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19 Phase I Selections from the 05.2 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
GECO, INC.
1754 N. 48th St.
Mesa, AZ 85205
Phone:
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(480) 981-7379
Jennifer Graves
SOCOM 05-005      Awarded: 08NOV05
Title:Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Payload Interface Master Module, PIMM
Abstract:The GECO Payload Interface Master Module Phase I development approach capitalizes on both our telecom and defense electronic design experiences to provide SOCOM with an optimal PIMM design. GECO's research trade studies will allow us to deliver the best performance that commercial technologies can support and our design engineering experience will insure the optimal solution is fielded in a package that is both rugged and supportable. This approach allows the insertion of the latest and most capable COTS technologies including WiMAX and cellular standards to support the need for a low cost line-of-sight high rate sensor data link. This approach also supports the beyond line-of-sight moderate rate video data link with the most advantages solution. GECO's experience includes system design and integration of video data links on UAVs and the integration of this data into a helicopter crew station. The integration of this data to the SOF user will be accomplished without risk due to our previous experience with designing and integrating video sensors and software into a classified system. Finally, our capabilities to manufacture hardware such as the Digital Video Adapter product will allow the PIMM to be easily integrated into any Mission Equipment Package the SOCOM customer specifies.

TRIDENT SYSTEMS, INC.
10201 Lee Highway, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
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(703) 691-7794
Bonnie Edwards
SOCOM 05-005      Awarded: 11OCT05
Title:Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Payload Interface Master Module, PIMM
Abstract:Special Operations Forces deployed to remote areas have a need for technically innovative UAV ISR data delivered in real-time via common secure data communication architectures. Despite recent technological advances, delivering still imagery, video and other sensor data down to the SOF team level over a single medium in near real-time is still not possible. Trident Systems proposes to build a small, lightweight, reliable yet rugged Payload Interface Master Module (PIMM) that would provide connectivity to UAV sensors, processing power to compress and output video, audio, meta-data and other sensor data in a single stream, and the ability to securely transmit this information over LOS or BLOS communications channels. This system would be composed of world-class COTS components, including a PXA270 based single board computer, a state-of-the-art mini-UAV data link from L3, and custom ground station software to permit SOF operators to command, control and cross-queue the UAV sensors. The proposed Phase I effort will focus on developing an accurate CONOPS description, capturing operational and functional requirements for the PIMM and developing a conceptual top level design. In addition, Trident will prototype key pieces of the PIMM architecture to mitigate risk and provide insight into the PIMM design.

VIPMOBILE, INC.
655 Montgomery Street, Suite 540
San Francisco, CA 94111
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(415) 837-3201
Gerard Pizarro
SOCOM 05-005      Awarded: 14NOV05
Title:Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Payload Interface Master Module, PIMM
Abstract:Significant advances have been made in sensor development, unmanned air platforms, and electronics system performance. However SOF tactical teams often do not receive near real time imagery intelligence and other sensor data relating to their area of operations. The objective of this project is to design and prove the feasibility of building a light weight, rugged, and low cost payload interface master module (PIMM) for use on a UAV. The PIMM will provide the ability to command, control, communicate, and cross-queue multiple ISR payloads onboard the UAV via commercial communications paths. The project will also include modification of a current SOF Ground Segment that can be used to control the sensor payload and receive the sensor data from the UAV. VIPMobile's proposed solution will include the use of high performance light weight computers running VIPMobile's custom software for image management and compression as well as bi-directional sensor control from the Ground Segment to the PIMM. The Ground Segment design will be influenced by VIPMobile's existing Enhanced Image Capture and Transfer (EICT) ruggedized handheld computer that was developed for SOCOM. Implementation of this project will allow state of the art UAV sensor data to be made fully available to SOF tactical teams.

NEW SPAN OPTO-TECHNOLOGY, INC.
9380 SW 72nd Street, B-180
Miami, FL 33173
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(305) 275-6998
Grace Wang
SOCOM 05-006      Awarded: 01DEC05
Title:OLED display packaging method for harsh military environment extremes
Abstract:Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology for improved panel displays (e.g. navigation, integrated bridge systems, etc.) is widely recognizing as the brighter, thinner, lighter, lower power, more water tight, less expensive, and faster than the active matrix liquid crystal display (AM-LCD). In order to realize OLED, significant advancements have to be made in display device efficiency and packaging technology to withstand the maritime environment extremes such as shock, vibration, salt, water, high and low temperatures. New Span Opto-technology Inc. proposes a novel white light emitting OLED display having partially conjugated poly(phenylenevinylene) (PPV) polymer and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) encapsulation system to endure the harsh environmental conditions. Our innovative packaging idea using PDMS encapsulation will overcome the harsh marine environmental barriers including shock, vibration, temperature extremes, and salt water and will be compatible with requirements for Night Vision Imaging System such as sunlight readable, low power consumption, and wide view angle. Total system weight and fabrication cost of this novel OLED display device would be dramatically reduced when compared to conventional AM-LCD displays or currently used hermetic sealed OLED displays. We will demonstrate a bright single-layer white OLED device and test its reliability to meet military standard environmental specification (MIL-STD-810D) requirements.

NSCRYPT, INC.
2721 Discovery Drive, Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32826
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(407) 249-3683
Marva L. Sanders
SOCOM 05-006      Awarded: 14NOV05
Title:Direct Write Electroluminescent Display for Combatant Craft
Abstract:The proposed project focuses on a fabrication method for solid state high efficiency, bright electroluminescence (EL) displays for SOF Combatant Crafts using direct write technology. The direct write fabrication method is an elegant alternative to traditional fabrication methods for semiconductor devices such as vacuum deposition techniques, masking, high process temperatures, etc. The direct write EL display structures will be very simple, extremely lightweight, compact, versatile, and relatively inexpensive to produce in large quantities. This project will develop an efficient, reliable method of manufacturing of novel electroluminescence displays capable of stable, extended service and low power consumption under a wide range of environmental conditions.

PICO TECHNOLOGIES
2813 South Hiawassee Road, Suite 201
Orlando, FL 32835
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(407) 291-2700
Kevin Munroe
SOCOM 05-006      Awarded: 12DEC05
Title:Flat Panel Displays for Harardous Naval Combat Environments
Abstract:This proposes research and development of improved flat panel displays. The proposed high definition graphic displays are for use in computer applications of all kinds, including environments that place high performance demands on display panels and high stress on support structures. Performance attributes proposed include: thin, lightweight, low-power, wide viewing angle, bright colors, quick response, display-centric in a wide variety of sizes ranging from large computer displays to hand-held portable communication devices. Application environments are exemplified by those encountered by special operations forces during day and night combatant craft operations. Panel ruggedness, with tolerance for vibration and water immersion are operational requirements. Light emitting diode (LED) technology is proposed for these applications. Electricity is directly converted into visible light. Flat panel displays employ integrated thin film transistor back planes that control front plane LED subpixel elements. The high switching speed of subpixel electronics tightly control graphic images with millions of vibrant color shadings without smearing. LED technology has a long history of use in many commonplace consumer products with high reliability and the proven technology is poised to economically respond to many performance and ruggedization challenges that active matrix liquid crystal display technology currently used onboard SOF craft cannot meet.

EQUINOX CORP.
9 West 57th Street, Suite 1650
New York, NY 10019
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(212) 421-2999
Lawrence B. Wolff
SOCOM 05-007      Awarded: 19DEC05
Title:Identifying Individuals at a Distance via Thermal Imaging of the Face
Abstract:This effort will develop dual intensified/thermal infrared algorithms and hardware technology to detect, identify and track human individuals.

OBJECTVIDEO
11600 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite # 290
Reston, VA 20191
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(703) 654-9314
Paul Brewer
SOCOM 05-007      Awarded: 19DEC05
Title:Identify and Track Important Assets
Abstract:ObjectVideo proposes a video system to identify faces on non-cooperative subjects at a far distance. The system will be deployed hidden in hostile terrain to monitor people who travel through the camera's view, and it will report back to a central station only if it sees a known fugitive. The output will be a video clip of the person who just crossed the camera's field of view, and a database face shot of the likely match. The hardware will be light enough, small enough, and energy efficient enough to perform these tasks independently. There are three key technical challenges. (1) Acquisition - Development of suitable pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) algorithms so that the system can find a target's face over a long distance, and enhance it for better identification. (2) Identification - Improvement of current face recognition software to handle different angles and lighting so that it can match against a rudimentary watch list. (3) Design of the hardware that will enable all algorithms to run in an insubstantial form factor. ObjectVideo already has significant experience with computer vision-based automated video surveillance technologies and their application to real-world scenarios, including porting them to hardware.

SECURICS, INC.
2595 Rossmere Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
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(719) 963-0573
Terrance E. Boult
SOCOM 05-007      Awarded: 22DEC05
Title:FIINDER: FPGA Intensified-Image Networked Detector w/ Embedded Recognition
Abstract:The system goal is a network-enabled FPGA-enhanced system for self-contained low-power image-intensified recognition. The system will support reprogramming, through-the-network, of its real-time recognition, FPGA supported identification of many asset classes. This effort focuses on feasibility questions for remote face-recognition. Facial recognition at significant distances is non-trivial and often subtle. Securics' founder led the only major study of facial recognition beyond 30 meters. This project expands that research to improve basic understanding of the critical issues in long-distance identification, addresses a novel research approach to using intensified images for face-recognition and provides for the design of a low-power, lightweight, reprogrammable, embedded recognition system. This project will collect the first ever Intensified Imagery (II) face database, and benchmark multiple algorithms on visible, II and LWIR imagery. This will include cross-modality testing, where one modality is enrolled and another is used for recognition. This project will address other issues by extending Securics' patent pending theory predicting failure of biometric systems and improving them via perturbation enhancing recognition of non-cooperating subjects in long-distance surveillance-oriented biometric identification. The final objective is the core of the FIINDER system including embedded systems design and prototyping, analysis of algorithms suitability for FPGA implementation, power-budget analysis, and field-testing.

CHI SYSTEMS, INC.
1035 Virginia Drive, Suite 300
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Phone:
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(215) 542-1400
Phil Rollhauser
SOCOM 05-008      Selected for Award
Title:Advanced Tactical Handheld Extended Networked Sensor (ATHENS)
Abstract:Technological improvements have provided our military with many tools that they can utilize in the field. These tools, while useful, tend to add to the already heavy burden carried by SOF forces into the field. They also increase the cube that each soldier must carry into the field. This necessitates the need for combining several systems into a single viable unit. In response to this opportunity, CHI Systems, Inc. proposes to develop the Advanced Tactical Handheld Extended Networked Sensor (ATHENS) radio system. The ATHENS radio system combines current transceiver, scanner, and networking technologies into a single lightweight package. This radio will provide normal transceiver functionality, with the added capabilities of a software driven scanner that will provide SIGINT threat warnings and share such threats over a secure network. The resulting Phase I products will include a breadboard solution, recommendations for developing additional capabilities for the radio, and a structured plan for further developing ATHENS technology during the Phase II effort.

DIGITAL RECEIVER TECHNOLOGY, INC.
20250 Century Blvd, Suite 300
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone:
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Topic#:
(301) 916-5554
Acie Vickers
SOCOM 05-008      Awarded: 21DEC05
Title:Advanced Tactical Threat Warning Radio
Abstract:DRT will perform an investigation to identify a feasible design approach for a handheld threat warning and communications radio through the use of reconfigurable software radio techniques. Design aspects for the RF, digital, and power supply elements will undergo careful study in orer to identify customized integrated circuits that will minimize size, weight, and power consumpion. The aspects of mechanical design will be studied to find innovative ways for reliable and durable packaging of a mixed-signal product, as well as techniques for thermal management and ergonomic concerns. The system software architecture will be closely examined to identify the required functionality for both the requirements of processing needed for SIGINT radio operation, and the requirements for software radio architecture for use as a communications device. Finally, DRT plans to use the findings of this study to establish the development baseline if DRT is selected to receive the Phase II award.

Award information for topics SOCOM05-009, SOCOM05-010 and SOCOM05-011 is not yet available.