20 May 2005 Testing of new seismic sensors for footstep detection and other security applications
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General Sensing Systems (GSS) has been successfully developing a new sensor for the past several years. Herein we describe the lab and field testing of this small size, extremely lost cost and high performance seismic sensor intended for up-to-date security and military systems. This article delivers the latest results of the wide-ranging laboratory and field tests of this new sensor. During the testing, GSS’s new sensor was compared with the leading commercially available geophones, the GS-14-L3 and GS-20DX geophones produced by Geo Space Corporation. The obtained results confirm our pilot lab testing [1] in terms of the advantages of new sensor. The results show that the new GSS sensor has an expanding frequency response range in both the low and high frequency areas. The GSS sensor also has the highest sensitivity among all the compared geophones as well as a lower sensitivity threshold. This point is significant for real signal interpretation in heavy noise environments and is a significant advantage of the GSS sensor’s performance in comparison to that of existing commercial geophones. The comparative field test results show that the GSS sensor allows to detect footstep signal by almost 3 times larger distance between the sensor and walking person. This is crucial for increased detection range of seismic-acoustic reconnaissance systems. In general, the results show it is possible to manufacture very small and inexpensive seismic sensors with significantly improved performance characteristics.
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A. Pakhomov, A. Pakhomov, D. Pisano, D. Pisano, A. Sicignano, A. Sicignano, T. Goldburt, T. Goldburt, } "Testing of new seismic sensors for footstep detection and other security applications", Proc. SPIE 5778, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IV, (20 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604005; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.604005

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