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Miniature EO/IR sensors for border security applications
Author(s): William B. Hornback
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Paper Abstract

The geographic lines of the land borders between the United States and Mexico total over 6,000 miles. The vast majority of those borders are in difficult to reach remote landscape. This makes it nearly impossible to patrol with any reasonable amount of personal or budget. Thus, the primary approach has been to mix a combination of low cost acoustic/seismic sensors with remotely controlled EO cameras. While moderately successful in controlled locations, these systems are expensive to install and expensive to man. The cost of these systems rises further when operation is required in night and adverse weather conditions. A lower cost of installation and maintenance could be achieved with miniaturized EO/IR cameras combined with intelligent remote and central processing. Advances in both VNIR and LW infrared sensors and developments in integrated signal processing now make possible a distributed low cost surveillance system. The ability now exists to detect, track, and classify people and equipment prior to notification of the responding agent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 May 2006
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 6203, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security II, 620309 (9 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673689
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William B. Hornback, Irvine Sensors Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6203:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security II
Theodore T. Saito; Daniel Lehrfeld, Editor(s)

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