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Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607 Winnetka, CA 91396-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Wide Area Unresolved Target Detection and Tracking
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-C-1012
Award Amount: $745,624.00


The evolving threats of modern warfare have placed new demands on the development and delivery of robust intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions. Arete proposes an operational solution to the challenging problem of automatically detecting and tracking low-contrast dismounted targets in large format MWIR imagery. The proposed solution will transition the successful Phase I algorithms into a real-time capable demonstration system that meets tracking performance requirements. The algorithms developed during Phase I are well-suited for implementation on a graphics processing unit (GPU), which will make feasible a real-time system. Utilizing existing real-time GPU processing libraries will enable rapid development of this complex system. BENEFIT: Precision real-time geo-registration and dim target detection and tracking technology will satisfy growing needs in both the defense and law enforcement markets. Additionally, there is a need in all markets (government and commercial) for robust GPU image processing libraries. Additional Phase II results of value include vastly improved detection performance for wide area surveillance systems and the advancement of algorithms needed to successfully identify and mitigate sources of false alarms in dense clutter environments.

Principal Investigator:

Scott Dobson
Staff Scientist
(818) 885-2251

Business Contact:

Dave Campion
Vice President
(818) 885-2224
Small Business Information at Submission:

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

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