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Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking

Award Information

Department of Defense
Air Force
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF 09-132
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-10-M-1795
Award Amount: $99,998.00


Evolving threats of modern warfare have placed new demands on the development and delivery of robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. As such, recent development has focused on sensor systems that provide wide field of view persistent surveillance (WFVPS) technologies. Aret, Associates proposes to leverage its demonstrated expertise in real-time, physics-based image processing and statistical approach to faint target tracking to develop a suite of automatic algorithms designed to improve detection and tracking of low contrast, pixel size targets in multi-frame nighttime infrared imagery. Central to our proposed solution is the application of a unique Bayesian field approach to faint target detection and tracking. BENEFIT: A successful phase I/II will allow Aret, to develop advanced software libraries that can be tailored to a variety of sensor systems for enhanced detection and tracking missions. Several current and future ISR&T systems could be enhanced by Aret, algorithms such as ARGUS-IR and Tailwind are current DoD programs that desire beyond state of the art detection and tracking. Homeland Security and local law enforcement would greatly benefit from a wide area day/night sensor that can detect dismounts in difficult environmental and cultural conditions. The Department of Homeland Security could use the algorithms developed here to enhance the nation's saftey by detecting illegal border crossings over large areas.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Dobson
Staff Scientist

Business Contact:

Curt Harkless
Executive Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA 91396

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No