2004 IEEE Radar Conference

Innovative Radar Technologies - Expanding System Capabilities

 April 26-29, 2004 Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Poster 1.1
Low-cost radar surveillance of inland waterways for homeland security applications

Peter Weber - Sicom Systems Ltd., Tim J. Nohara - Sicom Systems Ltd., Al Premji - Sicom Systems Ltd., Carl Krasnor - Sicom Systems Ltd.

Tue, 27 April 2004, 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM


Low-cost radar systems have been developed for homeland security missions. These detect and track small maneuvering craft in the water. The systems consist of a conventional marine radar, a capture card that digitizes the radar signals, and a computer that processes them. We have an experimental system that can monitor western Lake Ontario. It runs in real time, with operator controls, and can store captured radar video. The achieved detection and tracking is demonstrated with recorded datasets. The combination of lower thresholds plus a sophisticated multi-target tracker gives excellent performance.


Mr. Peter Weber - Sicom Systems Ltd.

Peter Weber is a Principal Engineer at Sicom Systems Ltd. He received his B.Eng (1980) and M.Eng (1983) degrees from McMaster University in Electrical Engineering. His research interests are in the design, simulation and assessment of systems, algorithms and signal processing, as applied to radar, sonar, communications and ultrasound.

Dr Tim J. Nohara - Sicom Systems Ltd.

Tim J. Nohara received the B.Eng degree from McMaster University in 1985, followed by the M.Eng and Ph.D degrees in 1987 and 1991, respectively, all in Electrical Engineering. He is the founding President of Sicom Systems Ltd., is a licenced professional engineer in Ontario, Canada, and is a member of the IEEE. His research interests are in the areas of signal and image processing applied to advanced radar, communications, and biomedical problems. He is the author of numerous technical publications, reports and patents.

Dr Al Premji - Sicom Systems Ltd.

Al Premji received the B.Eng (1979), M.Eng, and Ph.D (1987) degrees from McMaster University, all in Electrical Engineering. He is a Principal Engineer at Sicom Systems Ltd. His research interests include signal and data processing for radar, communications, and ultrasound.

Mr. Carl Krasnor - Sicom Systems Ltd.

Carl Krasnor obtained both a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration in Management of Innovation from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He worked for ten years at the Communications Research Laboratory at McMaster University as a research engineer and project leader developing advanced radar technology in a university-industry partnership environment. For eight years, Carl worked on developing commercial value from advanced technology. This involved building university-industry research partnerships, facilitating technology transfer and commercializing technology, first as the Industrial Partnerships Officer for Brock University and then as the Business Development Officer ( IT and Telecom) for the University of Toronto. Carl took part in the planning of the Exceler@tor (University of Toronto?s IT/telecom incubator) and worked during its initial operations as Manager of Exceler@tor Programs. Carl is presently the Business & Corporate Development Manager for Sicom Systems Ltd., an engineering company based in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada, that provides advanced products and R&D services in the fields of radar, communication and biomedical systems.

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