Design and Test Results of AMIGO: A Novel Remote Ground Sensor System


  1. Laou, P.
  2. Durand, L.
  3. Comeau, D.
  4. Alain, D.
  5. Pelletier, J.
  6. Lalonde, L.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);AEREX Avionics Inc, Breakeyville QUE (CAN)
The objectives of the project AMIGO (Autonomous MIcrosystems for Ground Observation) are to explore technologies applicable to unattended ground sensor (UGS) systems and to develop a proof-of-concept, next-generation, low-cost, compact UGS suite that can provide the CF with real-time situational awareness from remote locations. Four prototype AMIGO units were designed, built and tested at DRDC Valcartier. Each AMIGO unit was equipped with passive infrared (PIR) motion sensor, acoustic sensor, uncooled infrared (IR) imager (installed in two of the four), electronic compass, global positioning system (GPS), and spread spectrum wireless transceiver. The physical characteristics of AMIGO are 150 by 85 by 75 mm in size and ~800 grams in weight without batteries. Three types of battery can be used depending on mission life requirement, with battery life between 20 and 333 hours. With the PIR and acoustic sensors, AMIGO can detect a human-size moving target at a maximum standoff distance of 10 m and a vehicle target with engine running at a maximum standoff distance of 20 m. The IR imager allows detection and recognition of vehicle targets at 300 m and 165 m, and for human targets, at 220 m and 135 m, respectively. The AMIGO unit was configured for multipoint-to-point communication (several AMIGO units to one base station). IR images and other information are transmitted wirelessly to the base station upon triggering by PIR or acoustic sensor. The range of the reliable wireless link

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Unattended Ground Sensors;Remote Ground Sensors;Uncooled Infrared Imagers;AMIGO (Autonomous MIcrosystems for Ground Observation)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2005-272 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 2007
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