Self-Tracking and Reconnaissance of Explosives (STARE): A New Technology for Protection Against Suicide Bombers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$1,644,220.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-07-C-0180
Agency Tracking Number:
CA094633
Solicitation Year:
2001
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIH NCI C-15
Solicitation Number:
2001.1
Small Business Information
POLESTAR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
220 Reservoir Street, Suite 32, Needham Hgts, MA, 02494
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
809963895
Principal Investigator:
Ranganathan Shashidhar
Senior Vice President
(703) 615-1023
rshashidhar@polestartech.com
Business Contact:
Karen Carpenter
President
(781) 449-2284
kcarpenter@polestartech.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of this program is to develop a stand-off detection system with a combined detection and chemical identification capability needed to detect and identify explosives hidden by a suicide bomber under his/her clothes. We aim to develop this unique system by fusing two orthogonal infrared-based techniques - mid-infrared-based imaging (detection) of the concealed explosive followed by near-infrared-based identification (chemical signature) of the explosive. The system can be configured as a dynamic detection/identification system to monitor and track a person who approaches the building. As the person is about 200 ft away from the building, the concealed explosive will be imaged using mid-IR imaging technology that uses the temperature difference between the bag containing the explosive and the person to produce a well-defined image to show that the person is carrying something suspicious under his/her clothes. Immediately, the near-IR identification system will then direct the beam on the concealed object and keep acquiring and processing data as the person walks towards the building. It will chemically identify the explosive and transmit an alarm to the security post when the person is still more than 50 ft away from the entrance to the building.

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