Accession Number:

ADA364497

Title:

An Automated Security Response Robot

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

1998-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

ROBART III is intended as an advanced demonstration platform for non-lethal response measures, extending the concepts of reflexive teleoperation into the realm of coordinated weapons control i.e., sensor-aided control of mobility, camera, and weapon functions in law enforcement and urban warfare scenarios. A rich mix of ultrasonic and optical proximity and range sensors facilitates remote operation in unstructured and unexplored buildings with minimal operator supervision. Autonomous navigation and mapping of interior spaces is significantly enhanced by an innovative algorithm which exploits the fact that the majority of man-made structures are characterized by but not limited to parallel and orthogonal walls. Extremely robust intruder detection and assessment capabilities are achieved through intelligent fusion of a multitude of inputs from various onboard motion sensors. Intruder detection is addressed by a 360-degree staring array of passive-infrared motion detectors, augmented by a number of positionable head-mounted sensors i.e., sonar, microwave, video. Automatic camera tracking of a moving target is accomplished using a video line digitizer. Non-lethal response systems include a six-barreled pneumatically-powered Gatling gun, high-powered strobe lights, and three ear-piercing 103-decibel sirens. This paper presents a comprehensive overview of ROBART IIIs supervised autonomous navigation, intruder tracking, and non-lethal weapon and control systems.

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE