Heartbeat – Human Detection System

Illegal immigration continues to remain a serious problem, putting severe strain on customs and immigration as well as police, prison authorities, and freight operators.

intelsec’s Heartbeat Detection System was developed to provide a unique and virtually unbeatable method of detection. The elegantly simple solution relies on the fact that everyone has a heartbeat! By utilising extremely sensitive geophones (seismic sensors), and digital signalling software, it was found that the beat of a human heart could be detected through the chassis of a vehicle, whether empty or laden. The system is so sensitive that when suitably tuned it can detect the presence of a mouse!

Heartbeat attached to a container - Dover, UK.
Border control officers attaching Heartbeat.

Non-expert personnel can carry out checks, swiftly and accurately. The appropriate number of geophones are placed externally on the vehicle and attached to a ruggedised, touchscreen PC. Once activated a pass or fail signal is given within 30 seconds. The system is now in use at many European ports, border crossings and secure establishments.

Applications Include

  • Inland Borders
  • Co-Generation Plants
  • Sea-Crossing Points of Entry
  • Prisons
  • Low/Med/High/Max Security and Correction Facilities
  • Nuclear Facilities
  • Trains, Aeroplanes and Shipping
  • Vertical Car Parks (for liability issues)
Heartbeat in use at the port of Calais, France.
Heartbeat program on a laptop carrying out a search

Technical Specification

  • Ruggedised Computer
  • Sensors
  • Touch screen flat panel display
  • Ruggedised seismic sensors
  • NEMA 4, front panel
  • Wall mounted NEMA Cabinet (optional)
  • Windows software
  • All-Weather Connectors
  • Vehicle database software
  • Power supply AC 85V–264V @ 47–63 Hz

Vehicle Search Procedure on Arrival

  • Engine off, any compressors off, driver leaves vehicle.
  • The sensors are placed on the vehicle.
  • The appropriate vehicle type icon is pressed and the system carries out the search process, indicating PASS or SEARCH.
Heartbeat in use at the port of Calais, France.

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