SSCI to be Awarded SBIR Contract to Develop Sensors Identifying Human and Animal Intruders
October 29, 2009 by site
Unattended Ground Sensors will Help Customs and Border Control Agents Automatically Distinguish Humans from Animals and Reduce False Alarms
WOBURN, MA, Oct. 29, 2009 – Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI), a leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, today announced the Department of Homeland Security selected them for a contract award to develop technology for unattended ground sensors (UGS) that will help U.S. Customs and Border control agents automatically distinguish humans from animals at national border crossings. The Small Business Investment Research (SBIR) contract leverages SSCI’s leadership in technology enabling intelligent autonomous land-based and aerial unmanned systems to perform their missions in hostile or challenging environments.
Working with a subcontractor, Crane Wireless Solutions, SSCI will develop signal processing and data processing algorithms enabling UGS systems to discriminate human from animal activity through a multi-modal detect-and-classify sensor network that integrates acoustic, seismic, thermal and electro-optical imaging.
“SSCI’s robust technology platform is an excellent foundation for a system that will reduce false alarms generated by current-generation UGS systems, which often fail to differentiate between animals foraging for food and human beings crossing the border,” said Dr. Raman Mehra, Founder & CEO of SSCI. “A reduction in the false alarm rate will dramatically reduce the workload of Customs and Border Patrol agents, who must personally investigate alarms.”
The contract award is for Phase I of the SBIR contract, for multiple algorithms that will work with the multi-modal sensors. Phases II and III will deliver commercially available applications. Mehra said the award is “yet another example of SSCI’s leadership in providing the brains and nervous systems for unmanned systems to operate autonomously in remote and hostile environments and accomplish their missions flawlessly.”
SSCI is one of the nation’s top recipients of SBIR contracts. SBIR contracts are designed to stimulate technological innovation and promote the productivity and economic growth of the nation by engaging private enterprise in productive innovation projects for the U.S. government.
About Scientific Systems Company, Inc.
Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) pioneers products and technologies that provide the intelligence for unmanned ground, air and maritime vehicles to autonomously and collaboratively accomplish missions in difficult environments. A leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, SSCI is one of the top 20 recipients of Small Business Innovation Research awards in the U.S. and is recognized by the U.S. Navy and Army for its record of successful technology transitions. A privately held company based in Massachusetts, SSCI collaborates with a network of defense industry prime contractors and consultants, drawing on an accumulated investment of over $150 million in advanced research and development funding.
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