Intelligent Mobile Sensor Barrier (IMSB) for Persistent Littoral Surveillance and Tracking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-10-C-4154
Agency Tracking Number: N071-096-0941
Amount: $499,951.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: N07-096
Solitcitation Number: 2007.1
Small Business Information
Scientific Systems Company, Inc
500 West Cummings Park - Ste 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
Duns: 859244204
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Mads Schmidt
 Lead Systems Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
 Mads.Schmidt@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Jay Miselis
Title: Corporate Controller
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
One of the U.S. Southern Command’s (US SOUTHCOM) principal missions is to detect and monitor the movement of illegal drugs and to support interdiction efforts by U.S. and participating nation law enforcement agencies. Recently, the interdiction challenge has increased with the advent of the self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vehicle as a craft of choice for illegal drug trafficking on the open seas. Of an estimated 85 SPSS that operated in this region in 2008, only 15 were seized. US SOUTHCOM, the U.S. Coast Guard, and national law enforcement agencies consider the SPSS a serious threat to regional security. To address this threat, this program will design, implement, and deploy the Intelligent Mobile Sensor Barrier (IMSB) system, a persistent, at-sea surveillance system to autonomously detect, monitor and support interdiction of SPSSs. The IMSB Sensor Array will consist of multiple, heterogeneous, networked, long-endurance autonomous USVs with mounted sensors, coordinated to responsively execute the assigned mission. The proposed work is the first phase of a 3 phase program to deploy 12 IMSB nodes in an operationally relevant environment in 24 months. The program will be primed by Scientific Systems Company. Team-members include Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Liquid Robotics, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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