Visibility Through Foliage - A Plenoptic Sensor for Riverine Operations

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00024-09-C-4166
Agency Tracking Number: N081-048-1073
Amount: $599,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-048
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
6201 East Oltorf St., Suite 400, Austin, TX, 78741
DUNS: 100651798
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Byron Zollars
 Chief Scientist
 (512) 389-9990
Business Contact
 Mike Mayo
Title: Founder & VP of Engineeri
Phone: (512) 389-9990
Research Institution
Threat of attack from within obscuring foliage is a very real threat to U.S. riverine craft or other marine operations close to shore. Generally, this asymmetric situation allows opposing forces to hide undetected within or behind bushes and trees until an opportune moment for attack. On the other hand, shipboard personnel are relatively exposed and well-lit by sunlight, and have difficulty obtaining any visibility of impending attack. Technology that is able to provide visibility into the foliage at water’s edge can provide warning of suspicious activity, allowing the marine craft to assume a defensive posture or take pre-emptive action. Nanohmics proposes to build an electro-optical imaging device (called the ThruView™) capable of producing imagery within dense stands of brush, bushes, and trees. The innovative imaging system is based on hardware which records the four-dimensional light-field from objects in the field of view, providing real-time back-end processing to form images of objects that may be mostly obscured by intervening foliage. The optical system is capable of operating in the visible, SWIR, and/or MWIR portions of the spectrum. The ThruView™ system will be engineered specifically for integration with Riverine Assault Boats but will also be applicable to the Navy’s Shipboard Protection System.

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