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Ultrawideband through-wall radar for detecting the motion of people in real time

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Soumya Nag, Tim Payment, Gary Holladay

Time Domain Corp. (USA)

Mark A. Barnes

XonTech, Inc. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4744, Radar Sensor Technology and Data Visualization, 48 (July 30, 2002); doi:10.1117/12.488285
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  • Radar Sensor Technology and Data Visualization
  • Nickolas L. Faust; James L. Kurtz; Robert Trebits
  • Orlando, FL | April 01, 2002


Law enforcement officers and search-and-rescue workers often face the difficult task of determining the locations of people inside a building or obscured by smoke and debris. To address this problem, Time Domain Corporation (TDC) has developed a real-time, hand-held radar to detect the motion of persons in range and azimuth through non-metallic walls. This radar is a time modulated ultra-wide band (TM-UWB) impulse radar that generates a two-dimensional (2D) representation of moving targets in real time. The intentional transmit power emitted from the radar is comparable to the FCC Part 15, Class B limits. It has the following benefits: (1) covertness because of its ultra-low power noise-like signal, (2) high resolution at low radio frequencies for penetrating building materials, (3) reduced range ambiguities and clutter fold-over because of pseudo-random time modulation, and (4) clutter rejection because of the ultra-wide bandwidth of the signal. In this paper, an outline of the key parameters of the TDC prototype radar RadarVision2000 (RV2000) and a brief description of the algorithm that generates a motion map showing the range and direction of the moving people are presented. Some typical radar images of multiple targets for a variety of building materials and cluttered environment obtained using the prototype are shown. Finally, the paper presents some preliminary results for resolving the targets in the elevation plane along with a processing technique for reducing the intensity of multi-path responses in the images.

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Radar ; Modulation

Soumya Nag ; Mark A. Barnes ; Tim Payment and Gary Holladay
"Ultrawideband through-wall radar for detecting the motion of people in real time", Proc. SPIE 4744, Radar Sensor Technology and Data Visualization, 48 (July 30, 2002); doi:10.1117/12.488285; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.488285

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