IAI to Continue Development of Low Power, Long Life, Smart ISR Sensors for the Navy

OSD, Navy, and the Marine Corps are extremely interested in developing ultra-low power, low cost, smart ISR sensors for intrusion detection and warning systems that enable long-term unattended situational awareness. For securing high valued assets or areas of interest, the life expectancy of the energy source and processing power requirements are currently limiting factors in determining how long the sensing and analytic capabilities can remain operative while unattended. IAI has already developed Cognitive Ultra-low Power Sensor System (CUPSS) – a security system that addresses the operational concept of long-term unattended security for containers, cargo, and other assets. CUPSS has a wide variety of sensing modalities, including radio and vision-based sensors, and seismic and acoustic sensors suitable for advanced laboratory and supervised field-testing. ARGUS, the RF sensing modality of CUPSS, is a Radio Frequency (RF) based wireless tripwire for the detection of incursions through a protected area. IAI will improve ARGUS further to meet the requirements of the Navy and the Marine Corps, and refine it to provide a rapidly-deployable security solution to augment a Perimeter Intrusion Detection and Assessment System (PIDAS). IAI will characterize, evaluate, and improve the performance of ARGUS when deployed within or near a PIDAS fence line, and optimize it for low crawler detection, while reducing the number of false and nuisance alarms. IAI will investigate different parameters including higher transmit power, polarization diversity, sensor height, overlapping detection zones, and enhanced detection algorithms, to make the system field-ready. The developed system can be used in applications to protect critical infrastructure in both the DoD and commercial domains.