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Digitization of the battlefield using unattended ground sensors
Author(s): David C. Swanson
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Paper Abstract

Recent research in unattended ground sensor (UGS) systems has established the basis for significant advances in determining the local conditions in a tactical battlefield environment. In particular, new technology allows the creation of `throw-away' sensors which can be placed in a battlefield environment and are capable of self-location (via low cost global positioning satellite system technology), self-calibration using a portfolio of sensors to monitor the local environment, and inter-sensor site communications, e.g. via low level commercially available ethernet spread spectrum transceivers and peer-to-peer networking. At the Penn State University Applied Research Laboratory, such a capability has been developed and demonstrated at the breadboard level. Each node of a multi-node system involves a suite of sensors for acoustic/seismic target identification, sound propagation monitoring (depends greatly on weather conditions), barometric pressure, relative humidity, air temperature vertical gradient, wind, soil temperature, moisture, salinity, dielectric constant, and resistance. A small network of UGS nodes can be distributed widely in an array for non-line-of-sight target identification and tracking as well as real time characterization of the battlefield environment. This paper briefly describes the UGS implementation and unclassified experimental results showing a significant impact of the changing environment of acoustic detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 June 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2764, Digitization of the Battlefield, (7 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242074
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David C. Swanson, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2764:
Digitization of the Battlefield
Raja Suresh; William Langford, Editor(s)

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