A low cost 16x16 un-cooled pyroelectric detector array, allied with advanced tracking and detection algorithms, has enabled the development of a universal detector with a wide range of applications in people monitoring and homeland security.
Violation of access control systems, whether controlled by proximity card, biometrics, swipe card or similar, may occur by 'tailgating' or 'piggybacking' where an 'approved' entrant with a valid entry card is accompanied by a closely spaced 'non-approved' entrant. The violation may be under duress, where the accompanying person is attempting to enter a secure facility by force or threat. Alternatively, the violation may be benign where staff members collude either through habit or lassitude, either with each other or with third parties, without considering the security consequences. Examples of the latter could include schools, hospitals or maternity homes.
The 16x16 pyroelectric array is integrated into a detector or imaging system which incorporates data processing, target extraction and decision making algorithms. The algorithms apply interpolation to the array output, allowing a higher level of resolution than might otherwise be expected from such a low resolution array. The pyroelectric detection principle means that the detection will work in variable light conditions and even in complete darkness, if required. The algorithms can monitor the shape, form, temperature and number of persons in the scene and utilise this information to
determine whether a violation has occurred or not. As people are seen as 'hot blobs' and are not individually recognisable, civil liberties are not infringed in the detection process. The output from the detector is a simple alarm signal which may act as input to the access control system as an alert or to trigger CCTV image display and storage. The applications for a tailgate detector can be demonstrated across many medium security applications where there are
no physical means to prevent this type of security breach.
A 16x16 un-cooled thermal array based detector (ABD) offers the prospect of a new generation of security sensors, with high false alarm rejection and the ability to detect, track and count the number of intruders.
The IRISYS array provides the ability not simply to detect an intruder, but by tracking them as a true moving target discriminate between real and false alarm sources. Target processing is carried out within the sensor allowing the position and size of each target within the field of view to be generated. The location and size for each target is output as a low bandwidth data message suitable for transmission over alarm signalling networks. A central security management system or alarm receiving centre display would provide an operator with an intruder count per room, a pseudo 'visual' display of targets and locations, show target vectors on a graphical display and track targets from room to room, allowing an appropriate response to be initiated.
Taking the same concepts into external detection, should allow discrimination of humans versus animals or vermin and afford a high level of reasoning to reject environmentally generated false alarms. In external detection applications using the ABD as a trigger for CCTV, intruder location data would be used to steer and zoom a PTZ camera to achieve an identification view. As auto tracking features are added to the latest dome cameras the ABD's ability to track and output simultaneous data from multiple targets will steer a camera between several intruders.