5 October 2007 Area protection network (APN): a concept for autonomous perimeter surveillance and protection with demonstrator
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Area Protection Network (APN) is a concept for autonomous surveillance and perimeter protection. It is a network of sensors, software and a command & control system. The purpose is to protect military and civilian objects and installations with an all-weather, 24-hour, modular, low-cost and mobile system. The system shall primarily be able to detect and track human activity in the area of interest and also detect and classify behaviour in order to trig appropriate actions. In order to show the concept in real life, an operational demonstrator was developed during 2006. The APN demonstrator currently consists of a radar (SIRS77), infrared sensors (PTES), visual sensors (video camera), image processing and data fusion software (Impress) and a command and control system (WCU) The APN demonstrator can currently detect and track multiple humans and/or vehicles in limited 3D. The tracks are presented on a map in the operator's graphical user interface. The operator can define multiple alarm zones in the map. If any track enters an alarm zone an alarm is triggered. The system also includes "blue force" tracking.
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Per Lindquist, Per Lindquist, } "Area protection network (APN): a concept for autonomous perimeter surveillance and protection with demonstrator", Proc. SPIE 6736, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks IV, 67360N (5 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.737251; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.737251
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