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Real-time method for establishing a detection map for a network of sensors

United States Patent

September 11, 2012
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A method for establishing a detection map of a dynamically configurable sensor network. This method determines an appropriate set of locations for a plurality of sensor units of a sensor network and establishes a detection map for the network of sensors while the network is being set up; the detection map includes the effects of the local terrain and individual sensor performance. Sensor performance is characterized during the placement of the sensor units, which enables dynamic adjustment or reconfiguration of the placement of individual elements of the sensor network during network set-up to accommodate variations in local terrain and individual sensor performance. The reconfiguration of the network during initial set-up to accommodate deviations from idealized individual sensor detection zones improves the effectiveness of the sensor network in detecting activities at a detection perimeter and can provide the desired sensor coverage of an area while minimizing unintentional gaps in coverage.
Nguyen; Hung D. (Albuquerque, NM), Koch; Mark W. (Albuquerque, NM), Giron; Casey (Albuquerque, NM), Rondeau; Daniel M. (Albuquerque, NM), Russell; John L. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 690,630
January 20, 2010
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.