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Program:  SBIR
Topic Num:  SOCOM07-004 (SOCOM)
Title:  3-D Facial Imaging System
Research & Technical Areas:  Sensors, Electronics

Acquisition Program:  Special Operations Special Technology TTL
 The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals, their country of origin, and what tasks each would accomplish in the statement of work in accordance with section 3.5.b.(7) of the solicitation.
  Objective:  The development of an innovative, inexpensive imaging system that allows the user to capture a person’s face in three dimensions (3-D) and identify the individual based on two dimensions (2-D) or 3-D baseline imagery using lightweight, low power, man portable technology.
  Description:  Facial recognition software has been successfully developed over the past decade for security applications. While these systems have in large part been effective in controlled environments, lighting, weather and a person’s pose prevent this technology from application in a greater range of scenarios. This effort is designed to overcome these limitations by scanning a person’s face in three dimensions rather than the standard two dimensions. The addition of a third dimension will increase the probability of detection as well as allow for identification (ID) at a greater range of pose angles. Applications for this emerging technology include identification of persons of interest by the military, law enforcement or other security organizations as well enhancing current biometric capabilities for cooperative ID scenarios. Such scenarios include amusement park ID systems, Automated Teller Machines, airport security and mass transit systems. Any new technology should satisfy the following requirements: • 3-D identification should be feasible in all environmental conditions • System should be capable of identifying individuals at pose angles greater than ± 15 degrees • 3-D identification must be conducted with imaging technology • The identification must occur without physical contact with the individual of interest • Individuals of interest are to be considered non-cooperative • Should be capable of identifying individuals contained in a 2-D imagery database • Should provide identification ranges comparable to state-of-the-art 2-D recognition systems • Should be ruggedized and have a small, lightweight form factor • Should utilize Commercial Off-The-Shelf equipment to minimize follow-on production costs • Should be low power with the ability to use Alternating Current or Direct Current power • Should be designed with a network environment in mind to allow for unattended operation The development of such a capability would satisfy aspects of Sensors, Electronics and Electronic Warfare a DoD Critical Technology Area.

  PHASE I: Develop a proof of concept for the proposed method of identifying individuals at range. Vendors shall submit a business plan for the commercialization of the technology developed on this topic. The Small Business Administration's web site www.sba.gov provides guidance, examples as well as contact information for assistance. All firms shall include as part of the Phase I proposal transportation costs to travel to Tampa, Florida for two separate meetings. The first travel requirement shall be the Phase I kick-off meeting and the second travel requirement shall be for the Phase I out brief. The meetings shall take less than four hours and at least the Principal Investigator is required to attend both meetings. Notwithstanding the requirement for the Principal Investigator to attend both meetings, any other individual needed to discuss all aspects of the firm's approach to address the SBIR topic shall also attend the meetings.
  PHASE II: Develop a working prototype that can be tested by end users in a real life working environment that resembles the form factor of the final system.

  PHASE III

  DUAL-USE APPLICATIONS: Produce operation units that can be employed by the military, law enforcement and the commercial market sector.

  References:  1. References for 3-D Facial Imaging: http://www.shef.ac.uk/assem/1/evison.html, http://www.a4vision.com/6_030705.html

Keywords:  BIOMETRICS, SENSORS, TAGGING, TRACKING, LOCATING

Questions and Answers:
Q: 1. Can you be more specific on "inexpensive" imaging system?
2. Can you be more specific on "low power"?
3. What is the resolution requirement for the addition of the third dimension does it need to high or is low sufficient?
4. What is the range requirement a) desireable b) ideal?
A: 1. Inexpensive is a relative term but generally the expectation is that such a system would be on the order of hundreds to a few thousands of dollars.

2. The operational lifecycle objective would be 6 months but this effort should predominately focus on the identification technology not the power constraints.

3. Resolution requirements will be based on the identification algorithm your proposed system would employ.

4. The required range is a) >100m, b)500m
Q: What IR/UV diapasons are acceptable for these imaging systems?
A: All imaging technologies are acceptable except those that require emissions in the visible spectrum.
Q: 1. Can you be more specific on "inexpensive" imaging system?
2. Can you be more specific on "low power"?
3. What is the resolution requirement for the addition of the third dimension does it need to high or is low sufficient?
4. What is the range requirement a) desireable b) ideal?
A: 1. Inexpensive is a relative term but generally the expectation is that such a system would be on the order of hundreds to a few thousands of dollars.

2. The operational lifecycle objective would be 6 months but this effort should predominately focus on the identification technology not the power constraints.

3. Resolution requirements will be based on the identification algorithm your proposed system would employ.

4. The required range is a) >100m, b)500m
Q: What IR/UV diapasons are acceptable for these imaging systems?
A: All imaging technologies are acceptable except those that require emissions in the visible spectrum.

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