Sense Trough Obstructions Remote Monitoring System (STORMS)
Top 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) What is STORMS and what is STTW radar?
STORMS is a human life-form detection system based on an advanced penetrating radar. STTW or See-Through-The-Wall radar is a class of penetrating radars that are used to identify targets within buildings and structures.
2) Does STORMS “see” through walls & obstructions? How does STORMS work?
No. No system actually “sees” through walls. STORMS “senses” by transmitting an advanced electromagnetic waveform through walls and other obstructions then receives the return waves that have bounced off of the targets and other materials in its path. STORMS uses the Doppler and Micro Doppler signatures to detect, classify, identify and track moving and stationary human life-form targets behind the walls/obstructions.
3) How far away can the STORMS system sense through walls/obstructions?
That depends on the density of the wall/obstruction. Typically, STORMS has well over 300m of standoff range through most of the world’s standard constructions methods such as wood, brick and/or concrete block. Construction methods with much lower densities like Afghan mud-huts and simple wood construction pose very little challenge for STORMS resulting in much greater standoff capabilities. However, construction methods with dramatically higher densities like bunker-type reinforced concrete provide for shorter, yet still operationally relevant standoff distances.
4) What kind of walls/obstructions can STORMS penetrate?
STORMS has been extensively tested on a number of construction materials, vehicles and types of foliage. STORMS testing was conducted both internally and by government and external independent organizations. All testing was conducted on actual structures and vehicles, not “representative materials” or “stand alone test walls”. STORMS has proven penetration performance on the following:
- Solid reinforced concrete
- Solid high density Adobe
- Reinforced & filled concrete block
- Standard concrete block construction
- Partially TEMPEST protected facilities
- Brick construction
- Stucco construction
- Slump block construction
- Wood with/without Drywall
- Plastic and fiberglass structures
- Mud-hut primitive construction
- Aircraft, cars, trucks, trailers
- Partial metal buildings
- Desert, woodland & jungle foliage
5) What do I see as the system operator?
The STORMS radar systems have a bore-sighted EO/Low light camera and laser range finder to provide contextual data to the system operator. STORMS provides all of its system data to the operator via a customizable graphic user interface (GUI). STORMS GUI has several key components: a video tracking window; a Doppler Radar Map; and the system controls and status indicators. The STORMS GUI can be configured to meet any customer’s requirements and specifications. Below is a picture of a typical video tracking GUI and the Doppler Radar Map: