Accession Number : ADA305076

Title :   MDARS Interior Platform.

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : NAVAL COMMAND CONTROL AND OCEAN SURVEILLANCE CENTER RDT AND E DIV SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Holland, J. M. ; Martin, A. ; Smurlo, R. P. ; Everett, H. R.

PDF Url : ADA305076

Report Date : OCT 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System (MDARS) is an automated robotic security and inventory system capable of controlling multiple indoor and/or outdoor autonomous platforms from a single host console. Separate development efforts target: (1) warehouse interiors and (2) outdoor storage areas. The MDARS Interior system is designed to run on its own, with each robot patrolling a designated region within a warehouse environment until an 'exceptional event' occurs. Typical exceptional events include the detection of an intruder, the robot becoming trapped, or discovery of a fire. When such an event occurs, a guard can intervene from the host console and directly interact with the platform that reported the event. During patrol the robot performs automated security, environmental, and inventory assessment functions. Bach platform is equipped with microwave and passive-infrared motion sensors to detect and a video camera to track potential intruders. A platform-mounted tag-reading device performs inventory assessment functions while the robot is patrolling the warehouse. The tag reader communicates with small radio frequency (RF) transponder tags attached to high-valued or pilferable items. Tag responses pinpoint each item, its location, and time of detection. This information is uploaded (via the command and control console) to an inventory database that can be queried on demand to report misplaced or missing stock. As the initial MDARS Interior implementation involves eight Cybermotion K2A Navmaster robots, coordinating and controlling a system of this complexity requires the fusion of data from many sources.

Descriptors :   *PATROLLING, *PLATFORMS, *AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION, *INTRUSION DETECTORS, *WAREHOUSES, DATA BASES, ROBOTICS, AUTOMATION, ENVIRONMENTS, DETECTION, ROBOTS, TIME, INTERNAL, COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS, CAMERAS, SELF OPERATION, INVENTORY, AREA SECURITY, STORAGE, VIDEO SIGNALS, RADIOFREQUENCY, CONSOLES, LABELS, OUTDOOR, INTRUSION DETECTION, TRANSPONDERS.

Subject Categories : Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE