Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Imaging Array Surveillance Sensor

Period of Performance: 09/29/2008 - 11/30/2010

$430K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Time Domain Corp.
330 Wynn Drive, Suite 300
Huntsville, AL 35805
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Phase I concluded that an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radar array sensor, could be employed as an effective perimeter security device to detect, localize, track, and classify targets. It also concluded that as an enabling perimeter security technology UWB offers significant advantages over conventional IR and Microwave systems. A Phase II plan has been proposed. In this plan, a prototype perimeter security system will be built and demonstrated. This project is feasibile because Time Domain has demonstrated mono-static, bi-static, and multi-static radar capability with existing low cost hardware in several similar projects. Time Domain will leverage this hardware and experience along with UWB signal processing experience and the strength of our teamate, Applied Physical Sciences, to produce and demonstrate the prototype system. The project will be successful if 1)the detection, false alarm, and classification thresholds can be met for the target environments and 2)the hardware is producible and has a cost advantage over conventional, microwave, IR sensors and other sensor approaches. If successful, this effort will result in the production of a new, robust, high performance, low cost and unique perimeter security system.