Intelligible Speech Communications with Robust Voice Operated Switch (VOX) Operation for High Noise Environments

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: N10PC20023
Agency Tracking Number: 0921187
Amount: $98,544.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB09.2-006
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
704 Loch Highlands Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27606-8431
DUNS: 832951037
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Tom Makovicka
 (919) 387-3337
Business Contact
 Tom Makovicka
Phone: (919) 387-3337
Research Institution
First responders operate in challenging acoustic environments where noise, alarms, engines, radio communications, and communications to others in the environment make voice communications with hands-free, voice operated switch (VOX) operation difficult. Broad Digital will use a combination of passive acoustic design, noise suppression and subtraction, signal separation, and equalization to provide clear speech for audio communications and robust VOX operation. Broad Digital will combine this with adaptive gain control, compression, equalization, and noise cancellation for intelligible, clear speech to the responder's headset. This combination of algorithms will allow the first responder to hear, and be heard, using VOX operation while saving lives in these challenging environments. This development will provide the core technologies for improvements to military radio handsets and headsets and for other commercial communications systems.

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