Biometrics-at-a-distance

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W911QX-13-C-0068
Agency Tracking Number: D2-1203
Amount: $1,742,189.96
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: SB121-004
Solitcitation Number: 2012.1
Small Business Information
VAWD Applied Science &Technology
1607 S Pantano Rd, Ste 405, Tucson, AZ, 85710
Duns: 786491659
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Wesley Dwelly
 Vice President
 (520) 760-9888
 wesdwelly@vawdengineering.com
Business Contact
 Ms. Vinh Adams
Title: Ms.
Phone: (520) 241-9713
Email: vinhadams@vawdengineering.com
Research Institution
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Abstract
Sensors capable of remotely detecting and measuring human vital signs and other physiological activity at a stand-off range greater than 10 meters within a building or behind an obstruction (i.e. non-line-of-sight) in a cluttered environment is of significant interest to the DOD, law enforcement, search and rescue, and the intelligence communities. The capability to remotely monitor vital signs also has applications in the medical field. The focus of this research is to continue development of a system capable of remote vital sign and physiological signature extraction. In Phase I, the feasibility of using radar to remotely detect and measure postural sway, breathing, and heartbeat through a cinder block wall at greater than 10 meters stand-off in a cluttered environment was demonstrated. Phase II will continue the development of algorithms to locate up to 10 people in range and cross-range at greater than 10 meters stand-off, through obstructions, in a cluttered environment, and extract their individual physiological signature including postural sway, breathing rate, and heartbeat rate. An advanced ultra-high dynamic range MIMO radar based on VAWDs existing STORM III radar will be used for algorithm development and testing, leading up to a demonstration of the technology in a realistic environment.

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