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Fog Viewer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M219CNRMW0027
Agency Tracking Number: 18-2-039
Amount: $399,964.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.6
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2018-2
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-23
Small Business Information
9301 Corbin Avenue, Suite 2000
Northridge, CA 91324
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Klein
 Senior Scientist
 (703) 413-0290
Business Contact
 Craig  Baker
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Research Institution

The presence of fog reduces visibility, contributing to unsafe conditions for many maritime tasks. The current system uses active backscatter and has high power requirements, high maintenance and replacement costs. Areté Associates’ innovative FogViewer system comprises a passive multi-spectral, multi-polarization sensor suite that leverages available degrees of freedom to best characterize the fog. The envisioned FogViewer system will be innovative, better, easier, simpler, and less costly (initial and recurring) compared to current NOAA visibility sensors. Since fog varies due to different densities, absorption and scattering particles, the processing stream will utilize a combination temporal and spatial methods employed to best isolate the fog and report fog removed imagery. During Phase I a proof of concept system demonstrated the technical feasibility to measure visibility using passive sensors. Phase II will produce a low power, self-contained demonstration system to be evaluated under realistic maritime fog environments.

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