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Smart Chart AIS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D11PC20131
Agency Tracking Number: 1111065
Amount: $149,732.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB011.1-001
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-05-25
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2012-03-30
Small Business Information
14 Maine Street - PMB 41 Fort Andross - Suite 306
Brunswick, ME 04011-2545
United States
DUNS: 150900033
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Charles Benton
 cbenton@tsinc.com
Business Contact
 Maxwell Fletcher
Phone: (207) 798-4646
Email: mfletcher@tsinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The ability to track small vessels is critical to national security, but not easily accomplished due to the sheer volume of craft and the
range of environments which they operate within. The introduction of smart-phones with location, orientation, camera, and Internet
capabilities is enabling collaborative applications that have strong locative potential. These devices are capable of acting as basic
Electronic Chart Systems (ECSs), along with providing additional nautical services such as weather forecasts, electronic text
chat/VOIP, and so forth. Smart Chart AIS will result in smart-phone based ECS capabilities that can be distributed for free to the small
craft community. The only obligation of end users will be to register with a DHS hosted server and to enable broadcast of AIS-like
data. This will enable tracking of many small craft through cloud based servers. A second level of Non-cooperative Vessel Imaging
and Tracking (NVIT) is also proposed, this will process multi sensor data and generate an AIS like surrogate output. The
infrastructure and capabilities of Smart Chart AIS present a strong opportunity for commercial growth. The locative and networked
nature of Smart Chart AIS will enable user-specific fee-based advertising for marine and related services, along with fee-based value
added capabilities.

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