Publication

Robotic Systems (RS)
2010

STANDOFF DETECTION OF IEDs WHILE ON THE MOVE

by Patrick J. Treado; Matthew P. Nelson; Charles W. Gardner; Steven Mitts; Rebecca L. Schuler

Abstract

ChemImage’s LightGuard sensor incorporates short-wave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imaging (HSI) to help address the problem of standoff detection of IEDs. The sensor technology exploits uncooled focal plane array technology in combination with novel liquid crystal optics and real-time machine vision processing methods to provide high definition imagery of IED threats in highly cluttered environments. LightGuard technology has been tested successfully at speeds up to 15 mph and at distances up to 200 m for the detection of military and homemade explosives, IED command wires, EFP camouflage and disturbed earth associated with IED emplacements. A summary of validated test results will be discussed which show LightGuard technology having unprecedented detection capability, including high sensitivity and low false alarm rates which enhance vehicle survivability.