Desert Fauna Detection and Tracking System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9302-14-C-0002
Agency Tracking Number: F112-193-1571
Amount: $739,162.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2014
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: AF112-193
Solitcitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
Coherent Technical Services, Inc.
46561 Expedition Drive, Suite 100, Lexington Park, MD, 20653-
Duns: 619354488
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Patrick Madorin
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 880-3341
Business Contact
 Carrie Willmore
Title: Director of Operations
Phone: (301) 880-3341
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Identifying the presence of endangered and threatened species is crucial to complying with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Each year military reservations spend large amounts of resources in time, materials, and manpower in identifying if endangered or threatened species are present. Current methods of determining presence of endangered and threatened species are labor intensive and may cause stress and habitat disruption. In addition, based on the surveyor"s skill level, attention to following procedures, and record keeping, can introduce more unwanted variables into the reliability and accuracy of the field survey. An alternative method of species identification is needed that is more economical with increased accuracy, while minimizing impacts to the environment. An acoustical signal identification approach that has proved successful in identifying marine mammals will be implemented for terrestrial applications. CTSi and Cornell University"s Bioacoustics Research Program have identified an innovative approach which will deliver accurate field surveys for any desired species that can vocalize, locate the emission position, use less labor, use ordinary people as survey scientists, and operate in rugged environmental conditions. Our team will provide a rugged autonomous acoustic DRP system that can consistently and accurately identify and track animals that emit sounds. This system operates autonomously and produces an acoustical emissions map for the end user. The system can easily accommodate other acoustic emission identification and location applications. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefit of this effort is automating environmental compliance fauna site surveys by using species unique acoustical identification methods. A by-product of this automation is enhanced species detection while reducing manpower to conduct the survey and minimizing intrusion into environmentally sensitive areas. This technology can be adapted into many applications especially in the DOD surveillance market, where detecting target sounds and the emission origin provides the warfighter with enhanced situational awareness capability.

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