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New Directions In The Use Of Infrared Technology For Drug Interdiction
Author(s): James T. Wood; Robert L. Milian; Clinton Thacker
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Paper Abstract

The U.S. Customs Service continues to use the infrared imaging technology to aid in the interdiction of illicit drugs. The imagers in use include several handheld thermal viewers and several AAS-36 FLIRs integrated to the U.S. Customs Service Citation aircraft. The future will see several more AAS-36 FLIRs and may see lower cost FLIRs integrated to patrol boats, patrol vehicles and lightweight, long range aircraft. In the past year, the U.S. Customs Service has begun looking at several new promising scenarios, two of which are described in the paper along with preliminary results in evaluating the use of IR technology for these applications. The first involves the use of IR imagers for passive surveillance of vessels suspected of carrying contraband. The second involves the use of low cost IR technology on board lightweight, long range and lower cost aircraft for passive tracking of incoming suspect aircraft. Both of these scenarios depend on the efficient use of the IR technology in streamlined, cost effective interdiction procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1983
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0339, Optics and Images in Law Enforcement II, (23 June 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.933647
Show Author Affiliations
James T. Wood, DCS Corporation (United States)
Robert L. Milian, U.S. Customs Service (United States)
Clinton Thacker, DCS Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0339:
Optics and Images in Law Enforcement II
Avron S. Hecht, Editor(s)

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