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Through-the-Wall Sensing of Personnel Using Passive Bistatic WiFi Radar at Standoff Distances

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3 Author(s)
Chetty, K. ; Dept. of Security & Crime Sci., Univ. Coll. London, London, UK ; Smith, G.E. ; Woodbridge, K.

In this paper, we investigate the feasibility of uncooperatively and covertly detecting people moving behind walls using passive bistatic WiFi radar at standoff distances. A series of experiments was conducted which involved personnel targets moving inside a building within the coverage area of a WiFi access point. These targets were monitored from outside the building using a 2.4-GHz passive multistatic receiver, and the data were processed offline to yield range and Doppler information. The results presented show the first through-the-wall (TTW) detections of moving personnel using passive WiFi radar. The measured Doppler shifts agree with those predicted by bistatic theory. Further analysis of the data revealed that the system is limited by the signal-to-interference ratio (SIR), and not the signal-to-noise ratio. We have also shown that a new interference suppression technique based on the CLEAN algorithm can improve the SIR by approximately 19 dB. These encouraging initial findings demonstrate the potential for using passive WiFi radar as a low-cost TTW detection sensor with widespread applicability.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 4 )