Track Correlation / Sensor Netting

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,866.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W9113M-08-C-0099
Agency Tracking Number:
B073-046-0397
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA07-046
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Small Business Information
NUMERICA CORP.
4850 Hahns Peak Drive, Suite 200, Loveland, CO, 80538
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
956324362
Principal Investigator:
Aubrey Poore
Chief Scientist
(970) 461-2000
abpoore@numerica.us
Business Contact:
Stephanie Mueller
Contract Manager
(970) 461-2000
smueller@numerica.us
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The tracking and data communication architecture for the current BMDS can be characterized as a “centralized” architecture in that sensor data are sent to a central node for correlation and fusion. Future plans are to evolve this architecture into a “distributed” one where correlation and fusion can occur at multiple nodes throughout the network. The distributed approach is needed to improve scalability and computational load sharing, and it eliminates single point of failure issues. However, to evolve the architecture to a distributed one requires a new distributed correlation-fusion capability. Thus, the goal of this program is to develop a distributed network-centric class of multiple frame data association (or correlation) methods that match the quality of the current centralized multiple hypothesis correlation (MHC) algorithm. Specifically, the new class of methods seeks to achieve a consistent operational picture across the network of platforms, to manage the communications network loading, and to process both IR and radar track reports. Moreover, the proposed distributed architectures will support measurement, tracklet, or track processing. Included in this development are bias estimation, ambiguity assessment of the association process, formation of clusters or complexes, and a cluster track to represent these clusters.

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