Radio Frequency (RF) Tomography for Reduction of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Threat

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-M-1550
Agency Tracking Number: F083-145-2455
Amount: $99,434.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF083-145
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Small Business Information
50849 Hawthorne Meadows, South Bend, IN, 46628
DUNS: 828887096
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Anderson
 (937) 478-3744
Business Contact
 Scott Anderson
Title: President
Phone: (937) 478-3744
Research Institution
This proposal address the applicability of the RF tomography concept to the detection of IEDs. In the proposal, RemSense, Inc. presents a clear Phase I path to establishing the RF tomography concept for this use by presenting a preliminary overview of the potential algorithms used for the concept. Further, RemSense has arranged a teaming agreement with FIRST RF corporation to take measurement data during the Phase I effort. BENEFIT: Aside from the obvious benefit that the tactical community, in general, would benefit from a robust method for detecting underground IEDs, the establishment of the RFT concept as an applicable method for detecting and classifying IEDs will promote the concept in general as a viable solution to other tactical scenarios. The added awareness of this concept may initiate further funding of its development to solve many of the practical issues of its deployment, such as automatic calibration of the sensor array to minimize the manual process of setting up the transceivers, pointing them, registering them, etc. This year alone, the Joint Imporovised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) has budgeted $2.57B to defeating IEDs in the battlefield. According to the JIEDDO 2007 annual report, one of the technological challenges to defeating IEDs is in detecting and classifying trip-wires and IED threats underground. These challenges are directly addressed by the RFT concept proposed here.

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