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MSTDS – MultiModal Soldier-Worn Threat Detection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-19-P-0037
Agency Tracking Number: A182-119-0197
Amount: $99,958.98
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18-119
Solicitation Number: 18.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-10-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-10-21
Small Business Information
500 West Cummings Park, Suite 3000, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 859244204
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Socrates Deligeorges
 Principal Research Engineer
 (781) 933-5355
 socrates.deligeorges@ssci.com
Business Contact
 Lora Loyall
Phone: (781) 933-5355
Email: contracts@ssci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Small arms fire is still one of the greatest threats to military personnel on the ground in theater of operation. Existing acoustic body-worn gunfire detection units can provide some protection, but acoustic signals can be unreliable in highly echoic environments such as urban spaces. The single sensor modality systems currently deployed do not provide sufficiently reliable detection and localization of hostile fire for the full range of environments that warfighters are likely to experience. Given the challenges of localizing hostile fire in different environments, we propose a dual mode system, using proven acoustic technology together with a new and innovative technology based on electric field sensing. This combination of technologies addresses many of the shortcomings of acoustic systems, including detecting subsonic rounds, but also adds an additional layer of false alarm rejection, and provides improvement in accuracy in terms of round localization. The dual mode approach provides: very high false alarm rejection by looking at different components of a gunshot event, leveraging the strengths of each; enables better detection at longer distances by allowing lower thresholds for detection for the individual modalities; and gives more accurate estimates of range-to-shooter and estimates of weapon type.

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