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Spectral Assisted Moving Vehicle Tracking

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / STTR
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Small Business Information
P.O. Box 15278 Honolulu, HI 96830
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Spectral Assisted Moving Vehicle Tracking
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86413
Award Amount: $99,930.00


The detection of activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction requires a capability of the automatic tracking of moving vehicles from an overhead platform. Current approaches rely on spatial-temporal characteristics coupled with moving object maps and tracking techniques. If the vehicle can be continually tracked, these techniques will work well. However, due to gaps in coverage, temporal tracking procedures can fall short of their goal, and additional characteristics that can uniquely identify a target vehicle must be considered. This project will investigate methods where the spectral observable of the moving vehicles can be used to improve the efficacy of tracking. Phase I focuses on understanding the phenomena associated with the spectral observables of vehicles for day/night longwave infrared (8 to 13 um) and day-only visible/near-infrared/shortwave-infrared (0.5 to 2.4 um) observation. Data will be collected in both spectral bands, and algorithms will be developed that can distinguish one vehicle from another by their spectral/thermal characteristics. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: There is a direct public benefit from the implementation of a general area surveillance program. This has application to the monitoring of foreign war zones or the tracking of suspicious vehicles that could lead U.S. Forces to a hidden terrorist base. There are also applications to the problem of tracking small boat in harbors or coastal waters and to the application of the police of following a vehicle in traffic.

Principal Investigator:

Edwin Winter

Business Contact:

Edwin Winter
Dr. Winter
Small Business Information at Submission:

Technical Research Associates, Inc.
3602 Woodlawn Drive Suite 149 Honolulu, HI 96822

EIN/Tax ID: 953685902
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Los Alamos National Laboratory
R&D Threat Reduction Directora
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Contact: Paul G. Weber
Contact Phone: (505) 667-5776
RI Type: Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)