Patent Number: 6,806,821

Title: Apparatus and method for rapid detection of objects with time domain impulsive signals

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for detecting objects of interest in a target area using ultra wide band (UWB) RF signals. A transmitter and antenna array generate ultra wide band RF impulsive signals that are used to probe a target area that may include an object of interest. An antenna and a signal processor receive return signals from the target area and process the return signal to generate a set of coordinates. The coordinates of the processed return signals are compared to coordinates of known objects in a pre-existing database to determine whether there is a match between the return signal and a known object. When there is an indication of a match, the existence of the known object is displayed to an operator of the system.

Inventors: McLemore; Donald P. (Albuquerque, NM)

Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.

International Classification: G01S 13/02 (20060101); G01S 13/04 (20060101); G01S 13/00 (20060101); G01S 7/02 (20060101); G01S 7/41 (20060101); G01S 013/04 (); G01S 013/88 ()

Expiration Date: 10/12016