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DS Sentry: an acquisition ASIC for smart, micro-power sensing applications
Author(s): John Liobe; Mark Fiscella; Eric Moule; Mark Balon; Mark Bocko; Zeljko Ignjatovic
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Paper Abstract

Unattended ground monitoring that combines seismic and acoustic information can be a highly valuable tool in intelligence gathering; however there are several prerequisites for this approach to be viable. The first is high sensitivity as well as the ability to discriminate real threats from noise and other spurious signals. By combining ground sensing with acoustic and image monitoring this requirement may be achieved. Moreover, the DS Sentry®provides innate spurious signal rejection by the "active-filtering" technique employed as well as embedding some basic statistical analysis. Another primary requirement is spatial and temporal coverage. The ideal is uninterrupted, long-term monitoring of an area. Therefore, sensors should be densely deployed and consume very little power. Furthermore, sensors must be inexpensive and easily deployed to allow dense placements in critical areas. The ADVIS DS Sentry®, which is a fully-custom integrated circuit that enables smart, micro-power monitoring of dynamic signals, is the foundation of the proposed system. The core premise behind this technology is the use of an ultra-low power front-end for active monitoring of dynamic signals in conjunction with a highresolution, Σ Δ-based analog-to-digital converter, which utilizes a novel noise rejection technique and is only employed when a potential threat has been detected. The DS Sentry® can be integrated with seismic accelerometers and microphones and user-programmed to continuously monitor for signals with specific signatures such as impacts, footsteps, excavation noise, vehicle-induced ground vibrations, or speech, while consuming only microwatts of power. This will enable up to several years of continuous monitoring on a single small battery while concurrently mitigating false threats.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8017, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI, 80170H (23 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.884253
Show Author Affiliations
John Liobe, ADVIS, Inc. (United States)
Mark Fiscella, ADVIS, Inc. (United States)
Eric Moule, ADVIS, Inc. (United States)
Mark Balon, ADVIS, Inc. (United States)
Mark Bocko, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Zeljko Ignjatovic, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8017:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XVI
Russell S. Harmon; John H. Holloway; J. Thomas Broach, Editor(s)

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