Covert Micro-Reflector Tag System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$498,878.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-03-C-0418
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2003
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
N023-0047
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc.
2750 Indian Ripple Rd., Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
130020209
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Hood
 Chief Scientist-Materials
 (937) 320-1877
 hoodpj@crgrp.net
Business Contact
 Patrick Hood
Title: President
Phone: (937) 320-1877
Email: hoodpj@crgrp.net
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF ROCHESTER
 Donna Galloway
 Ofc of Research & Proj Admin, 5th Floor Hylan Buil
Rochester, NY, 14627
 (585) 275-1502
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Cornerstone Research Group, Inc., proposes to develop and demonstrate a full scale, operationally relevant prototype covert marking system based on dust-sized micro-reflector tags. Composed of a material with unique reflectance signatures not visible tothe naked eye, these tags will be coupled with a highly portable imaging sensor capable of uniquely distinguishing tags from the background in the tactical environment. Phase II effort will optimize the tag material, scale up the tag fabricationprocesses, and develop a full-function sensor subsystem at the brassboard level of design maturity. Employing these elements as an integrated system, a demonstration under controlled field conditions will provide data yielding a high confidence projectionof the characteristics and performance of a fielded operational covert micro-reflector tag system. Operational Benefits:(1) Provides real-time covert sensing of adversaries or suspects hidden among friendly or neutral populations or camouflaged in the environment;(2) Provides real-time covert tracking of activity patterns of people or vehicles traversing terrain;(3) Capable of supporting tactical combat operations in daylight or night time, compatible with Night Vision Goggles (NVG) for night-time operation;(4) Low acquisition cost and simple, low cost operation.Commercial Applications: (1) All military components' ground combat units;(2) Law enforcement at federal, state and local levels;(3) Private investigations and surveillance;(4) Wildlife and livestock management.

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