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Optimizing sensor placement using predictive geospatial analytics, the physical environment, and surveillance constraints
Author(s): Greg Schmidt; Brandon Witham; Jason Valore; Ben Holland; Jason Dalton
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Paper Abstract

Military, police, and industrial surveillance operations could benefit from having sensors deployed in configurations that maximize collection capability. We describe a surveillance planning approach that optimizes sensor placements to collect information about targets of interest by using information from predictive geospatial analytics, the physical environment, and surveillance constraints. We designed a tool that accounts for multiple sensor aspects-collection footprints, groupings, and characteristics; multiple optimization objectives-surveillance requirements and predicted threats; and multiple constraints-sensing, physical environment (including terrain), and geographic surveillance constraints. The tool uses a discrete grid model to keep track of geographic sensing objectives and constraints, and from these, estimate probabilities for collection containment and detection. We devised an evolutionary algorithm and polynomial time approximation schemes (PTAS) to optimize the tool variables above to generate the positions and aspect for a network of sensors. We also designed algorithms to coordinate a mixture of sensors with different competing objectives, competing constraints, couplings, and proximity constraints.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2012
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8396, Geospatial InfoFusion II, 83960A (3 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921513
Show Author Affiliations
Greg Schmidt, GeoEye Analytics (United States)
Brandon Witham, GeoEye Analytics (United States)
Jason Valore, GeoEye Analytics (United States)
Ben Holland, GeoEye Analytics (United States)
Jason Dalton, GeoEye Analytics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8396:
Geospatial InfoFusion II
Matthew F. Pellechia; Richard J. Sorensen; Shiloh L. Dockstader; Kannappan Palaniappan; Xuan Liu, Editor(s)

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