Remote Detection of Riverine Traffic

Period of Performance: 08/15/2003 - 02/13/2004


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc.
3690 70th Avenue North
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

University of Florida
339 Weil Hall
Gainsville, FL 32611
Institution POC


CME proposes a remote unattended sensor platform to detect powered and unpowered watercraft on riverine and inland waterways in South America. CME will define high level and detailed specifications for a sensor and communications platform and evaluate various active and passive sensors such as infrared, acoustic, RF, and SONAR that can detect targets across a 500-meter river. We will integrate a sensor array into a network centric control and communications architecture, evaluate power sources, power management techniques, and perform analysis to determine expected probability of detection versus false alarms. A Phase I final deliverable will include a detailed configuration matrix listing specifications for system configurations and an analysis showing the expected probability of detection for various system configurations and ambient conditions. Phase I will result in an optimal system hardware and software specification. The Phase II deliverable will be a working system meeting Phase I specifications. CME is experienced in military sensor system development with RF, signal processing, power management, communication, and software and system expertise. CME''''s collaborative partners possess expertise in sonobuoys, RF systems, radar, ultra-wideband, millimeter wave, and digital signal processing. Commercial applications include Homeland Defense, industrial and municipal security, and terrorist threat protection. Recent global sociopolitical events have raised awareness of the value of advanced system architectures such as the one described here. Potential market areas include all aspects of Homeland Security, battlefield environments, remote telemedicine, aviation, commercial and industrial security and surveillance, and protection of public utilities, historic landmarks, and local, state, and federal judicial, executive, and legislative building infrastructure. Hence, the unique combination of advanced COTS and GOTS technologies and the sociopolitical skyline now provide a catalyst for significant growth of this market, especially for companies with mature products and technologies, such as ours. The potential foreign and domestic customer base for our present and future system architecture and variations includes Homeland Defense, DOD, law enforcement agencies, schools and public facilities, farms and vast rural farmland, water supplies, airports, harbors and littoral accesses, lakes, rivers, municipal infrastructures including fire, police, water, electric, and wastewater treatment facilities, hospitals, home health care opportunities, natural disaster response organizations, and world health organizations. Our current business plan includes a transition into nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) sensor integration, noninvasive physiologic monitoring, and in situ monitoring using portable, handheld, devices.