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ESARR: Enhanced Situational Awareness via Road Sign Recognition

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
81609
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-196-1569
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Quantum Signal, LLC
200 N. Ann Arbor St Saline, MI -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: ESARR: Enhanced Situational Awareness via Road Sign Recognition
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W56HZV-09-C-0039
Award Amount: $729,723.00
 

Abstract:

Situational Awareness (SA) systems leveraging Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) have become a mainstay for vehicles, troops, and even unmanned systems (such as unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs)). Unfortunately, in urban, semi-urban or canopied terrain GPS signals can be difficult or impossible to receive consistently. New and alternative tools to enhance situational awareness are needed to fill this gap. Road signs can potentially serve as an alternative to GPS in these environments - by definition; they are designed to provide information related to location. Quantum Signal LLC proposes to develop ESARR: a tool for enhanced situational awareness via road sign recognition. The system will be easy to operate, and will provide enhanced SA to the warfighter by: 1) Capturing & processing road sign images in stills/video & extracting information from them; 2) Relating the extracted information to maps/GIS to ascertain position (i.e. geo-bounding); 3) Efficiently communicating this information back to the soldier in a manner that is timely and informative. The system will be based on a combination of advanced image processing techniques and will be able to perform the road sign reading function robustly under a variety of conditions from video in real-time.

Principal Investigator:

Mitchell M. Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
rohde@quantumsignal.com

Business Contact:

Mitchell M. Rohde
Chief Operating Officer
7349940028
rohde@quantumsignal.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

QUANTUM SIGNAL, LLC
3741 Plaza Drive Suite 1 Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 383456085
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No