21 February 2001 Handheld ultrasonic concealed weapon detector
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Proceedings Volume 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security; (2001) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417527
Event: Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement, 2000, Boston, MA, United States
A handheld, battery-operated prototype of a concealed weapon detector has been built and tested. Designed to detect both metallic and non-metallic weapons, the sensor utilizes focused ultrasound (40 kHz frequency) to remotely detect concealed objects from beyond arm's length out to a range of about 12 feet (4 meters). The detector can be used in prison settings, by officers in the field to allow for stand-off frisking of suspects, and to supplement security at courthouse entrances and other monitored portals. The detector emits an audible alarm (with provision for an earphone jack) as well as a visible light-bar indicator when an object is detected. A high intensity aiming light, with momentary switch, allows the user to accurately determine the location of the concealed object. Current efforts are aimed at increasing the probability of detection, reducing the false-alarm rate, and extending the range of detectability out to 20 feet. Plans for accomplishing these tasks will be presented together with data showing the effective range and probability of detection for the present system.
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Norbert C. Wild, Norbert C. Wild, Frank Doft, Frank Doft, Dennis Breuner, Dennis Breuner, Franklin S. Felber, Franklin S. Felber, "Handheld ultrasonic concealed weapon detector", Proc. SPIE 4232, Enabling Technologies for Law Enforcement and Security, (21 February 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.417527; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.417527

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