Nuclear Science


Security Sciences Field Laboratory

The Security Sciences Field Laboratory (SSFL) is designed to support testing and evaluation of a wide range of intrusion detection, assessment, surveillance, and peripheral physical security equipment including: sensors; cameras; alarm communication and display; power generation; access control; unattended stand-alone, remote communication; unmanned aerial and activated delay systems. At the heart of SSFL is a simulated border region of varied terrain such as open grassy fields, hilly wooded areas, sand pits, lakes and streams that approximate the actual challenges of border and facility applications. A critical facet of this outdoor testing facility is the ability to test systems year-round under the seasonal variations and climatic swings prevalent in east Tennessee. SSFL frequently experiences extreme environmental conditions, including heavy rains, high winds, heavy fog, high humidity, high temperatures, and snow/ice accumulation. These conditions provide realistic evaluations of a system’s interaction with the environment and integration of performance testing data under these varied conditions.

SSFL comprises both interior labs and outdoor testing facilities. A baseline equipment set is maintained, which represents an industry cross-section of detection, assessment, surveillance, infrastructure, and situational awareness equipment. This baseline equipment enables SSFL staff to work on far-reaching projects related to surveillance and security, e.g. hands-on training, data fusion algorithm development, situational awareness enhancement, and computer modeling verification.


  • Long-term outdoor performance testing and analysis
  • Hands-on training courses focused on security technology, testing and evaluation, and sustainability
  • Sensor development
  • Unmanned aerial surveillance research
  • Data fusion and system integration

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