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Master of Science in Operations Research


Department of Operational Sciences

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James T. Moore, PhD


The purpose of this research was to develop an electronic sensor placement model for border security. A model was developed using Microsoft Excel, with some add-on capabilities, to optimize the placement of electronic sensors on a border network given a pre-determined budgetary constraint. The model is capable of handling multiple sensor types, which are placed together as packages, and allows for daytime, nighttime, or 24 hour operation of each sensor type. Additionally, each sensor can be assigned a specific range and detection probability curve within the given range. The model is capable of optimizing either average coverage, or minimum coverage, across the nodes of a network by selecting the nodes where sensor packages are to be placed. Due to its simplicity and ability to run in Microsoft Excel, it is believed that the model developed in this research can also be used in a number of military applications where border security is necessary.

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