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Sensor Suite and Signal Processing for a Southern Border Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCH060115
Agency Tracking Number: SBAassignedDHS06-5
Amount: $99,960.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
755 North Mary Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Clark
 Staff Scientist
 (408) 830-3300
Business Contact
 Charles Rino
Title: Vice President
Phone: (408) 830-3318
Research Institution

Vista Research will develop and demonstrate the feasibility of an automated, integrated, and real-time sensor suite and a highly innovative approach to signal processing for a Southern Border surveillance system. Sophisticated algorithms enable the use of low-cost, COTS and GOTS sensors by shifting the surveillance burden from sensors to IBM CELL supercomputing technology. Our specific surveillance system uses tower-mounted, low-cost Radars and visible EO and LWIR sensors for automated, real-time, 360-degree, 24-h coverage. The wide area radar surveillance system will detect and track people and vehicles automatically at distances up to 12 km from the border and cue EO/IR sensors for high-resolution classification at distances up to 3 km. Vista¿s automated, real-time, Radar tracking algorithms provide powerful discrimination against false alarms, and enable effective operations in inclement weather. EO/IR sensors, which allow day/night operations, are automated and integrated with the radar, and enable stand-alone surveillance detection, tracking, and classification. Real-time, streaming LWIR and color images are presented to an operator for each suspected illegal person or vehicle for confirmation before deploying resources to an apprehension point. A low-cost tracker UAV can be launched to confirm classification and support apprehension.

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