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Multisensor configurations for early sniper detection
Author(s): D. Lindgren; D. Bank; L. Carlsson; R. Dulski; Y. Duval; G. Fournier; R. Grasser; H. Habberstad; C. Jacquelard; M. Kastek; R. Otterlei; G.-P. Piau; F. Pierre; I. Renhorn; L. Sjöqvist; O. Steinvall; P. Trzaskawka
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Paper Abstract

This contribution reports some of the fusion results from the EDA SNIPOD project, where different multisensor configurations for sniper detection and localization have been studied. A project aim has been to cover the whole time line from sniper transport and establishment to shot. To do so, different optical sensors with and without laser illumination have been tested, as well as acoustic arrays and solid state projectile radar. A sensor fusion node collects detections and background statistics from all sensors and employs hypothesis testing and multisensor estimation programs to produce unified and reliable sniper alarms and accurate sniper localizations. Operator interfaces that connect to the fusion node should be able to support both sniper countermeasures and the guidance of personnel to safety. Although the integrated platform has not been actually built, sensors have been evaluated at common field trials with military ammunitions in the caliber range 5.56 to 12.7 mm, and at sniper distances up to 900 m. It is concluded that integrating complementary sensors for pre- and postshot sniper detection in a common system with automatic detection and fusion will give superior performance, compared to stand alone sensors. A practical system is most likely designed with a cost effective subset of available complementary sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2011
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8186, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications V, 81860D (5 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898263
Show Author Affiliations
D. Lindgren, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
D. Bank, EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
L. Carlsson, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
R. Dulski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Y. Duval, EADS France (France)
G. Fournier, EADS France (France)
R. Grasser, CILAS (France)
H. Habberstad, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
C. Jacquelard, CILAS (France)
M. Kastek, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
R. Otterlei, Snipos AS (Norway)
G.-P. Piau, EADS France (France)
F. Pierre, CILAS (France)
I. Renhorn, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
L. Sjöqvist, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
O. Steinvall, Swedish Defence Research Agency (Sweden)
P. Trzaskawka, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8186:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications V
Gary J. Bishop; Gary W. Kamerman; Ove Steinvall; John D. Gonglewski; Keith L. Lewis, Editor(s)

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