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A Novel Sensor for Concealed Object Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC050020
Agency Tracking Number: 0421180
Amount: $99,816.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
17152 Armstrong Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Lawrence Klein
 Principal Investigator
 (949) 253-4019
Business Contact
 Josh Hayes
Phone: (949) 253-4019
Research Institution

Building on previous and ongoing research in concealed object detection (COD), WaveBand Corporation (WaveBand) proposes a novel approach specifically aimed at extended range of detection with a goal of up to 50 meters. Among various sensors tested and proposed to date, those working in the millimeter wave (MMW) spectral region have been proven to have the unique characteristics of providing adequate clothing penetration while attaining acceptable spatial resolution at a distance. The Phase I research effort will focus on the demonstration of the feasibility of the proposed approach through both prototype design and characterization as well as critical experimental demonstration of the system principle. The prototype of the system built in Phase II is expected to provide a detection range superior to all known COD systems while operating with minimal latency, regardless of atmospheric conditions, illumination, indoor or outdoor settings. Detection and rough classification functions are expected to be automated with minimal operator supervision needed. Utilizing mostly commercially available components, we expect the system to be affordable, even in low quantity production.

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