Foveated ACquisition, Tracking, and Object Recognition (FACTOR)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-06-C-0116
Agency Tracking Number: F051-159-0715
Amount: $749,833.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-159
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
4515 Seton Center Parkway, Suite 320, Austin, TX, 78759
DUNS: 158034665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thayne Coffman
 Principal Scientist
 (512) 342-0010
 tcoffman@21technologies.com
Business Contact
 Darrin Taylor
Title: Vice President
Phone: (512) 342-0010
Email: dtaylorz@21technologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The ability of U.S. Forces to obtain accurate targeting information from real-time images is limited by time and physical constraints on computer systems. 21st Century Technologies has undertaken the FACTOR project to develop methods which negate these constraints by reducing the amount of data necessary to perform automated targeting. Upon implementation, FACTOR will greatly improve the tracking performance of new foveating sensors and munitions by increasing frame rates while shrinking bandwidth and processing requirements. The primary goal of the two year FACTOR/AFA Phase 2 effort is to refine the prototype algorithms into a fieldable system. At the conclusion of FACTOR/AFA Phase 2, we will demonstrate an end-to-end prototype system which, when combined with the profound and far-reaching applications that it enables, will provide an extremely strong case with which we can obtain Phase III commercialization funding. Applied to areas like missile threat warning, multiple-target tracking, surveillance, ballistic missile defense, counter-sniper fire, and collision avoidance, this technology will improve the situational awareness of U.S. battlefield commanders and protect the lives of military forces and civilians alike.

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