Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,996.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NBCHC080071
Award Id:
81151
Agency Tracking Number:
621046
Solicitation Year:
2006
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:
949183701
Principal Investigator:
Roger Meisinger
VP, Security & Land Defense Systems
(402) 505-7894
Roger.Meisinger@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) situation, 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 paramount to saving lives, and miscommunications lead to potentially unnecessary deaths. 21st Century Systems, Incorporated is pleased to propose continued research and development of its successful intelligent real-time display Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND) to provide first responders with an intuitive, real-time, and accurate visual representation of the situation and environment. In Phase I, we demonstrated HiGRND s capability of visualizing complex urban settings in real-time virtual reality. In Phase II, we propose to increase the number of ways that three dimensional and two dimensional structural information can be bridged into the HiGRND application. We will also improve on the algorithms used to approximate structural elements when there is no preexisting data. Additionally, we intend to integrate intelligent agent technologies for added decision support functionality. We will continue to leverage our existing 3D rendering engine (based on a commercial gaming engine) and publish/subscribe communication mechanisms to allow flexible deployment options, scaled appropriately for the capabilities of the available hardware in the field.

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