler can be used for identification of small sea-surface targets approaching the coast. A field trial in June 2007 at the coast of Norway was conducted to validate the concept of ship identification with a laser range profile. A laser range profiler with a high bandwidth, fast laser receiver was used to perform tests on the capability of a laser range profiler for identification. The ships in the field trial were of frigate size. Good laser range profiles could be obtained up to a range of 10 km. The experimental results were compared with the geometry of the ships and a simulated range profile based on a 3D target model. The good match between experimental and simulated laser range profiles means that a database of laser range signatures can be constructed from 3D-models, thus simplifying the database creation. It is shown that sea-surface targets can be distinguished by their laser range profiles. A neural net approach could distinguish five ships with no false identification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6950, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIII, 69500V (13 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.777944
Show Author Affiliations
Johan C. van den Heuvel, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Paul Pace, Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
Herman H. P. Th. Bekman, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Frank J. M. van Putten, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Ric M. A. Schleijpen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6950:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XIII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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