United States Army engineers have developed a new road threat detection system SCISSOR-G 2712121
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|Thursday, December 27, 2012, 09:39 AM|
|United States Army engineers have developed a new road threat detection system SCISSOR-G.|
Explosives along roadways remain an unrelenting hazard for deployed Soldiers. U.S. Army engineers have developed a system for detecting possible threats by identifying potential threat locations on unimproved roads, the SCISSOR-G (Shadow Class Infrared Spectral Sensor-Ground). (By Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM)
The Shadow Class Infrared Spectral Sensor-Ground, known as SCISSOR-G, could allow Soldiers on a route clearance patrol to achieve greater standoff ranges from possible improvised explosive devices during missions. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
The Shadow Class Infrared Spectral Sensor-Ground, known as SCISSOR-G, could allow Soldiers on a route clearance patrol to achieve greater standoff ranges during missions, said Jim Hilger, chief of the Signal and Image Processing Branch within the U.S. Army Communications -- Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center's Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate, at Fort Belvoir, Va.
The sensor SCISSOR-G is mounted on a vehicle, usually a Husky, using a 10-inch turret with state-of-the-art infrared and high-definition color cameras; (Photo Credit: U/S. Army)
The SCISSOR-G consists of a sensor and a multi-sensor graphical user interface, or MS GUI. The sensor is mounted on a vehicle, usually a Husky, using a 10-inch turret with state-of-the-art infrared and high-definition color cameras. The MS GUI has a touch screen monitor to control the turret and cameras.
The MS GUI is flexible enough to enable the sensor control and data visualization to be on the same vehicle as the turret or in a trailing vehicle. The two components of the system enable a single operator to monitor the roadway for threats in real time, Hilger said.
When SCISSOR-G is configured for two vehicles, commands and data are transmitted via a radio link. If the MS GUI operator in the sensor vehicle detects a threat, he would alert the lead-vehicle driver to a specific area for threat confirmation.
Hilger emphasized that the detection of an irregularity or clue does not necessarily mean that a threat is present. Information is provided to the MS GUI operator to determine whether further investigation is required based on the threat signature.
The SCISSOR-G is the result of more than 10 years of research into techniques for explosive threat detection, Hilger said. Twelve CERDEC NVESD personnel from three branches combined their areas of expertise to complete the project in the past year-and-a-half.
The Army Test and Evaluation Command conducted testing on the SCISSOR-G before its deployment to theater.