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Proposal Number: 0722003
Proposal Title: Wide-Area Infrared Imaging (WAIRI) System for Person-in-Water Detection
Topic Number: H-SB07.2-002
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Detection of Human Targets in Open Water
Organization: Lynntech, Inc.
Address: 2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845-6023  
Abstract: State-of-the-art turreted infrared imagers can stream high-definition, dynamically sensitive, telescopic video to users searching for a person in the water (PIW). This capability has not yet been matched, however, with automated detection systems. Search rate and detection probability are currently limited by the capacity of human users to visually process and interpret video data rapidly. Fatigue, distractions, and recognition time are limiting factors. Lynntech has conceptually proven an automated system, WAIRI, which acquires and analyzes thermal data over a wide field of view for PIW detection. The system continuously determines likely targets within the wide field of view and presents them sequentially to a human user at high image magnification for identification. Phase I scaled testing demonstrated 99 percent detection probability for a PIW in sea state 3 conditions at a search rate of 360 km2/hr. Additionally, the system was both highly resistant to solar glint and able to detect hypothermal targets. Production of a flight-operational system and live, open-ocean PIW search testing will be conducted in Phase II. Low implementation costs and ease of integration with existing airborne turreted infrared imagers significantly enhance commercial viability. Potential customers include rescue, police, and military agencies.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC090033
Period of Performance: 07/01/2009 - 12/31/2011
Award/Contract Value: $847,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $847,000.00