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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
Period
Award/Contract
Value
Abstract

H-SB012.1-006
Swarm Robotic Sensing Platform for Search and Rescue

HSHQDC-13-C-00021 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-006-0006-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase II)
Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP)

Robotic Research, LLC
555 Quince Orchard Road
Suite 300
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1426

05/01/2013
to
04/30/2015
$693,232.17

Sensor-smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP) is developing low cost autonomous robotic platforms to perform searching, mapping, and navigation tasks with minimal operator interaction. These inexpensive robotic platforms can quickly be deployed by first responders to provide a wide range of capabilities for a variety of missions; search and rescue, carrying sensors to determine environmental conditions (chemical, biological, radiological, oxygen levels, explosive detection, heat level), 2D and 3D mapping, and overall situational awareness for firefighters, law enforcement, and command center coordinators. Because there may be disruptions in communications, especially when working in and around collapsed structures, inside buildings, or tunnels, and also a limited number of personal to operate robotic assets, the system must have autonomous capabilities, be communications resilient and work in both GPS and GPS-denied areas. Robotic Research, LLC's previously developed autonomous mobility package for use with multiple robotic platforms provides autonomy, however must be modified to meet the low cost requirement. High cost sensors that allow for autonomous functionality, are the main obstacles to low cost. SAARP is focused on an alternative sensor head that uses structure light. The result will be a demonstration of a low cost, small, autonomous ground robotic platform.