Unattended Ground Sensors Use Case

McQ is a major supplier of Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS). McQ has provided sensors to the military that have been deployed in every Combatant Command around the world. These sensors have successfully performed over many years with excellent reliability in hostile hot and cold environments. McQ is supplying advanced technology sensors to U.S. SOCOM, the Navy, the Army, the Air Force and the Marine Corps. McQ is supplying sensor systems to the Department of Energy for protecting sensitive nuclear facilities, to the Department of Homeland Security for border protection and Secret Service for protecting high level Government officials, U.S. Department of Justice investigative agencies and international military and law enforcement agencies

McQ has been the world technology leader developing unattended ground sensor systems for over 25 years. McQ broke important new technology ground in the early 2000s developing new capabilities in response to the need for sensor systems to detect targets in the Mid East conflicts. At that time the unattended sensors were technologies developed during the Vietnam War. These sensors were single sensor type units that had simple detection processing producing both false alarms and missed target detections. They used old VHF point to point terrestrial data radios. McQ completely changed this state of the art by bringing together a major group of technologies into an OmniSense® product sensor system. McQ combined multiple types of sensors (GPS location, Passive infrared, Seismic, Acoustic, Magnetic and Day/Night Cameras) into one sensor unit. McQ introduced sophisticated digital processing technology to detect, classify, locate, identify and send target pictures. Very importantly this fusion of sensor types and the digital processing virtually eliminated false target alarms while providing nearly 100% target detection probability. Also important was all this information was integrated together by a McQ Common Data Interchange Format (CDIF) data protocol that enabled Internet Protocol network communications. The point to point terrestrial communications were replaced with satellite global network communications provided by a new Iridium low earth orbit satellite constellation. Now target detection information was received immediately at Command and Intelligence Centers around the world. This enabled rapid target engagement by ground forces and airborne drones facilitating new warfighting tactics.

McQ continued the introduction of significant technology advances over the past 25 years to further advance the capabilities and features of these sensor systems. The early sensor systems were the size of a shoe box driven by the battery size to provide long operational life. McQ in 2008 dramatically reduced the size of the sensor battery operated unit to a size equivalent to a pocket camera. This new iScout® sensor product had the same multi sensor types and even more advanced digital signal processing using new very advanced micro processor that were small and importantly used greatly less power to operate. These sensors were developed to meet the requirement the military needed for soldiers to be able to carry a bunch of sensors in their backpack to provide personnel protection as they carried out their mission. McQ again pushed the state of the art in unattended sensors in 2018 developing a new McQ RANGER® sensor the size of a deck of cards with even more advanced capabilities and detection performance. These McQ RANGER® sensors are now very small and outperform the previous generations by tracking the targets in addition to detection, location, classification, and identification. They use microscopic electronics components with another huge reduction in power consumption resulting in an internal rechargeable battery with months of operational life recharged by placing the sensor on a charging platter the same as cell phones. The McQ RANGER® sensor can also be airdropped by small drones and the sensor automatically turns itself on and immediately communicates over the new Iridium global satellite communications constellation providing target information to troops on the ground and at the same time to new Multi Domain Operations Centers that can initiate an immediate engagement of targets anywhere in the world, Once more enabling advances in military capabilities.