Body Heat-Based Range-Extended All-Weather Covert Human Detector

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W909MY-12-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number: A121-038-0173
Amount: $99,966.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12-038
Solicitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
Applied Technologies Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, To, CA, -
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ninad Patnekar
 Group Leader
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Gordon Drew
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution
To address the Army"s need to detect and classify human intrusion, Physical Optics Corporation proposes to develop a Body Heat-Based Range-Extended All-Weather Covert Human (BREACH) Detector. The system"s novel design combines thermopile-based sensing with novel signal extraction and cross registered feature verification algorithms. The stand-alone and camouflaged BREACH detector (7 in. x 7 in. x 7 in., ~4 lb) that can be mounted on a tree, electrical pole, or a tripod, passively detects infrared radiation from the target and is hence safe for use with humans and animals. Its small size and camouflaging covers make it undetectable. The key innovations in BREACH allow high accuracy (98%), extended range (300 m), low-power operation (100 mW), and low sensor material cost ($400). The detector"s multi-feature verification (pattern, speed and relative temperature) reduces false alarms while its spatial referencing eliminates the common-mode internal noise to improve the SNR. In Phase I, POC will develop a BREACH detector model, perform analysis, and develop a bench-top prototype. This TRL 3-4 prototype will be tested for its human detection performance at 300 m under day-and-night condition. In Phase II, we plan to build and validate a complete TRL 5-6 detector, demonstrate its field worthiness, and evaluate its productization.

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