Defense Systems Digest - 28 August 2018

Typical Passive Infrared (PIR) Based Commercial Motion Detector (source: Wikipedia)

Notable Technical Inquiry

What methods are available for defeating passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors?

DSIAC was tasked with researching solutions to detect, counter/spoof, and neutralize commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) passive infrared motion sensors. With the assistance of subject matter experts (SMEs) at...

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