Tentacle: Multi-Camera Immersive Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,570.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-12-C-6302
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F103-032-0024
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF103-032
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
1021 Bandana Boulevard East, Suite 225, Saint Paul, MN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
113351782
Principal Investigator:
RandyMilbert
President
(651) 395-6201
Randy.Milbert@primordial.com
Business Contact:
RandyMilbert
President
(651) 395-6201
Randy.Milbert@primordial.com
Research Institute:
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Abstract
ABSTRACT: The technological capacity to gather raw sensor data has far exceeded our capacity to exploit and understand it. There are neither enough people available nor intelligent computer algorithms developed to process all incoming sensor data in real-time. To address this problem, Team Primordial (Primordial plus partners Panoptic, intuVision, and Carnegie Mellon University) proposes Tentacle, a multi-camera immersive surveillance system. Simply put, Tentacle is software that facilitates quickly understanding what is happening now and in the past. For its eyes, Tentacle uses the ever-growing number of battlefield sensors. Tentacle fuses sensor feeds into a 3D virtual world comprised of imagery, terrain, and avatars representing people and vehicles. Tentacle works by integrating real-time feature extraction and tagging algorithms for detecting, tracking, and identifying entities with rule-based database query and dynamic alert tools for de-cluttering and highlighting relevant events. In phase I, Primordial demonstrated Tentacle"s ability to display a 3D world mimicking reality while supporting queries and alerts. In phase II, Primordial will update Tentacle by improving its static tracking, entity correlation, metadata extraction, and behavior analysis algorithms. We will also add support for tracking entities from moving platforms (e.g. UAVs) and performing spatial queries. BENEFIT: By fusing hundreds of video streams into a single synthesized 3D display and automatically flagging potential security events, Team Primordial anticipates that Tentacle will 1) increase an analyst"s event detection probability, 2) reduce response time, 3) decrease the analyst to sensor ratio, 4) reduce fatigue, 5) increase job satisfaction, and 6) reduce turnover. Tentacle will benefit large surveillance systems such as those found at airports, military bases, hotels, casinos, entertainment venues, federal buildings, hospitals, and large retail operations. Northrop Grumman has expressed an interest in deploying Tentacle to 114 United States embassies under an existing State Department contract. Raytheon has expressed an interest in deploying Tentacle to airports under an existing contract with the Chile Ministry of Defense and Administration.

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