Radar is well known for its ability to detect aircraft, ships, vehicles, birds, rain-storms and other above-ground objects. It relies for its operation on the transmission of electro-magnetic energy, usually in the form of a pulse, and the detection of the small amount of energy that is reflected from the target. The round-trip transit time of the pulse and its reflection provide range information on the target.
The application of radar in the detection of buried objects is quite old; there are details of such work dating back to 1910, with the first pulsed experiments reported in 1926 when the depths of rock strata were determined by time-of-flight methods. Equipment implementing this method are called Ground Penetrating Radars (GPRs).
IDS GeoRadar has long been a major player in research into GPR. This pushes dates back to 1991, when, following a request of Telecom Italia, the Italian telecommunications organization, to improve the mapping of subsoil utilities, IDS developed the first multi-frequency, multi-channel array systems which enables the construction of detailed 3D images of large underground areas, dramatically improving utilities detection. Building on this success IDS GeoRadar has become, today, one of the largest global provider of GPR products; during these 30 years of operation IDS GeoRadar developed a set of systems suitable for a wide spectrum of applications, spanning from subsoil deep objects detection to utilities mapping, road and railway assessments, structure investigations etc..
IDS GeoRadar is also continuously committed to investigate alternative radar technologies with the aim to introduce in the market breakthrough products. In 2007 we launched the IBIS product, the first commercial ground based interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar. The interferometric radar products provide a unique solution to the problem of monitoring submillimeter movements in ground or structures, allowing remote, long range, continuous real-time measurement of large areas. Since 2007 IBIS have been successfully adopted for slope stability monitoring of natural landslide and open pit mine operations. IBIS family product is also effectively used for civil structure vibration and deformation analysis. In particular IDS GeoRadar is specialized in advanced technologies for short range radar, including pulse, SFCW, FMCW technologies in the RF, MW and MMW, ultra-wide band technologies, advanced antenna arrays, real-time signal and image processing, target recognition etc.