Undersea (ISR) Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Data Fusion Processing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00039-03-C-0032
Agency Tracking Number: N031-1187
Amount: $69,832.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Principal Investigator
 James Wilson
 Chief Scientist
 (949) 366-6554
Business Contact
 James Paquin
Title: President
Phone: (985) 649-7252
Email: jep@neptunesci.com
Research Institution
NSI will transition its data fusion algorithms to FDS being developed for a real-time processor called Quiet Interlude (QI), which is currently being sponsored by SPAWAR 05 and PMW-155. This FDS data fusion algorithm will benefit greatly from QI¿¿s fusionof passive sonar, ELINT, and RADINT data. Active sonar data from multi-static systems, such as Low Frequency Active (LFA), Compact LFA (CLFA), Multi-static ASW Concept (MACE), etc., will be fused with QI¿¿s acoustic and ELINT/RADINT contact tracks and, ifthe option task is funded, COMINT, MASINT, and IMINT data will be fused with these other data sources to greatly enhance the surface ship and submerged contact track picture. NSI has developed the very accurate Global ELINT Tracker (GET) under NAVY TENCAPchair sponsorship at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and ELINT Tracks are the foundation for NSI¿¿s non-acoustic track data fusion algorithm. Orincon will apply their Multi Hypothesis Fusion Engine (MHFE) to extend QI¿¿s data fusion algorithm from asingle FDS array (plus ELINT/RADINT tracks) to multiple FDS arrays. The resulting FDS data fusion algorithm will be state-of-the-art and be a quantum advance in heterogeneous data fusion performance. The acoustic/non-acoustic NSI/Orincon data fusionalgorithm developed in this proposal will enhance the Fixed Distributed System (FDS) performance significantly. The same NSI/Orincon data fusion algorithm will benefit many other customers, as well as the FDS program. The Advanced Deployable System(ADS), SURTASS, SOSUS, submarine towed arrays, and other Navy sonar systems will benefit directly from the FDS data fusion algorithm. NSI is the program manager for building the Quiet Interlude (QI) System under SPAWAR 05/PMW-155 sponsorship and QI¿¿sreal-time processor will be applied to Force Protection, Harbor Defense, and Very Shallow Water (VSW) ASW applications. Initially the development of the NSI/Orincon data fusion algorithm for FDS will benefit significantly from the technology leveragedfrom SPAWAR¿¿s QI System fusion of passive sonar, ELINT, and RADINT data. During the performance of this task, data from active sonar systems like the Low Frequency Active (LFA), Compact LFA (CLFA), MACE, Distant Thunder, etc. will be fused with passiveacoustic data, ELINT, and RADINT. If the option task is funded, COMINT, MASINT, and IMINT data will be fused with ELINT, RADINT, and passive and active acoustic data. The vastly improved surface ship and submerged contact track estimates that result fromthis advanced heterogeneous acoustic/non-acoustic data fusion will be of direct benefit to the following additional customers:- NAVSEA N-34 - Force Protection/Harbor Defense- NORTH COMMAND (NORCOM) and the Joint Harbor Operations Command (JHOC) - Force Protection/Harbor Defense- U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) - Force Protection/Harbor Defense- Special Operations Command (SOCCOM)- Marine Inshore Undersea Warfare (MIUW) - Force Protection- Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) - all applications- Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) - illegal drug and contraband interdiction+ Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)+ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF)+ FBI+ CIA+ U.S. Customs Service (USCS)+ Canadian Maritime Command (MARCOM)- Joint Interagency Task Force ¿V East and West (JIATF-East/West) - multi-mission- Theater CINCs - Antiterrorist activities/ASW- Naval Surface Warfare Command - Dahlgren, VA - illegal drug and contraband interdiction- Commercial Ship Tracking (CST) - Navy Watch Center- Relocatable over the Horizon RADAR (ROTHR) - illegal drug and contraband interference- Various U.S. and Canadian agencies dedicated to intradicting antifishing activities- Commercial Synthetic Aperture RADARs (SARs)The above is only a partial list of potential customers for the data fusion algorithm to be developed in this proposal, and the commercial sales potential is nearly unlimited.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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