HRL’s CT2WS Threat-Detection Technology One Step Closer to the Battlefield

CAMP ROBERTS, Calif., December 20, 2012—HRL researchers recently participated in warfighter experiments at Camp Roberts, California, to test and demonstrate one of the military’s newest and most innovative threat detection technologies, the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System, or CT2WS. The week-long event, sponsored by the US Army Research Laboratory’s Unique Mission Cell, involved more than a dozen emerging technologies being investigated for combat use.

A revolutionary technology, CT2WS could bring significant advantages to the warfighter in the battlefield. The unique system combines powerful cognitive/visual algorithms, a 120-degree field-of-view sensor and electroencephalogram (EEG) technology that monitors the brains of users to generate faster and more accurate threat detections. Field tested under a variety of environmental conditions, the HRL technology demonstrated significantly enhanced operational performance.

 “The advantage is that CT2WS catches a large number of visually interesting and potentially threatening activities so that the warfighter can rapidly eliminate false alarms and concentrate on only the highly suspicious activities and real potential threats,” said HRL senior scientist and CT2WS program manager Dr. Deepak Khosla.

Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), CT2WS is being transitioned to the Army’s Night Vision Laboratory.


HRL Laboratories, LLC, Malibu, California ( is a corporate research-and-development laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors specializing in research into sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics. HRL provides custom research and development and performs additional R&D contract services for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.

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