Desert Fauna Detection and Tracking System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-12-M-0010
Agency Tracking Number: F112-193-1571
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-193
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
46561 Expedition Drive, Suite 100, Lexington Park, MD, 20653-2118
DUNS: 619354488
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Madorin
 Sr. Systems Engineer
 (301) 880-3341
Business Contact
 Thomas Sanders
Title: Managing Director
Phone: (301) 880-3341
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Identifying the presence of endangered and threatened species is crucial to complying with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Each year military reservations spend large amounts of resources in time, materials, and manpower in identifying if endangered or threatened species are present. Current methods of capturing and counting endangered and threatened species are labor intensive and also cause stress and disruption to the species under study. In addition, based on the surveyor"s skill level, attention to following procedures, and record keeping, can introduce more unwanted variables into the reliability and accuracy of the field survey. An alternative method of species identification is needed to be more economical and increase accuracy, while being less intrusive to the environment. An acoustical signal identification approach that has proved successful in identifying marine mammals will be implemented for terrestrial applications. CTSi and the Bioacoustics Research Program, a unit of Cornell University"s Laboratory of Ornithology, have identified an innovative approach which will deliver accurate field surveys for any desired species that can vocalize, locate the position where the sound was emitted, use less labor, use ordinary people as survey scientists, and operate in rugged environmental conditions. Our team will provide a rugged autonomous acoustic data recorder system solution to consistently and accurately identify and track animals that emit sounds, while achieving reduced labor costs. This system will be placed in the field for 2 weeks, operate autonomously, and record species sounds that are emitted. At the completion of the survey the collected data will be processed and a species acoustical emissions map generated. These maps will use latitude and longitude coordinates for each acoustical emission for easy interpretation by the end user. Additionally, the approach can easily be expanded and adapted to many more applications. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits of the development of an acoustical identifier system is to significantly reduce costs and improve accuracy while performing field surveys to identify if threatened and endangered species are present. This system can easily be expanded into other DOD and commercial uses such as, noise abatement compliance monitors, listening for low flying aircraft illegally crossing borders, perimeter monitors for military bases, listening for leaks in pipelines, monitoring vibrations in factories to identify faulty machines, study animal migration patterns, office and factory sound environment analysis.

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