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A Range and Resolution Improvement System - ARRIS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: H92222-15-P-0043
Agency Tracking Number: S151-004-0005
Amount: $145,971.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM15-004
Solicitation Number: 2015.1
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-02-06
Small Business Information
8701 Raindrop Road
Knoxville, TN 37923-6760
United States
DUNS: 833008977
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Besma Abidi
 (865) 705-5171
Business Contact
 Besma Abidi
Title: USSOCOM SBIR Program Manager
Phone: (865) 705-5171
Research Institution

Phelps2020 proposes a low SWaP solution, ARRIS, to the improvement of the range and resolution of the MX-15 turret so they equal or exceed the capabilities of the MX-20 turret. We chose to keep the MX-15 turret untouched and append to it a low SWaP accelerated processor that performs real-time FMV enhancement. A multi-layer software application addresses illumination, weather, and environmental limitations to allow clearer imagery. It then improves noisy and blurred data, followed by increase in resolution, therefore expanding the viewing range without altering the sensors or optics of the turret. Novel enhancement, deblurring, and superresolution methods are applied. The overall multi-layer algorithm is made fully unattended via the use of cleverly designed quality metrics. An overall quality metric, that correlates with the NIIRS scale, is used to match the capabilities of the MX-15 to the MX-20 turret. The resulting software is embedded in a low SWaP hardware board, that is based on SoC of FPGAs, GPUs, and/or CPUs, allowing for real-time unattended on-board range and resolution enhancement, and interpretability improvement as measured by the NIIRS.

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