Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Scalable Compact Wireless Multi-Sensor System for Military Vehicle

About this position

Military operation is often vehicle based. These vehicles tend to produce a disturbance in the environment due to their own construction and activity (e.g., Acoustic, seismic, electromagnetic and magnetic disturbances) or because of activities that are related to the use of these vehicles (e.g., communication transmitters or deployed vehicles). Part of these activities could present a threat because they are indicators of presence when detected by adversaries even when efforts are made to mitigate or even avoid detection (e.g., sound, and light discipline). The implementation of a multi-sensor system for detecting the disturbances cause by these military vehicles on land could enhance the situational awareness of military personnel and provide inside in the potential threats that could arise from own activities even when the disturbances are not or less noticeable. In this project, we suggest the implementation of a scalable compact wireless multi-sensor ad-hoc network-based system for the detection of disturbances caused by military activity on land.

What will be your role?

In this project, a multi-sensor system will be developed that includes several types of sensors such as acoustic sensors, seismic sensors, and magnetometers, in combination with means for localization purposes. These sensors will be combined into a single compact detector pod. The following research questions are addressed:

  • Develop a scalable compact wireless multi-sensor ad-hoc network-based system for the detection of disturbances caused by military activity on land;
  • Address the risks involved with wireless communication and assess possible solutions;
  • Develop an algorithm to display the activities that can be detected from the sensor data collected;
  • Provide a GUI for presenting streamed data and detection results.
  • Demonstrate the visibility of presence of material and personnel due to measurable multi-signatures and enhance the situational awareness for military personnel in the field.

What we expect from you

Solid background in electrical engineering, embedded systems and programming skills. Affinity with signal processing, physics and hardware design. Good proficiency in the English language.

This internship or graduate program requires a Certificate of No Objection (VGB-C) from the AIVD after conducting a security screening. Be aware of the process duration of such a screening, which is approximately 8-10 weeks.

For more information, visit the AIVD website.

What you'll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Read more about security screening on the AIVD website.

Students must reside in the Netherlands before the start and also throughout the internship or graduation project at TNO.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

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