NASA SBIR 2008 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 08-1 O2.01-9918
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Automated Collection and Transfer of Launch Range Surveillance/Intrusion Data
PROPOSAL TITLE: A Novel Smart Pan/Tilt/Zoom Visible/Infrared Sensor for UAV on-board Video Surveillance of Launch Range

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Xigen, LLC
11001 Sugarbush Terrace
Rockville, MD 20852 - 3240
(301) 637-6828

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jason Geng
11001 Sugarbush Terrace
Rockville, MD 20852 - 3240
(301) 637-6828

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 3 to 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA has a pressing need for increasing the efficiency of launch range surveillance during mission launch operations. Difficulty in verifying a
cleared range causes significant launch delay that may significantly affect the operation safety, cost and schedule.
We propose this SBIR to develop a novel "Smart Pan/Tilt/Zoom Visible/IR Sensor" platform, especially suited for detection, tracking,
recognition, and identification of persons and objects that have intruded areas of the range that must be cleared in order to conduct safe
launch operations.
Conventional optical sensors have limited field of views (FOV). They observe objects through a small solid angle subtended in front of the
sensor. Although the high optical amplification may provide high resolution image of a target, detecting and tracking potential target within a
large area is difficult, resulting in lengthy search time, costly UAV maneuvers, low efficiency of verifying range clearance, even missing
intruded target due to limited FOV. Increasing FOV, however, is a double-edged sword that, for any given sensor, leads to a decreased spatial
resolution, causing difficulties in target recognition and classification.
To address these contradicting requirements on FOV and resolution for range surveillance applications, we propose a novel Smart PTZ
sensor concept with the following unique advantages:
(1)Novel optical design of wide FOV optics, no blind spot, no image distortion;
(2)Simultaneous wide FOV and zoomed high resolution images;
(3)Smart PTZ target tracking;
(4)Intelligent video analysis algorithms for automatic target detection and tracking;
(5)Embedded on-board DSP processing module;
(6)Novel optical design applies to both visible and infrared sensors;
(7)Flexible mounting options: on-board UAV, land vehicle mounted, and fixed camera.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The proposed Smart PTZ technology solves the critical problem of conventional optical sensors that are not able to satisfy the contradicting requirements of achieving both wide FOV and high resolution target imaging capabilities. By integrating both wide FOV sensor and agile PTZ sensor within a compact package, together with a set of intelligent video analysis algorithms running on an embedded DSP platform, the proposed Smart PTZ sensor system is able to achieve unprecedented performance in target detection, tracking, recognition and classification, within a very large FOV (up to entire 360-degree FOV). The compact light weight and low-power visible/infrared sensor package is ideally suited for mounting on UAVs and land vehicles for launch range surveillance. The system can also be installed in fixed locations with critical importance for constant 7/24 real-time video surveillance with intelligent target detection capabilities. The proposed Smart PTZ visible/Infrared sensor technology offers an efficient, low-cost, and high performance solution to NASA launch range surveillance applications.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Beyond NASA uses, the proposed Smart PTZ sensor has immediate commercial applications to various applications in homeland security, video monitoring, and IP based remote video surveillance. According to Frost & Sullivan, the global video surveillance industry is about $7 billion, which is expected to grow to $13 billion within five years, with 44% growth market on the verge of technological breakthrough. The video surveillance market is considered as a limitless growth market. "Cameras Everywhere" continues to be the best description of the trend in the Video Surveillance market. The new advanced 360 imaging and Smart PTZ technology will lead to a number of innovative products and vast applications to various video surveillance fields, with unprecedented performance, resolution, image quality, cost efficiency, and ease of use.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Biomedical and Life Support
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Data Input/Output Devices
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Testing Facilities

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