Critical Data Processing for Chemical Warfare Simulant Field Testing – Advanced Data Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
Contract: W911S6-06-C-0008
Agency Tracking Number: C051-110-0235
Amount: $749,934.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CBD05-110
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
TORCH TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
4035 Chris Drive, Suite C, Huntsville, AL, 35802
DUNS: 623988651
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Muratet
 Senior Scientist
 (256) 319-6000
 mike.muratet@torchtechnologies.com
Business Contact
 Kenneth Lones
Title: Contracts Manager
Phone: (256) 319-6000
Email: kenneth.lones@torchtechnologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In this Phase II SBIR project for the Army CBD, Torch Technologies of Huntsville, AL, will develop and demonstrate a fully operational prototype of its Advanced Chemical Release Evaluation System for fusing measurements of the concentration of clouds resulting from chemical releases. The ability to evaluate the performance of a stand-off detector during development depends on the ability to accurately characterize the parameters of the test cloud under observation. In an operational scenario, the ability of a warning system to estimate the threat posed by the intentional or inadvertent release of toxic chemicals is limited by the accuracy of the initial cloud estimate. There are sensors capable of measuring cloud parameters but they provide heterogeneous measurements and the means to combine these measurements into a single, integrated estimate of cloud parameters do not exist. Improved methods are needed that can fuse the sensor data to provide more accurate estimates. The ACRES system will employ novel methods and all of the available data for making its estimates and in doing so will achieve the best performance that is theoretically possible. A demonstration will be offered at a place of the government’s choosing.

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