Accession Number:

ADA422161

Title:

Extending Mobile Security Robots to Force Protection Missions

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

2002-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The Mobile Detection Assessment Response System MDARS is a joint Army-Navy development effort to field mobile robots at Department of Defense DoD sites for physical security and automated inventory missions MDARS was initiated in 1989 to improve the effectiveness of a shrinking guard force, but was quickly expanded to address the intensive manpower requirements associated with accounting for high-dollar and critical DoD assets, Two types of autonomous platforms patrol inside warehouses Interior and outside of storage facilities Exterior, carrying payloads for intruder detection, inventory assessment, and barrier assessment. The MDARS console for command and control is based upon the Multiple Resource Host Architecture MRHA, which allows a single human guard to oversee and monitor up to 255 platforms andor unmanned sensors, Recent improvements to satisfy mission requirements for physical security have expanded the system capabilities to enable force-protection missions in tactical situations, Rapid-prototyping approaches have facilitated investigations into aiming and firing less-than-lethal weapons on an unmanned platform, deployment of a marsupial capability to carry smaller robots, and seamless all-digital communication between unmanned sensors and unmanned ground and air vehicles, This paper provides an overview of the MDARS evolutionary development approach using mobile robots and fixed sensors for both physical security and force protection missions Special treatment is provided on feedback from developmental tests at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, and operational tests at Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna PA,

Subject Categories:

  • Cybernetics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE