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13 Phase I Selections from the 02.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
CANVS CORPORATION
1172 South Dixie Highway Suite
Coral Gables, FL 33146
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(305) 582-3301
Mr. Jonathan A. Walkenstein
SOCOM 02-001      Selected for Award
Title:Multi-Spectral Low-Light Imaging
Abstract:CANVS proposes a series of Color Night Vision systems be constructed during Phase-II. CANVS has a long history of experience in the field of Color Night Vision systems. Recent experiments by CANVS have provided validation for the proposed system configurations. Details of these experimental systems and their performance is covered in the CANVS technical proposal upload. Phase-I of this program will consist of detailing system level components. CANVS will create a performance model based on a combination of the system level components with accepted image intensifier modeling techniques. The resulting Color Night Vision system model performance will be compared with standard "green" night vision system performance under identical target and illumination conditions. The results of the Color Night Vision system model will then be used to refine the system configurations and form the basis for the creation of shop ready drawings at the beginning of Phase-II. At the request of various government agencies CANVS has severely limited the exposure of the CANVS technologies to commercial markets. This having been said, it has been made clear through a long series of interactions with various U.S. Government user communities that the CANVS technologies have universal appeal in the fields of close quarters combat, MOUT, surveillance, physical security, facial recognition in low light environments, and specialized medical applications. One market that CANVS has been working with very closely is the U.S. Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical, and Search & Rescue communities. It has been made abundantly clear that the CANVS Color Night Vision systems provide a substantial increase in performance over currently fielded devices. This capability will allow the use of Color Night Vision specific techniques to create a significant combat overmatch capability. The use of Color Night Vision specific illumination, marking, and IFF tagging (both passive and active) techniques combine to significantly expand the night time SOP. It is clear that the inclusion of color contrast into the field of low light level imaging provides a significantly improved core capability that has found universal acceptance as a means for expanding all current night vision operations.

EQUINOX CORPORATION
9 West 57th Street, Suite 1650
New York, NY 10019
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(212) 421-2999
Dr. Lawrence B. Wolff
SOCOM 02-001      Selected for Award
Title:Multi-Spectral Intensified Night Vision
Abstract:Concepts for multispectral low-light-level imaging systems are presented along with image fusion techniques for presenting multispectral image data to an observer. Enhanced Situational Awareness, Driver Vision Enhancement

I TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS
2663 Wayside Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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(734) 761-3174
Dr. Robert E Sampson
SOCOM 02-001      Selected for Award
Title:Color Sequential, Multi-Spectral Low-Light Imager
Abstract:This proposal describes a unique concept for a low light, compact image intensification system that provides multi-spectral input and output capability in contrast to the current broadband input/green output capability of conventional image intensification devices. Present image intensifiers use a broadband photocathode sensitive to visible and near-IR optical radiation and provide green imagery to the user. They have no ability to spectrally differentiate between objects in a scene. The advantages of color vision to distinguish objects in a scene are obvious and are provided in a rugged light-weight package in the system proposd herein. This next generation system uses one electronically tunable Fabry-Perot filter before and one after a conventional image intensifier tube to provide spectral information. The filters are synchronized to sequentically provide color imagey to a viewer. The other components are conventional except the green emitting phosphor is replaced by a white light emitting phosphor. The system operates at speeds sufficient to provide normal color imagery to the viewer. This system has enormous commercial potential because of its potential to provide near infrared spectral information to the user in addition to inproved night vision capability. Law enforcement, fire fighting, and other security uses for this sensor provides a large and diverse market for this sensors capability. Other potential users include the medical field and industrial applications.

LSA
1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22202
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(610) 363-5808
Mr. Alvin B. Cabato
SOCOM 02-001      Selected for Award
Title:Multi-Spectral Low-Light Imaging
Abstract:Night-vision systems have significantly enhanced military operations in low-light conditions. These systems have improved greatly since their introduction; their resolution, light sensitivity, and signal-to-noise ratio have increased. However, current commercial night-vision systems produce a monochrome image on the intensifier tube screen. While these systems are extremely useful, their performance could be greatly enhanced if the color of objects could be discriminated. We propose a solution to achieve color night vision using existing intensifier technology and monolithic filters to provide color. Multistate color filters are placed in line with an image intensifier tube. The filters have a single aperture that can be switched to pass red, green, blue (RGB) wavelengths. When the wavelength passed by the filters is cycled rapidly through RGB, the human visual system perceives the images as a single, full-color image. The design has several advantages over alternative designs and is a leading candidate for a manufacturable, low-cost, color, night-vision system. Our design is solid state, i.e. has no moving parts. The filters are low-power devices that are ideal for portable, battery-operated systems. Also, our design has reduced complexity and size over multi-tube systems, making it easy to incorporate into existing night vision systems. Relevant applications are present in both military and commercial markets. The proposed device is a single-tube, lightweight, low-cost solution that can be easily incorporated into handheld or helmet-mounted binoculars and monoculars or rifle scopes. The enhanced capability of color night vision will provide immediate improvements to low-light level operations throughout the Military, Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Fire Fighting communities. Others who would benefit from the capability include those involved in homeland security, secret service, and park service. Many other applications can also benefit from the ability to see color imagery under low light level conditions. The production devices have widespread use in non-destructive testing, preventative maintenance, medicine, forensics, commercial security, surveillance, and television. In addition, the technology can be incorporated into complex systems, such as collision avoidance systems and electro-optic seekers.

APPLIED SIGNAL TECHNOLOGY
400 West California
Sunnyvale, CA 94024
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(408) 774-2726
Mr. Peter Robinsion
SOCOM 02-002      Selected for Award
Title:Portable Wireless Monitoring Station
Abstract:With the rapid expansion of signaling technology and broad-based adoption and use of commercial communications systems (for example, cellular telephone, satellite telephone, and trunked radio) by enemy military, paramilitary, and terrorist groups, a new set of tactical situational awareness and force protection challenges must be addressed and met by deployed SOF signal surveillance teams. Applied Signal Technology, Inc. proposes to design and present a development plan for a Manpack Wireless Surveillance System specifically for use by SOF personnel for tactical wireless communications monitoring. This effort develops design for a full multi-channel cellular/PCS tactical surveillance system that uses low-power components in a very small package. The design will be leveraged from a functionally similar system. Commercial off-the-shelf subassemblies will be integrated with the leveraged development to generate a low risk design that meets SOCOM's needs. The wireless monitoring system will use a general purpose software architecture that enables simultaneous coverage of more than one signal type and allows the addition of signal processing upgrades and new signal intercept functions as they emerge. In addition to SOCOM's force protection requirement organizations involved in counter narcotics, homeland defense, counter terrorism, and investigative law enforcement drive the need for a flexible portable wireless monitoring system. The market for this system is driven by limited budgets and ever changing wireless communications protocols. Historically, a product specific to one wireless signal type was built. The cost of purchasing a product for each signal type has become prohibitively expensive for many government organizations. The number of products required to cover all possible signal types and the possibility that the target under surveillance would not be communicating on a supported signal type limited the utility of the equipment. Developing a single flexible wireless station that monitors current and future signal types removes this prohibition and provides government agencies with a cost effective solution.

DIGITAL RECEIVER TECHNOLOGY, INC
20250 Century Blvd, Suite 500
Germantown, MD 20874
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(301) 916-5554
Mr. Joel Martin
SOCOM 02-002      Selected for Award
Title:Portable Wireless Monitoring Station
Abstract:Special Operations Forces require a small, lightweight and environmentally rugged system to conduct tactical missions to monitor wireless communications. The system must be easy to transport and deploy, and be capable of battery and remote operation. The system must be cooled without relying on forced air techniques. The primary objective for phase I of this program is to examine in detail the technical aspects of the system architecture and generate a plan to develop the proposed system. Digital Receiver Technology (DRT) has successfully designed and produced receiving systems similar to the system specified under this proposal. Two systems, the DRT1501A and DRT1301B models, have technology directly applicable to the proposed system. The DRT1501A is a portable, battery-operated system developed for an environmentally challenging, tactical environment. The DRT1301B is a very small, lightweight, low power, battery-operated system developed for covert operations. Both systems employ an innovative mechanical design along with state-of-the-art electronics and software upgradeable architecture. In addition to applicable hardware design, DRT has developed proprietary software for the reception of the latest generation of wireless formats. The software is designed to run on standard Windows platforms and is field upgradable. One of the main benefits of this research and development effort will be the thermal design of the system. Innovative techniques must be employed to cool the electronics without utilizing fans. Fans cause reliability, environmental and operational problems for a tactical system. The thermal techniques developed under this effort may be used in other products to provide a more reliable and rugged system.

SONETECH CORP
10 Commerce Park North, Unit 1
Bedford, NH 03110
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(603) 626-0315
Mr. Herbert A. Iburg
SOCOM 02-002      Selected for Award
Title:Portable Wireless Monitoring Station
Abstract:The project can be described as a research effort that will result in a robust design of a next generation Portable Wireless Monitoring Station for SOF tactical users. The design will fully exploit current COTS equipment while new approaches will be developed as needed. The phase one effort is a four-month effort. The work is divided into 5 major tasks: 1) Requirements Analysis - What do the users really need?; 2) Industry Survey - What already exists to meet those needs?; 3) Engineering trades - Based on the outputs of 1 and 2, what will give the users the most for their investment; 4) Design System - Design a wireless monitoring system based on 1, 2, and 3. 5) Demonstration - Sonetech will demonstrate automatic signal classification of a target signal; 6) Design Plan - Prepare and deliver a detailed design plan for a Portable Wireless Monitoring Station. Dr. Harvey Woodsum, President and CEO will supervise all phases of work, while senior members of the technical staff will carry out the day-to-day activities associated with the task. In order to insure the successful completion of the research effort Sonetech Corporation will rely on its strong background in system design, DSP, algorithm development and signal classification. The algorithms and hardware developed during the SBIR effort could be imbedded not only in JTWS but in other similar monitoring systems as well. Further a working monitoring system that is cable of detecting and classifying and tracking threats will be in high demand by border patrol, coast guard personnel and other law enforcement agencies involved in homeland defense.

NASCENT TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
20 Joyce Rd
Arlington, MA 02474
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(617) 968-4552
Mr. David Dugail
SOCOM 02-003      Selected for Award
Title:Control-Configured Concepts for Low Cost Air Cargo Delivery
Abstract:The objective of this proposal is to develop a low-cost air cargo delivery system that combines a very simple airframe/pallet design with a low-cost "embedded electronics" guidance system. Although various airframe possibilities will be considered, all will be UAV-type systems, guided based on feedback information rather than data acquired before the drop (using dropsondes, for instance). Our goal is to provide an alternative to winds aloft estimation, making the cost tractable through a low cost embedded avionics package (EAP) developed by MIT and commercialized by Nascent Technology Corporation (NTC). During Phase I we will show that guiding a drop vehicle using low-cost on-board electronics, rather than gathering information before a parachute drop can achieve longer range, higher accuracy and higher survivability. In addition, we hope to use very simple airframe designs to reduce cost, subsequently applying flight augmentation and automaton- based UAV guidance methods (also recently developed at MIT) to maintain performance. This proposal is for a new method for military, humanitarian, and disaster relief airdrop that is more accurate, enabling airdrop in locations previously unavailable (cities, exceedingly rough terrain, oil platforms, ship-at-sea emergencies). Cost reduction, increased accuracy, and increased survivability of airdrop are sought. In addition, successful development of a low-cost avionics system would have applications in other military sectors (UAVs, drones, ground force support), in education (low-cost flight test), and in entertainment.

VERTIGO, INC.
29885 2nd Street, Suite N, P. O. Box 117
Lake Elsinore, CA 92531
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(831) 425-5147
Mr. Glen Brown
SOCOM 02-003      Selected for Award
Title:Lightweight, Disposable Air Cargo Delivery System (LDACD)
Abstract:Special Operations units need rapid response resupply of lightweight but critical items, including ammunition, food/water, weapons and commo. Technology is advancing in the area of precision aerial delivery of cargo, but in general, current R&D for cargo delivery addresses heavier payloads (1 ton and up), requires moderate accuracy (100 m CEP) and uses high altitude release (20,000 ft) to minimize risk to the drop aircraft. While work in this area is helpful, it does not fully address the SOF need, which is for a light payload (60 lb), requires extreme accuracy (<10 m), and uses high offset release from moderate altitude to minimize risk to the drop aircraft. The proposed research will consider existing technology, along with innovative concepts, to formulate several concept definitions for evaluation against a requirements matrix. Deployable aerodynamic configurations will include small parafoil, inflatable wing, body-lift, and swing-wing. The proposed Phase I objective is to provide the government with feasible concepts for Lightweight Disposable Air Cargo Delivery (LDACD) Systems and to demonstrate a lightweight prototype of the most promising system under remote manual control. The military benefits of a lightweight disposal air cargo delivery system will be important mainly to Special Operations units of the various services, and to expeditionary forces, such as the Marines. For such users, the ability to request and to receive critical ammunition, food/water, weapons, and spares is a force multiplier, an enabler, and a lifesaver. Another potential near-term user is the Department of State for covert deliveries to embassies. In the far-term, once the technology is established as safe and reliable, it has the potential for use in package delivery, for example FedEx, with the benefits of reduced package handling and faster delivery time.

APPLIED EM INC.
24 Research Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
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(757) 224-2035
Mr. Thomas G. Campbell
SOCOM 02-004      Selected for Award
Title:Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)
Abstract:Satellite communications has advanced remarkably and applications are now expanding rapidly, particularly in the use of very small aperture terminals (VSATs). In many instances, military forces are required to establish and maintain communications via SATCOM (using VSATs) while stationed temporarily on Navy ships. Applied EM, Inc. (AEM) proposes to design and develop a Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS) that will enable continuous satellite (SATCOM) communications without accessing permanently installed Navy communications assets. AEM's design concept will provide unattended operational contact with SATCOM by utilizing spatial and polarization diversity techniques to acquire and maintain contact. Switch logic circuits integrated with dual receiver channels will automatically select the best antenna signal during periods of ship motions and signal blockage. The TASPS will include two lightweight, UHF antennas with portable electronics that can be temporarily installed at two different ship locations (possibly at port and starboard locations). The effective gain for the AEM design will be at least 9 dBic and will incorporate amplification as required to compensate for the lower gain characteristics when using omni-directional antennas. The proposed TASPS system will be both portable (in two containers) and `hardened' for shipboard environments. TASPS system could be used in a broad range of military and civilian applications where automatic RF switching and antenna tracking are necessary. Coast Guard, Drug Enforcement and Home Land Security are potential users for this technology.

ASTRON ANTENNA CO.
22560 Glenn Drive, Suite 114
Sterling, VA 20164
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(703) 450-5517
Mr. Joseph R. Jahoda
SOCOM 02-004      Selected for Award
Title:Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)
Abstract:The program objective is to design and build an inexpensive lightweight, portable, and sensitive Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System for UHF (240 to 320 MHz) SATCOM. It is to be designed to be carried aboard ships, installed at sometimes unpredictable locations, and placed into continuous operation with unattended operation. It is for operation over 225 to 400 MHz 100 watt operation, shipped in two cartons, each weighing not more than 60 pounds, function in an ocean environment and high winds (over 50 knots) and sea spray and fully DAMA compliant. This system could be used in a broad range of military, commercial, and paramilitary applications where automatic RF switching and antenna tracking are necessary.

MAGNETIC SCIENCES
367 Arlington Street
Acton, MA 01720
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(978) 266-9906
Mr. Paul G. Elliot
SOCOM 02-004      Selected for Award
Title:Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)
Abstract:A need exists for an inexpensive lightweight portable Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System to be employed on ships. The system should be capable of unattended operation, and continuous tracking of UHF geosynchronous satellites despite ship movement and periodic blockage of the satellite by the ship's superstructure. Closed-loop and open-loop tracking systems will be designed, built, and delivered to USSOCOM at the end of Phase I. This will allow test and evaluation in the field of both systems. Baseline designs are described in the proposal. Phase I R&D would improve these baselines, followed by computer programming and assembly during Phase I. The open and closed-loop systems will use the same small rugged industrial PC processor, same antennas and other hardware, but different software. The designs also build on a prior UHF SATCOM tracking antenna system developed by the offeror, which will be modified for this application. None of these systems are the same as currently used by USSOCOM. There is no interruption to the USSOCOM user's communications when it is being switched over to the other antenna. There are no mechanically moving parts; this is rugged and eliminates the effect of wind. Future work could include testing different antennas. This inexpensive lightweight portable antenna switching system will be used aboard ships and able to maintain UHF SATCOM links despite ship movement and periodic blockage by the ship's superstructure. This will obviate the need for co-use of the Navy's UFH SATCOM assets or impact the ship's vital communications systems. Similar applications also exist in other government and commercial satellite communications systems.

SYNTONICS LLC
9520 Bendix Road, North
Columbia, MD 21045
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(410) 480-7205
Mr. Glen E. Cameron
SOCOM 02-004      Selected for Award
Title:Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS)
Abstract:To meet SOCOM's desire for an inexpensive, lightweight, autonomous UHF satcom antenna system that will operate onboard a maneuvering ship, Syntonics proposes to combine four technologies in a single system: (1) Electronically steered, phased-array flat panel antennas; (2) Integrated GPS, to facilitate signal auto-acquisition; (3) Beam dithering, to enable signal auto-tracking; (4) Signal strength comparison, to enable antenna auto-switching. This combination of four technologies will give SOCOM a user-friendly, highly automated antenna system that maximizes "up time" and minimizes user intervention. Portable satellite communications systems have become ubiquitous and the market for user-friendly satellite antenna systems is growing. The TASPS technology will directly appeal to any DOD user of portable SATCOM radios with intermittent blockages, such as arise onboard a maneuvering ship. Civilian agency users (e.g., Drug Enforcement Agency) who occasionally operate aboard ships also represent potential users of this technology. More significantly for commercialization, a one-antenna version of TASPS will appeal to mobile land-based users of SATCOM. Most land-based SATCOM antennas have no tracking ability, so a user must setup and remain stationary while communicating. TASPS' auto-acquisition and auto-tracking features will enable continuous communications while "on the move."