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Infrared and Optical Wilderness Location and Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT18C00000009
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-001-0002-II
Amount: $998,996.15
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB017.1-001
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-17-R- 00010
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-06-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-09
Small Business Information
21041 S. Western Ave. 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1727
United States
DUNS: 080921977
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Juan Hodelin
 Vice-President and General Manager, ARS
 (310) 320-1827
Business Contact
 Gerrit Vanden Brink
Phone: (310) 320-1827
Research Institution

To address the DHS need for providing U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents with an innovative agent-portable device to augment situational awareness in
low light/adverse conditions, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes, in Phase II, to advance the new Infrared and Optical Wilderness Location and Surveillance (IROWL) system proven feasible in Phase I. IROWL is based on the unique integration of a handheld spotting device, display, and
compact multispectral zoom optics. This lightweight handheld device includes surveillance optics, infrared sensors, and display electronics to enable
Border Patrol Agents to detect, identify, recognize, and track humans while on the move under low-light and adverse conditions. The onboard
computing software supports real-time image stabilization, image enhancement, and via integrated components enables computation of target
coordinates, making it a complete system. In Phase I, POC demonstrated the feasibility of IROWL by design, modeling, assembly, and testing of a
preliminary prototype at TRL-4. Working with input from Border Patrol Agents, we plan to define and describe usage scenarios for IROWL,
providing a robust starting point for proposed Phase II field testing and demonstration. In Phase II, POC will build a functional prototype for testing
and demonstration with Border Patrol. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and
commercial sectors by improving Border Patrol's ability to safely and effectively monitor U.S. borders. Commercial applications for this technology
include geolocation, spotting, and tracking on wilderness terrain for professional and recreational pursuits.

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