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Canine non-LOS Directional Control System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911N-F-21-C-0006
Agency Tracking Number: A2-8167
Amount: $728,283.64
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A19-007
Solicitation Number: 19.1
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-07-09
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-11-23
Small Business Information
2101 N 30th Street
Tacoma, WA 98403-3318
United States
DUNS: 078823001
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Kelly Mann
 (210) 218-6424
Business Contact
 Michael Cushman
Phone: (508) 410-9230
Research Institution

The Army Research Office (ARO) and Army Special Operational Forces (ARSOF) have identified a need to provide directional control to multi-purpose canines (MPCs) when they proceed into non-line of sight environments. The overall objective of this SBIR program is to create a Canine Non-Line of Sight Directional Control System (NLOS-DCS) that considers canine physiology and perception and does not impair the ability of the MPC to operate. Mantel successfully executed the Phase I program and created a prototype device that exceeded the desired specifications of ARO. The Mantel Non-Line of Sight Directional Control System (NLOS-DCS) provides near real-time directional commands to a canine and low latency head mounted (sub 50 msec) video to a handler. The NLOS-DCS sends video and commands up to 110 meters and through three walls. During the development of the NLOS-DCS, Mantel established key relationships with end users and component manufacturing partners. In Phase II, Mantel will undertake an iterative design process to improve the capabilities and characteristics of the NLOS-DCS. Using the Phase I prototype device as the starting point will speed that iteration by rapidly and affordably informing design decisions and allowing for hands-on testing by end users.

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