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Universal Imaging Sensor: Robotic Broadband Night Vision Camera

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
83219
Program Year/Program:
2007 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
07ST1-0099
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
B & W TEK INC.
#19 Shea Way Suite 301 Newark, DE -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Universal Imaging Sensor: Robotic Broadband Night Vision Camera
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0297
Award Amount: $98,986.00
 

Abstract:

Imaging sensors are a crucial component of modern defense. The ideal sensor has acute visual sensing capabilities and communicates instantly when threats are identified. It should also have night vision capabilities and cover a broadband spectral range including near ultraviolet and infrared. A robotic broadband night vision camera is highly desirable. Such a robotic broadband low-light-level camera is feasible today. We propose to integrate a broadband semiconductor image intensifier with night vision sensitivity with a commercial-off-the-shelf camera cellular phone, and modify the cell phone circuitry and program it with image recognition and compression algorithms developed by Galaxy Scientific, whose image compression products have been installed on United States Navy 3rd Fleet and seen action in the Persian Gulf in support of Middle Eastern military campaign. Such an autonomous system will combine night vision sensitivities and the broadband ultra-violet, visible and near infrared coverage over 200 - 1650 nm with the light weight, small size and low cost of the commercial camera cell phone. Phase I will see the proof of concept. Phase II will see the integration of the proposed camera into a robotic image requisition, recognition, compression and transmission system for evaluation at DoD laboratories.

Principal Investigator:

Jie Yao
Principal Scientist
3023687824
jiey@bwtek.com

Business Contact:

Sean X. Wang
CTO
3023687824
swang@bwtek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

B & W TEK, INC.
#19 Shea Way Suite 301 Newark, DE 19713

EIN/Tax ID: 522008647
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
PRINCETON UNIV.
Office of Research&Project Adm
P.O. Box 36, 4 New South Bldg.
Princeton, NJ 8544
Contact: Michelle Christy
Contact Phone: (609) 256-3090
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university