Development of a Low-Cost Passive Infrared Profiling Sensor

Report No. ARL-TR-7370
Authors: Ron Frankel
Date/Pages: August 2015; 26 pages
Abstract: A new family of sensors called passive infrared (IR) profile sensors has been developed, prototyped, and successfully field tested. They provide a side view outline of a moving target based on temperature differences with ambient conditions. Profile sensors offer a low-cost, low-bandwidth, low-power alternative to traditional imaging sensors. Profile sensors are a means of detecting and classifying people, vehicles, and animals. Such sensors may find use in monitoring military bases including forward operating bases (FOBs), small platoon-sized outposts, or larger facilities such as naval ports or airport hangars. Further uses may include the remote monitoring of border areas or human or drug trafficking routes.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: August 1, 2015