30 November 2004 Defense applications of disposable organic sensor networks
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The nature of many current Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) sensor systems requires that they are controlled at an operational or strategic level. The trend towards asymmetric/urban warfare has created the necessity for tactical commanders to be empowered with a similar ISTAR capability but over a reduced area. The variable temporal, spatial and cost constraints imposed by each scenario requires an adaptable organic sensory system to be developed to support the tactical commander. Unmanned Disposable Organic Sensor Networks (DOSNs) are promising to provide sensory solutions in many tactical situations. However in order to develop a suitable DOSN it is necessary to identify the optimum realisation to meet the tactical commanders requirements. In this paper the work conducted by QinetiQ for elements of the UK MOD is discussed. This includes: 1) A method for assessing the value of each specific realisation of a DOSN against a range of scenarios. 2) Description of models used to generate an understanding of the capability of DOSN systems. 3) Description of an experimental DOSN system with associated trial results and plans to validate the models discussed above. The technical approach employed could also be used to assess the applicability of DOSN systems across a range of other military ISTAR requirements.
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Dean A. R. Beale, Andrew L. Hume, Ruth N. Hodges, Vince P. Calloway, Steve D. Kimber, "Defense applications of disposable organic sensor networks", Proc. SPIE 5611, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks, (30 November 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.581261; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.581261
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