LEVERAGING COMMERCIAL-OFF-THE-SHELF TECHNOLOGIES TO CREATE WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS TO AUGMENT AIR BASE GROUND DEFENSE
Wu, Caleb Y.
Gibson, John H.
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Forward-deployed maneuver sustainment operations, such as Forward Arming and Refueling Points (FARPs), are a critical center of gravity that adversaries seek to disrupt or destroy in order to jeopardize friendly scheme of maneuver and operations. With adversaries’ increased ability to attack such operating bases through indirect fire and infiltration, it becomes more difficult for perimeter defense assets to maintain situational awareness in order to respond to threats. A low-cost wireless sensor network composed of Raspberry Pi nodes equipped with short-range radars, cameras, and motion sensors was built to give force protection personnel early warning and to help them maintain situational awareness. While each layer alone had flaws, deployment of the wireless network of sensor nodes using the defense in depth principle proved capable of not only providing early warning to defenders, but also giving defenders detailed imagery and kinetic information on the intruder.