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Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP)

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-006-0006-II
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB012.1-006
Solicitation Number:
DHSSBIR-2012.1
Small Business Information
Robotic Research LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD 20878-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP)
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00021
Award Amount: $693,232.17
 

Abstract:

Sensor-smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP) is developing low cost autonomous robotic platforms to perform searching, mapping, and navigation tasks with minimal operator interaction. These inexpensive robotic platforms can quickly be deployed by first responders to provide a wide range of capabilities for a variety of missions; search and rescue, carrying sensors to determine environmental conditions (chemical, biological, radiological, oxygen levels, explosive detection, heat level), 2D and 3D mapping, and overall situational awareness for firefighters, law enforcement, and command center coordinators. Because there may be disruptions in communications, especially when working in and around collapsed structures, inside buildings, or tunnels, and also a limited number of personal to operate robotic assets, the system must have autonomous capabilities, be communications resilient and work in both GPS and GPS-denied areas. Robotic Research, LLC's previously developed autonomous mobility package for use with multiple robotic platforms provides autonomy, however must be modified to meet the low cost requirement. High cost sensors that allow for autonomous functionality, are the main obstacles to low cost. SAARP is focused on an alternative sensor head that uses structure light. The result will be a demonstration of a low cost, small, autonomous ground robotic platform.

Principal Investigator:

Alberto Lacaze
lacaze@roboticresearch.com

Business Contact:

Alberto Lacaze
lacaze@roboticresearch.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Robotic Research, LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 300 Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1426

EIN/Tax ID: 270030984
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No