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Detection, Tracking, and Classification of Dismounts

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Signal Innovations Group, Inc.
4721 Emperor Blvd. Suite 330 Durham, NC 27703-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Detection, Tracking, and Classification of Dismounts
Agency: DOD
Contract: W909MY-11-C-0048
Award Amount: $99,285.00


Situational awareness is paramount when conducting operations in potentially hostile terrain. Vehicle operators must focus on multiple tasks simultaneously: navigation, collision avoidance, location of possible IED threats, and identification of dismount threats. Fatigue and distractions affect performance when mission lengths extend over long periods of time. Automated sensor systems offer the opportunity to perform dismount threat monitoring to reduce the surveillance burden of vehicle operators and to maintain a consistent level of performance over time. In particular, video sensor configurations can be employed to monitor 360 degrees around a vehicle. The automation of the video sensors to reliably identify dismount threats and accurately cue the operator to the identified threat in a display is the focus of the proposed program. To accomplish this, automated systems is proposed to detect dismounts in varying environments and dismount densities. Dismounts will be tracked as they move through the camera field of view to cue the operator to the particular dismount of interest. Finally, each dismount will be classified as to their threat level. Threat level in is predefined as having an observable weapon, such as a rifle or a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

Principal Investigator:

Chris Lunsford
Engineering Technical Lead
(919) 323-3407

Business Contact:

Samantha Venters
VP Finance
(919) 323-3449
Small Business Information at Submission:

Signal Innovations Group, Inc.
1009 Slater Rd. Suite 200 Durham, NC -

EIN/Tax ID: 201104360
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No