Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-15-C-00026
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0007-I
Amount: $99,988.39
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB015.1-007
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-15-R-00017
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-05-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-11-05
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138-4555
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ross Eaton
 Senior Scientist
 (617) 491-3474
 reaton@cra.com
Business Contact
 Yvonne Fuller
Title: Director, Proposals and Production
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Email: yfuller@cra.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
K9 units provide valuable and unique capabilities to law enforcement operations, including pursuit, search and rescue, and contraband detection. However, there is currently no standard method for tracking the location of K9 teams or transmitting video back to the command center for situational awareness and legal documentation. Several commercial off the shelf (COTS) canine-mounted camera systems are available, but their capabilities are limited and do not address all of the operational requirements, scenarios, and conditions of K9 operations. Specific challenges include camera shake, indoor tracking (where GPS does not function), and maintaining a long range wireless data link capable of streaming video. We propose to develop a Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS) to provide these capabilities in a rugged device that can be attached to the canine work harness without interfering with normal activities. The system also includes remote video and location monitoring software with an intuitive user interface that supports evidence tagging and can run on vehicle-based or mobile platforms. Our Phase I effort will include selecting COTS components, providing detailed electro-mechanical and software design, and demonstrating specialized prototype algorithms to address challenges specific to the K9 unit application, including image stabilization and GPS-denied positioning. The Phase I effort will result in a complete and comprehensive system design that will support developing and field testing several prototypes in Phase II. We plan to transition CANIS to a commercial product and market it directly to K9 programs within federal, state, and local law enforcement communities.

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