Geospatial Underground Tracking Solution (GUTS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$992,663.73
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
D11PC20156
Agency Tracking Number:
1014005
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB010.1-006
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Q-Track Corporation
3414 Governors Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35805-3672
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121059757
Principal Investigator:
Eric Richards
(256) 489-0075
e.richards@q-track.com
Business Contact:
Jerome Gabig
(256) 509-0279
j.gabig@q-track.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Increasingly, clandestine tunnels under our southern and northern borders continue to be a problem for illicit smuggling operations. The Q-Track Geospatial Underground Tracking System (GUTS) provides real time positioning of robotic equipment and first responder personnel operating in a GPS and short range radio-frequency denied areas. GUTS is capable of deployment in a variety of underground environments from sewage systems to interdicted, cross-border tunnels deep underground. Easy to operate, the underground asset can be located in minutes and a spatial map generated for evidentiary usage as well as tunnel remediation efforts such as drilling. In Phase II, we will deploy our prototype GUTS system at interdicted tunnels in the U.S. Southwest sectors. Incorporating feedback from CBP and ICE end users, we will then fabricate a ruggedized GUTS system according to operational requirements generated in conjunction with the San Diego, Nogales, and El Paso Tunnel task forces. Finally, Q-Track will integrate its GUTS system with robotic platforms suitable for deployment in challenging cross-border tunnel environments. The Phase II effort is intended to bring GUTS from its current TRL of 6 to a TRL of 9.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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