Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,999.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NBCHC070066
Award Id:
81151
Agency Tracking Number:
621046
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
H-SB06.2-005
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, 68106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Steve O`Hara
Scientist
(402) 505-7901
sohara@21csi.com
Business Contact:
Stuart Aldridge
VP, Deputy Chief Technology Officer
(402) 505-7887
stuart@21csi.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
In an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) scenario, the ability for the rescuers to maintain an accurate and comprehensive situational awareness is critical to allow them to maximize their effectiveness in a chaotic and dangerous environment. Timeliness is, of course, paramount to saving lives, and miscommunications lead to potentially unnecessary deaths. 21st Century Systems Incorporated is pleased to propose to research and develop an intelligent real-time display Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND) System to provide first responders with an intuitive, real-time, and accurate visual representation of the situation and environment. The HiGRND System will use heterogeneous data to develop a volumetric representation of the structure of interest. A distributed system architecture will be implemented to allow for rich visualization using modest hardware and small form-factor equipment, such as that available with modern PDAs. We will leverage our existing 3D rendering engine (based on a commercial gaming engine) and publish/subscribe communication mechanisms to allow for flexible deployment options, scaled appropriately for the capabilities of the available hardware in the field. Three dimensional visualization of structures, tracking of personnel moving through multi-level structures, and characterization of the structure are of particular interest to the DHS, DoD, and law enforcement agencies.

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