MAPSANDS, unveiled by USGN on
December 5, 2005 is an autonomous, fully integrated wide area perimeter security
and access denial system. The system uses a series of sensors, including motion
detection radars and audio transducers, to cover wide area perimeters up to
several hundreds of miles wide, including as borders, power plants, seaports,
ships, airports, oil and gas refineries, offshore oil rigs, and other critical
installations. The system can monitor, detect, track, target, warn, establish
intent, deter, and if necessary deliver a response to potential aggressors,
following predetermined rules of engagements.
MAPSANDS is designed to protect
fixed installations, as well as for securing temporary facilities in rapid
deployment scenarios. Such rapid deployment installation was successfully tested
for the first time in November 2005.
The system relies on directional
non-lethal high frequency focused acoustical transducer arrays to challenge
potential intruders with verbal warnings and aversive warning tones. Effective
at a distance in excess of 1000 meters, such response can support determining
potential intruder's intent. The system also uses programmable airburst
munitions delivery system, developed by Vision Technologies System (VTS) to
target and disperse human activity by non-lethal munitions, such as tear gas,
malodorants or pepper spray at ranges in excess of 1500 meters. The employment
of specific countermeasures is subject to the rules of engagements, and can
range from use of markers, disorienting, or disabling munitions.