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Millimeter Wave High Resolution Radar for Stand-Off Concealed Weapon Detection

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $496,972)

The goal of this effort is to develop a radar sensor at 94 GHz (or higher frequency) such that range resolution is about two inches (or less) and angle resolution is measured in fractions of a degree at 15m. Focus on detecting weapons concealed under clothing for purpose of safeguarding various locations. Included are screening locations at building portals, airports, public areas and in prisons. This project will produce an antiterrorism technology that can remotely detect suicide bomb belts. Special venue applications include high-throughput screening at schools, courts, sporting events or other large public areas. Weapons to be detected include handguns, knives, explosives or other devices.

Phase 1 will demonstrate the system technology initially in a test bed environment and carry out extensive object signature collection. Phase II will allow the objectives of NIJ to be realized in a sensor prototype product.

The majority of the users of this technology will be local law enforcement.


Under the proposed second year task plan, the core millimeter wave high resolution radar for stand-off concealed weapon detection technology will be implemented in a prototype sensor meeting the objectives of NIJ and which incorporates the threat assessment algorithms (automatic target recognition'ATR) for reliable identification of threat objects for subsequent intervention by security personnel.


Date Created: September 12, 2007