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16 October 2008 Aerial surveillance vehicles augment security at shipping ports
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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.
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Robert C. Huck, Muhammad K. Al Akkoumi, Samuel Cheng, James J. Sluss Jr., and Thomas L. Landers "Aerial surveillance vehicles augment security at shipping ports", Proc. SPIE 7112, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks V, 71120J (16 October 2008);


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