SBIR Phase II: CLEAR-View - A Cost Effective Thermal Imaging Sensor

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$499,991.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0724500
Agency Tracking Number:
0611278
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
EO
Solicitation Number:
NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
K&A Wireless, LLC
2617 JUAN TABO BLVD NE STE A, 510 Charmany Drive, Suite #175A, ALBUQUERQUE, NM, 87112
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
071560234
Principal Investigator
 Kamil Agi
 PhD
 (505) 338-2380
 kagi@ka-wireless.com
Business Contact
 Kamil Agi
Title: PhD
Phone: (505) 338-2380
Email: kagi@ka-wireless.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This NSF SBIR Phase II project aims to develop and produce a novel suite of algorithms to enhance the performance of thermal imagers, offering real-time solutions in the automotive, surveillance and other segments of the thermal imaging market. The proposed algorithm is integrated with noise-infested, uncooled microbolometer infrared cameras, elevating their performance and offering manufacturing-cost reductions while adding new features and capabilities. At the heart of the approach is a Scene-Based NonUniformity Correction (SBNUC) algorithm, which works to correct the fixed-pattern noise resulting from nonuniform detector-to-detector responses in the focal-pane array. The novel SBNUC approach relies on exploiting the presence of minute amounts of scene/camera motion in a video sequence, naturally present in almost all applications, to algebraically extract the nonuniformity-noise parameters in a dynamic fashion, without the need for a mechanical shutter, as done conventionally. This approach improves the camera's reliability. If successfully commercialized, the largest market is in the automotive sector, where the lower cost and improved performance of the device can potentially lead to tens of millions of dollars from new installs of collision-avoidance systems in cars and trucks. The enhanced features and lower costs offered by this technology also offer the potential of expanding the use of thermal imaging in other applications. In the firefighting market segment, equipping every firefighter with a thermal imager will reduce the number of fatalities due to smoke inhalation, heat, and response efficiency. In security applications, more information will be delivered at a higher level of quality.

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