Miniaturized, Low-cost Processing and Software/Hardware Component Technology for Near Real-time Structure Mapping for Urban Combat Special Operations

Period of Performance: 08/29/2008 - 08/27/2010

$730K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

McQ
1551 Forbes St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Principal Investigator

Abstract

The proposed SBIR will develop an acoustic measurement, node localization, and building characterization system utilizing ad hoc networking, ranging radio distance measurements and ultrasonic dimensioning. The sensor system will be low power and low cost to enable long operation times and high volume production at realistic budgets. The RF/Acoustic nodes will be designed for use and deployment by Unmanned Systems (UMS), as well as for handheld operation and quick deployment by clearing personnel. External GPS equipped nodes will anchor the building geographically. McQ has defined a system development approach for a Phase II program that will develop prototype room dimensioning nodes, anchor nodes, and handheld displays based on the results of the Phase I research. McQ has over 10 years experience with the design and development of advanced unattended ground sensors (UGS) systems and associated algorithm development and simulation. During Phase II we will develop the hardware and software required to ultrasonically characterize a building with the added benefit of friendly personnel and UMS identification and tracking. Prototypes will be tested in real world scenarios to assess the capabilities of the system. A Production Readiness Review will be presented upon completion of the project.