Miniaturized, Low-cost Processing and Software/Hardware Component Technology for Near Real-time Structure Mapping for Urban Combat Special Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-08-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: A072-033-2191
Amount: $119,906.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: A07-033
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
MCQ, INC.
1551 Forbes St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22405
Duns: 198180937
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Morrison
 Software Engineer
 (540) 373-2374
 jmorrison@mcqinc.com
Business Contact
 Keith Armstrong
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (540) 373-2374
Email: karmstrong@mcqinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proposed SBIR will develop an acoustic localization and building characterization system utilizing ad hoc networking and RF/Acoustic distance measurements and ultrasonic dimensioning. The sensor system will be low power and low cost to enable long operation times and high volume production at realistic budgets. The RF/Acoustic nodes will be designed for use and deployment by Unmanned Systems (UMS), as well as for handheld operation and quick deployment by clearing personnel. External GPS equipped nodes will anchor the building geographically. McQ has defined a design approach for a Phase I program that will research, develop, and refine the technical concepts based upon our experience with ad hoc networking, acoustic algorithms, and simulation development. McQ has over 10 years experience with the design and development of advanced unattended ground sensors (UGS) systems and associated algorithm development and simulation. During Phase I we will evaluate ad hoc networks and current RF/Acoustic heuristics to develop advanced building characterization algorithms. Algorithms will be tested and refined using simulation to assess the capabilities of the system. A design approach for SBIR Phase II will be presented to produce prototype units to integrate with the algorithms, a GUI for network visualization, and further refinement of algorithms.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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