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Aerial surveillance vehicles augment security at shipping ports
Author(s): Robert C. Huck; Muhammad K. Al Akkoumi; Samuel Cheng; James J. Sluss Jr.; Thomas L. Landers
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Paper Abstract

With the ever present threat to commerce, both politically and economically, technological innovations provide a means to secure the transportation infrastructure that will allow efficient and uninterrupted freight-flow operations for trade. Currently, freight coming into United States ports is "spot checked" upon arrival and stored in a container yard while awaiting the next mode of transportation. For the most part, only fences and security patrols protect these container storage yards. To augment these measures, the authors propose the use of aerial surveillance vehicles equipped with video cameras and wireless video downlinks to provide a birds-eye view of port facilities to security control centers and security patrols on the ground. The initial investigation described in this paper demonstrates the use of unmanned aerial surveillance vehicles as a viable method for providing video surveillance of container storage yards. This research provides the foundation for a follow-on project to use autonomous aerial surveillance vehicles coordinated with autonomous ground surveillance vehicles for enhanced port security applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 October 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7112, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks V, 71120J (16 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799752
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Robert C. Huck, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Muhammad K. Al Akkoumi, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Samuel Cheng, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
James J. Sluss Jr., Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
Thomas L. Landers, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7112:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks V
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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