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Smart container UWB sensor system for situational awareness of intrusion alarms

United States Patent

June 11, 2013
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An in-container monitoring sensor system is based on an UWB radar intrusion detector positioned in a container and having a range gate set to the farthest wall of the container from the detector. Multipath reflections within the container make every point on or in the container appear to be at the range gate, allowing intrusion detection anywhere in the container. The system also includes other sensors to provide false alarm discrimination, and may include other sensors to monitor other parameters, e.g. radiation. The sensor system also includes a control subsystem for controlling system operation. Communications and information extraction capability may also be included. A method of detecting intrusion into a container uses UWB radar, and may also include false alarm discrimination. A secure container has an UWB based monitoring system.
Romero; Carlos E. (Livermore, CA), Haugen; Peter C. (Livermore, CA), Zumstein; James M. (Livermore, CA), Leach, Jr.; Richard R. (Castro Valley, CA), Vigars; Mark L. (Livermore, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC. (Livermore, CA)
12/ 580,379
October 16, 2009
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC.