Low Power Smart ISR Sensors

Period of Performance: 06/27/2011 - 04/27/2012


Phase 1 STTR

Recipient Firm

1551 Forbes St.
Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Research Institution

George Mason University
4400 University Drive MS 4C6
Fairfax, VA 22030
Institution POC


As the application of unattended ground sensors (UGS) expands with larger numbers of units being deployed around the world, the servicing needs and amount of data generated begin to become overwhelming for an organization. To alleviate the demands of this growing challenge we propose to develop a multilayered information based sensor management (IBSM) system in conjunction with designs for lower power sensor systems. The goal of the cognitive sensor manager will be to optimize the sensor field for a 10 year lifetime and ensure reliable detection of targets. For this STTR, McQ is teaming with George Mason University (Mason) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Center of Excellence in C4I. The combination of McQ's considerable expertise in extremely long life network sensors with Mason's expertise in information based sensor management produces a team that is capable of addressing the requirements of a cognitive sensor management system optimized for long operational lifetime. Both organizations have previously performed sensor and sensor management R&D for ONR, experience which will be brought together to develop the information based sensor management system with a 10 year life expectancy.