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A Stereo Camera System for Measuring Coastal Currents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-15-CN-0095
Agency Tracking Number: 14-2-070
Amount: $399,219.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.4W-P
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-09-01
Small Business Information
965 Hao Street, Honolulu, HI, 96821
DUNS: 126516942
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Porter
 Owner
 (808) 373-3243
 porterj005@hawaii.rr.com
Business Contact
 John Porter
Title: Owner
Phone: (808) 373-3243
Email: porterj005@hawaii.rr.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Inexperienced swimmers are often unaware of the presence of treacherous rip currents and this leads to many drowning deaths each year. Even when signs are posted, the public probably does not clearly understand the danger. It would be more informative if the public were ale to maps of the location, speed, and direction of coastal currents. Ocean safety officials are using various methods to inform the public of these dangers but at this time they do not have an easy way to map out the location, speed, and direction of coastal currents. New sensors are needed to address this need. The goal of this Phase 2 project is to develop camera systems which will measure the location, speed, and direction of coastal currents. Three approaches will be developed including a cell phone application, a single camera system, and a stereo camera system. When mounted on a pan-tilt system (with accurate encoders), it will be possible to measure distant coastal currents in a quantitative manner. The data stream can also be made compatible with existing regional protocols.

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