USBV-Inspektor

© Landeskriminalamt Nordrhein-Westfalen
Leaders:  Dipl.-Ing. Christian Wieghardt, M. Sc. Sebastion Kleinschmidt
Year:  2014

As part of the USBV-Inspektor project, L3S develops a multimodal sensor-suite together with the North Rhine-Westphalia State Office of Criminal Investigation, Fraunhofer FHR, ELP GmbH and Hentschel System GmbH. This sensor-suite consists of a millimetre wave scanner, a 3D rangescanner and a high-resolution camera. The system perceives the internal and external geometry and generates high definition images of suspicious objects to support the local action force and collect additional evidence.

Motivation

Suitcases, bags or backpacks left lying around unsupervised are part of daily life. Even most abandoned luggage items turn out to be harmless, they can be the cause for a large-scale police operation. The objective of the USBV-Inspektor project is to develop a sensor-suite, which can be mounted on the end effector of a remotely operated robot to enable local forces to inspect suspicious objects without placing themselves in danger. The operator remotely controls the robot from a save distance to get a 3D visualization of the environment. Furthermore, the data of the sensor-suite can be used to preserve evidence for criminal proceedings and to facilitate threat assessment of suspicious items by providing additional 3D information of the crime scene and the content of the object.