A smart sensor system that recognizes spatio-temporal sensor patterns of perimeter intrusion by foot, fence and vehicle is currently deployed at Panama City Bay County International Airport in Panama City, Fla., and evaluated by Naval Command.
The sensors were trained to ignore typical fence manipulation (kicking, leaning, shaking) by visitors who gather at end-of-runway fence lines to watch landings and take-offs. However, it alerts if the fence is climbed or if someone attempts to breach the perimeter. Also, the ground sensors ignore the presence of large jets, but alerts for human footsteps in unauthorized areas.
All the sensors slew video cameras to the origin of the intrusion event for threat identification.
No false positives or false negatives were reported by the installed fence sensors for a duration of 45 days of unattended operation, which included several days of seasonal storms.
Another round of tests is scheduled to begin in late February at the new Panama City airport for the purpose of obtaining approval and certification by Naval technology assurance officers to sell the system to the TSA.
The Dallas Fort Worth airport and Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, are also looking to vet the cutting-edge technology.