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Autonomous Urban Reconnaissance Ingress System (AURIS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W56HZV-11-C-0210
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4171
Amount: $729,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-203
Solicitation Number: 2008.3
Solicitation Year: 2008
Award Year: 2011
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2011-05-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
411 Waverley Oaks Road Suite 114
Waltham, MA -
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 Principal Engineer
 (781) 314-0723
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: Vice President
Phone: (781) 314-0714
Research Institution

The Autonomous Urban Reconnaissance Ingress System (AURIS) addresses a significant limitation of current military robotics technology: the inability of reconnaissance robots to open doors. It can perform with or without using explosive charges, can operate quickly to allow rapid ingress, has the versatility to be used for difficult to open doors, and has proven its feasibility with semi-autonomous control in PH I while providing a feasible path for fully autonomous interior building reconnaissance based on an innovative combination of proven and new technology. It allows the use of many different robotic platforms and is designed to be easily implemented on standard military platforms (PH I saw its implementation onto a Talon and a PackBot). AURIS enables advanced interior building reconnaissance with platform independence and removes the disadvantages of current operator-intensive systems based on operator manual or visual-servoing control. Based on the success of AURIS in Phase I, Phase II concentrates on the most challenging aspects of the unmanned door-opening task while providing high probability for smooth transition and commercialization. Additionally, the system aligns itself to successfully perform other complex tasks in the short term.

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