Autonomous Remote Biohazard Surveillance System

Autonomous Remote Biohazard Surveillance System

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SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific’s (SSC Pacific) miniaturized remote biohazard surveillance system detects, analyzes, and reports the presence of biohazards using permanently deployed remote surveillance stations. Each station can operate independently and without human intervention for prolonged periods. The stations are capable of quickly detecting airborne biohazard particles without relying on, or being limited by, predetermined biohazard profiles. Moreover, the stations communicate with a central station and database, which allows for the determination of the point(s) of origin for the threat(s) and their likely dissipation patterns, as well as the uploading of new threat profiles as appropriate.

The civilian population lives under ongoing threats from bioterrorism. These biological threats require greater sensor detection capabilities than current autonomous remote sensor technologies provide. Current sensor detecting systems require frequent servicing and are sensitive to temperature, humidity, light, and other environmental factors. SSC Pacific’s biohazard sensor system requires less frequent servicing and is not sensitive to environmental factors.

Benefits of the SSC Pacific biohazard surveillance system include an open architecture for easy software integration and sensor fusion; miniaturized remote autonomous sensors; the ability to download biohazard profiles via radio; the capability to upload biohazard profiles via cell phone; the system operates autonomously and can be powered by solar, battery, fuel cell, etc.; and the system is effective in all climatic extremes and can be made small enough to fit into a quart bottle.

For more information about this technology, contact SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific at ssc_pac_t2@navy.mil

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