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Passive Broadband Acoustic Imaging Network for Urban Warfare

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
68739
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
03SB2-0344
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
AETC, INC.
8910 University Center Lane Suite 900 San Diego, CA 92122 0101
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Passive Broadband Acoustic Imaging Network for Urban Warfare
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R103
Award Amount: $99,000.00
 

Abstract:

The current situation in Iraq is making it extremely clear that the urban environment is a chaotic and dangerous battlespace. Currently available technology cannot provide the level of real-time situational awareness needed by each individual soldier. DARPA has determined that Sparse Conformal Acoustic Network (SCAN) technology, or soldier-worn acoustic-array "vests," is a potential solution to this problem. AETC proposes to utilize its expertise in this area to demonstrate the utility, practicality, and affordability of the SCAN concept. The proposed work focuses on the development of a low-cost, high-gain acoustic array and associated algorithms that will improve the ability to hear and recognize distant sounds by an order-of-magnitude. This will be an important advance over today's state-of-the-art that is limited to small microphone arrays of only a few sensors, and processing designed for sound-quality enhancement and automatic speech recognition. Our approach emphasizes experimental measurements of the critical unknowns effecting design and performance of SCAN, and on actual demonstration of limited capability, low-cost prototypes. The final product will be a preliminary system design and experimental demonstration of feasibility and performance.

Principal Investigator:

Donald Miklovic
Vice President
8584501211
dmiklovic@sd.aetc.com

Business Contact:

Steven P. Sands
Chief Financial Officer
8584501211
ssands@sd.aetc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

AETC, INC.
8910 University Center Lane, Suite 900 San Diego, CA 92122

EIN/Tax ID: 330572872
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No