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RF Sensing of Personnel in Wooded Areas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00037
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-001-0008-I
Amount: $99,927.85
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB013.1-001
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009
Solicitation Year: 2013
Award Year: 2013
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2013-05-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-10-31
Small Business Information
16516 Via Esprillo Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92127-1728
United States
DUNS: 002887102
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Cenk Kose
 Systems Engineer - Staff
 (858) 753-1632
Business Contact
 James Loiselle
Title: Senior Contracts Manager
Phone: (858) 753-1622
Research Institution

Perhaps because it is the world's longest undefended border, smuggling is endemic across the our northern frontier with Canada. Since a 5,525 mile border cannot be effectively patrolled on foot, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must rely on technology to detect and track smugglers. Radio tomographic imaging (RTI) is an emerging device-free passive (DfP) localization technology that could aid in this effort. RTI employs a dense network of RF sensors, each of which broadcasts probe messages and records received signal strength (RSS) data. As an object passes through the sensor field, RSS measurement changes are used to detect its presence and track its movement.

In Phase I of the proposed program, TrellisWare will design both the sensor network and localization components of a complete personnel detection/tracking system. Our proposed program culminates with a live demonstration of the developed technology in a wooded environment running on existing sensor network hardware. In a potential Phase II follow-on program, TrellisWare would prototype sufficient hardware to enable larger-scale testing (e.g., a 1 km x 250 m forested area). By leveraging military sensor network products that already meets most mission requirements, TrellisWare can provide the Department of Homeland Security with the most "bang for the buck" in the development of a personnel detection and tracking sensor network to help secure our northern border.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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