First responders have the dangerous task of responding to emergency situations in firefighting scenarios involving homes and offices. The importance of the 77GHz radar and IR camera working together are their ability to see through walls and into adjacent areas to provide the first responder with information to assess the status of a building fire, its occupants, and to supplement his thermal camera which is obstructed by the wall. For the firefighter looking into an adjacent room containing unknown objects including humans, the challenge is to recognize what is in that room, the configuration of the room, and potential escape routes. The thermal camera has become an essential tool for the fireman to detect hot spots and the thermal signature of persons and objects within the room. We had previously concluded a series of experiments to illustrate the performance of 77GHz radar in building, fires and are continuing this research with a commercial thermal sensor. The experiments utilized the Delphi Automotive radar as the mm wave sensor, and a FLIR thermal sensor, together with display software developed by L. H. Kosowsky and Associates.
L. H. Kosowsky, A. D. Aronoff, R. Ferraro, S. Alland, and E. Fleischman, "Integrating 77-GHz radar and IR camera for first responders," Proc. SPIE 10634, Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging XXI, 106340D (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 19, 2018; Published: 11 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2292480.
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