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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$99,966.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W909MY-12-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number:
A121-038-0173
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
A12-038
Solicitation Number:
2012.1
Small Business Information
Physical Optics Corporation
Applied Technologies Division, 1845 W. 205th Street, To, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
153865951
Principal Investigator:
Ninad Patnekar
Group Leader
(310) 320-3088
ATProposals@poc.com
Business Contact:
Gordon Drew
Chief Financial Officer
(310) 320-3088
gedrew@poc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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