Digital Television Exploitation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: DAAH01-03-C-R093
Agency Tracking Number: A012-2391
Amount: $729,773.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
7150 Riverwood Dr., Columbia, MD, 21046
DUNS: 118849145
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Pankaj Topiwala
 President/CEO
 (301) 442-6063
 pnt@fastvdo.com
Business Contact
 Pankaj Topiwala
Title: President/CEO
Phone: (301) 442-6063
Email: pnt@fastvdo.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Transmitting voluminous video signals over channels orders of magnitude lower in data rate thus requires the latest advances in compression technology as a fundamental enabler. This is especially true for communications over wireless links that oftensupport data rates as low as 16 kbps - one needs more than 50,000:1 compression! In our experience, no proprietary solution is competitive with the latest standards technology, H.26L, in scientific evaluations. It is also desirable to use standards-basedsolutions due to the vital interoperability issues, as well as the availability of low-cost, reliable COTS components. As we demonstrate, no existing video coding standard can adequately meet the needs of this program. We rely, therefore, on the latesttechnology in development. With the emerging H.26L standard - our solution, we offer 3-4:1 better than MPEG-2 - a breakthrough. The challenge is to map the latest research into COTS components, negotiating real cost/performance tradeoffs, to solvepractical problems. A further challenge is to apply the DTV technology to the even more limited environments of missiles, Unmanned Ariel Vehicles (UAVs), manpackable systems, and unmanned sensors.Significant benefits accrue in using this newstandards-based technology for a variety of commercial applications, including the recording and playback of high-defintion television programming.

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