Signal Processing for a Southern Border Surveillance System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCH060117
Agency Tracking Number: 611066
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8910 University Center Lane, Suite 900, San Diego, CA, 92122
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Levine
 Senior Scientist
 (703) 413-0500
Business Contact
 Steven Sands
Title: Vice President Finance/CFO
Phone: (858) 450-1211
Research Institution
The U.S. Border Patrol is in critical need of improved surveillance for detection of people and vehicles illegally crossing the Southern Border, particularly in rural areas. AETC will conduct a Phase 1 feasibility study of acoustics-based surveillance and signal processing techniques to address the Southern Border problem. The overall system concept encompasses a network of low-cost acoustic sensors and advanced signal processing for automated detection and classification of border crossings. This study will (1) identify specific signatures for acoustic monitoring of people and vehicles crossing the border, (2) design and implement advanced signal processing algorithms required for automatic detection and classification of these signatures, (4) define sensor configuration and front-end hardware, (3) determine maximum detection range, (4) estimate PD and PFA performance, and (5) assess cost per unit distance of border monitored for this capability. In addressing this Homeland Security problem, AETC will leverage substantial knowledge and expertise in acoustic signal processing derived from relevant experience in U.S. defense applications. As a commercialization strategy, AETC plans to license the technology developed under this SBIR to manufacturers who will produce and sell platforms for border and facility security. Potential end-users would include the U.S. Border Patrol, military, and law enforcement agencies.

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