RFCode: Robust Foveated Encoding

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-10-C-0084
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4050
Amount: $729,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: A08-136
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
21st Century Technologies Inc.
6011 West Courtyard Drive, Bldg 5, Suite 300, Austin, TX, -
DUNS: 158034665
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ron Larcom
 Principal Investigator
 (512) 682-4730
Business Contact
 Irene Williams
Title: CEO
Phone: (512) 682-4700
Email: SBIR_Admin@21technologies.com
Research Institution
The Robust Foveated Encoding (RFCode) Phase II effort will improve battlefield capabilities and situational awareness by generating a portable software library implementing an advanced video compression system for unreliable tactical networks. RFCode uses foveated (variable-resolution) video coding to reduce data volume while maintaining operational effectiveness, enabling a superior compression ratio. It then applies distributed coding schemes to provide robustness and graceful degradation under packet loss. RFCode algorithms are optimized using novel video quality metrics that better measure subjective human video quality perception (and therefore operational effectiveness) than traditional error metrics. The resulting software library will include a well-documented set of interfaces to support integration and configuration across a range of platforms. Performance is quantified with empirical analyses and is compared against baseline motion-JPEG (M-JPEG) and MPEG-4 Part 2 codecs. By building on the successful Phase I research and prototype and by leveraging our team’s directly relevant past work in foveated image exploitation, 21st Century Technologies will address the Army’s operational need to reliably transmit video over low bandwidth, low reliability tactical wireless networks. This will increase the battlefield utility of tactical systems that transmit and exploit real-time battlefield video.

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