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From: Dan Clingman
Subject: Re: Remote Sensor Help
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Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 18:07:08 GMT
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Check out www.microstrain.com. They have a line of rf networked sensors
based on the devices you are talking about.
> I would like to do some experimenting as a proof of concept. I don't
> have the expertise in electronics however, I can handle assembly, etc.
> (I work with Federal Law Enforcement on the southwest border trying to
> detect and stop the flow of illegal aliens and drugs into the US.)
> Problem: Aliens(Mexican not Martian) and aliens backpacking large
> quantities of marijuana cross the US border by foot in the remote
> areas of the SW. Some areas actually have started to resemble the Ho
> Chi Minh trail in Viet Nam. We don't have the people to cover the vast
> areas. Remote sensors(seismic, magnetic, trip) are currently used to
> detect vehicle and foot traffic. The current sensors (Monitron Inc,
> Qualtron Inc) are expensive and dumb (unable to work together to limit
> false alarms.) I would initially like to solve the intelligence
> problem but keep the cost issue in mind.
> My ideas are based on:
> After suffering delusions of grandeur, I realized that the level of
> complexity in the RSC solution isn't required. However, there are alot
> of good ideas, the main being a fusion of a variety of sensors.
> My Concept: Mate HMC1001(Honeywell magnetic sensor) and ADXL202(Analog
> accelerometer) or Geospace 20DX(geophone) with a MCU and a RF
> module(Abacom). A series(three or so) of these would communicate with
> a host(RF receiver, MCU, some link to the outside world) which would
> decide whether an intrusion was detected and pass it on to another
> Ultimately what I need is someone that is willing(and hopefully
> capable) of doing some circuit design. If anyone is interested please
> contact me. (I'm more than willing to share/give credit and proceeds.)
> Before I write anymore I will wait to see if anyone is interested.
> A sincere thanks in advance,
> John E. Cottrell
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