Automating Barrier Assessment with Mobile Security Robots
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Barrier assessment is the time consuming and labor-intensive process of manual inspection of locks on doors and gates by security guards. The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System MDARS uses Unmanned Ground Vehicles UGVs and a Barrier Assessment System BAS to automate lock inspection and report an unsecured area to the security force thereby improving their ability to detect and respond to unauthorized access. MDARS is adjoint U.S. Army-Navy development effort to field mobile robots at Department of Defense DoD sites for physical security and automated inventory missions. MDARS UGVs patrol autonomously outside of storage facilities and operate payloads for intruder detection, inventory assessment, and barrier assessment. For barrier assessment, the robots remotely monitor the status of locks with Internal Locking Devices. The robot will notify the user if a lock is opened or has been compromised. This paper details the evolution of the BAS from prototype design to successfully passing developmental testing. Additional emphasis is placed on integration of the barrier assessment payload with the MDARS Exterior robot, installation of the BAS support equipment in a storage area, user interface, and overall system improvements at an MDARS operational site.
- Defense Systems
- Land and Riverine Navigation and Guidance