Enhanced Image Capture and Transfer Capability

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$749,929.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-04-C-1725
Agency Tracking Number:
S031-0130
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
DEFENSE RESEARCH ASSOC., INC.
3915 Germany Lane, Suite 102, Beavercreek, OH, 45431
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
044329761
Principal Investigator:
Scott Anderson
Senior Engineer
(937) 431-1644
sanderson@dramail.com
Business Contact:
Ray Trimmer
Executive Vice President
(937) 431-1644
rtrimmer@dramail.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The quality and quantity of information directly available to command authorities is becoming a dominant factor in modern force projection. The demand for information in the form of digital imagery and real time video has exposed the severe bandwidth limitations of current data link resources. This demand is due to the recognition that "tip of the spear," front line data is increasingly important to all command levels, even the National Command Authority (NCA). The ideal solution is to compress the data. Until now, the only compression options have been lossless techniques, which do not compress the data much, and lossy techniques (JPEG being the most common example) which destroy too much critical detail. The DRA Team designed an Enhanced Image Capture and Transfer system that uses a revolutionary compression algorithm to increase the information bandwidth of existing data links by at least 1000%. The tool interfaces with existing sensors and data links. The DRA-UC Team tested an unoptimized, early version on recorded digital video data from a UAV. The algorithm delivered 500% better performance. The DRA-UC Team accomplished this within the SBIR funding profile by leveraging extensive investment in the underlying core compression technology.

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