Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Iris Image Quality Tool Suite for Biometric Recognition

D11PC20251 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-005-0010-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Development of a Standard-based Iris Image Quality Tool Suite

DL2 Tech Corporation
7331 Oxbridge Place
Indianapolis, IN 46259-5826


In this project, we will design a standard-based, robust, and efficient iris image quality measure tool. It can be used to select the images of sufficient quality for inclusion in the biometric repository database(s), improve collection processes, and develop quality-based iris matching algorithms. At the same time, it can be incorporated into iris recognition systems as plug-ins to improve recognition accuracy and efficiency. In this project, we will leverage our access to commercial iris recognition software and systems, our in house algorithms and systems, and variety of databases for our analysis and study. DL2Tech will work closely with our academic partner IUPUI in designing/developing this tool, and Raytheon for testing/evaluating and commercialization. We will participate in the NIST IREX for testing and evaluation. The proposed measure method can also help the development of the ISO/IEC 29794 Biometric sample quality - Part 6: Iris image data.

Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

HSHQDC-13-C-00031 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0001-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Quick Release Connector

SkySight Technologies LLC
5836 Highview Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905


The proposed SkySight Technologies Quick Release Connector will independently detect an unexpected mechanical load on the power distribution line. The compact and lightweight SkySight Quick Release Connector uses existing methods and hardware to integrate into the infrastructure, and no special tools or skills are required. While the connector can be latched by hand without any special tools, it cannot be released until the auto-sensing release is triggered or the lineman releases it. When the line tension reaches the predetermined level, the line will be released and can fall to the ground. After release, the SkySight Quick Release Connector body remains attached to the utility pole and the line can be easily reached for line reattachment. Constructed from materials able to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the SkySight Quick Release Connector provides decades of operational life. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 2 is expected at the beginning of the Phase I effort, with a TRL of 4 expected at completion. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the concept and constructing prototypes for validation testing. Commercial applications include telecommunications cables on the same poles as power lines, moorings in water or air where the buoy or balloon can be sacrificed to protect a vessel striking it, any wires or support lines surrounding airport approaches, and fishing or water recreational activities where a fouled line poses a danger to people or vessels.

Development of Cost-Effective Iterative Reconstruction Computing Platforms for Computed Tomography (CT)-based Explosive Detection Equipment

HSHQDC-14-C-00058 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-003-0004-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase I)
Inversion Engine: A Custom Hardware/Software/Algorithmic Solution for Fast MBIR Imaging

High Performance Imaging LLC
40 Clay Court
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1164


Model-based image reconstruction (MBIR) has been demonstrated to have great potential value in a variety of DHS applications including baggage and cargo CT scanning. However, while MBIR has the potential to reduce artifacts and increase resolution, the computational requirements remain a barrier to its application. High Performance Imaging LLC seeks to create and commercialize the Inverse Engine, a novel integration of algorithms/software/hardware that will reduce the cost and time for computation of MBIR methods to levels feasible for EDS applications. The Inversion Engine will provide a turnkey OEM solution to vendors that will allow them to incorporate MBIR technology into a wide variety of imaging systems, thereby eliminating an important technical and market barrier. The Inversion Engine is designed to be geometry agnostic, so it will efficiently compute the solution to a wide variety of reconstruction problems, including CT systems with either dense or sparse views. HPI's commercialization plan is to license the technology first to TSA vendors that provide systems for screening baggage and cargo. In addition, other fertile markets exist for the Inversion Engine in scientific imaging, industrial inspection, commercial imaging, and medical imaging.

Status Indicator for Downed Power Lines

HSHQDC-14-C-00063 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-005-0005-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase I)
Downed Power Line Sensor

SkySight Technologies LLC
5836 Highview Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905


The proposed SkySight Technologies Downed Power Line Sensor will detect and alert the presence of a downed power line and its energized status through a sensor on the power line. In the event of a downed power line, an alert message is sent via wireless network to the utility provider regarding the lines energized status, while a concurrent visual onsite indicator flashes to alert first responders and others at the scene to the hazard. The serialized sensor will provide information regarding pole location as well. The study will demonstrate the feasibility of a sensor able to provide real-time line status information that a utility provider can use to plan restoration repairs that return power to the greatest number of people by quickly and accurately dispatching crews to locations where unsafe conditions exist. A Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 is expected at the beginning of the Phase I effort, with a TRL 4 expected at completion. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the design and building prototypes for operational evaluation and safety/compliance testing. Commercial applications include use by large and small utility companies maintaining the estimated 500,000 miles of high voltage transmissions lines in the United States.


NBCHC060026 0521005
(FY05.2 Phase I)
Distributed Buoy Vessel Detection System

LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835-9395


Non-cooperative vessel tracking to assess potential threats is becoming increasingly important to the defense of the U.S. coastline and ports of entry; so there is a need to identify and intercept potential threats well before they reach our shores. To support this critical surveillance activity the Phase I Program will establish a relatively low cost, long life, moored buoy based vessel detection / signal processing system concept, that could be readily deployed by Coast Guard or Navy vessels in forward areas as a barrier and have an acoustic detection range of 20NM. The system would provide a communication link to a shore station for sorting and tracking the detected vessels of interest. LewTech Company plans to commercialize the resulting technology from this and the follow-on programs by fully supporting the Coast Guard / Navy Maritime Domain Awareness mission requirements. The critical Phase I work is to development the passive acoustic sensor and the associated signal processing approach that will convert the sensor detections into contact and track reports. This technology will also be readily expanded or used directly in supporting various tactical operations and surveillance systems for such organizations as the DEA, BATFE, NOAA, FBI and Special Forces operations.


NBCHC060142 0611174
(FY06.1 Phase I)
A Multimedia Surveillance Networking System using Foveation Technology

High Assurance Systems, In.
3409 Morgan Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906-1288


The proposed foveation-based video and infra-red broad-spectrum streaming technology will provide a novel all-time all-weather surveillance capability. This highly scalable technology will allow low cost object tracking and searching capabilities in compressed domain. The technology will be deployable over IP and wireless networks allowing wide coverage based on broad spectrum sensors.