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Soldier identification system for dismounted soldier application: prototype development and testing
Author(s): Michael C. Zari; Anthony F. Zwilling; Joseph W. Fikes; David A. Hess; Reeder Noah Ward; Christopher Scott Anderson; David J. Chiang
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Paper Abstract

This paper documents the design and testing of a prototype laser/radio frequency (RF) Soldier Identification (ID) System developed by Dynetics, Inc., Harris, Corp., and the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM). The Soldier ID system consists of an Interrogation Unit, a Responder Unit, and a Programming Unit. The Interrogation Unit consists of a directive, eyesafe laser and a spread-spectrum RF transceiver. This allows for a low probability of intercept (LPI) interrogation, which is of interest during covert operations. A Responder Unit is worn, for example, by a soldier and transmits an LPI spread-spectrum RF response, only after receiving the proper interrogation codes. The operating principles for the subsystem are reviewed, and key design issues are presented. In addition, both breadboard and prototype test results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3080, Digitization of the Battlefield II, (26 June 1997);
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Zari, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Anthony F. Zwilling, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Joseph W. Fikes, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
David A. Hess, Harris Corp. (United States)
Reeder Noah Ward, Harris Corp. (United States)
Christopher Scott Anderson, Univ. of Florida (United States)
David J. Chiang, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3080:
Digitization of the Battlefield II
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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