Tanker Survey Vehicle

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC090048
Agency Tracking Number: 0911059
Amount: $99,720.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9500 Innovation Drive, Manassas, VA, 20110
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Thornton
 (858) 653-0177
Business Contact
 Christine Sigety
Phone: (703) 368-6107
Email: csigety@progeny.net
Research Institution
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for maintaining the integrity of our borders and preventing attacks within our country through the use of trade and immigration laws coupled with various tools to monitor for the threat of illegal cross-border activity. This includes numerous points of entry over land, air, and sea. As the threat grows increasingly sophisticated and innovative, so, too, must the tools that monitor those points of entry. One weakness in particular involves tanks filled with fluid in commercial shipping vessels. These areas are not easily searched without offloading content which can be costly, time consuming. Progeny Systems Corporation proposes to perform a detailed system engineering analysis to clearly define the requirements for a tanker survey vehicle and user interface. The requirements analysis will include definition of tankers and the liquids that they carry and define the user interface. Our conceptual autonomous vehicle will be light weight and agile to freely move within the tank and survey the tank for targets. We will incorporate imaging sonar onto the tanker survey vehicle with on-board image processing and detection algorithms to identify anomalies for the user.

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