Abstracts of DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase II Awards
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H-SB012.1-001

Company

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-001 -0009-II - Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels
Topic Information H-SB012.1-001 - Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00028
Abstract

Our approach utilizes a mature, portable inflatable beam shelter to house modified commercial car wash equipment operated by an automated control system. The inflatable beam shelters are currently deployed with the US Military and are commonly used as decontamination shelters for military vehicles. The commercial wash equipment is modified to withstand the caustic chemical environment necessary to ensure sufficient decontamination. The entire tunnel wash system is deployed or stowed by 2 - 4 people in under 4 hours, operated by just 1 person, and packs into a common three-quarter ton pickup truck or van

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H-SB012.1-002

Company

Endeavor Systems
8300 Greensboro Drive
Suite 950
McLean , VA 22102-3604

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-002 -0006-II - Multi-layer Ever-changing Self-defense Service (MESS)
Topic Information H-SB012.1-002 - Moving Target Defense
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00048
Abstract

Today's static IT systems allow adversaries time to plan and launch attacks. Endeavor proposes a Multi-layer, Ever changing, Self-defense Service (MESS) that is resilient and manageable. MESS prevents attackers from exploiting a target system by removing the static network & system attributes that simplify reconnaissance. Continuously refreshing the target system to a new virtual instance with a known trusted state and random service attributes, this limited-time-use virtual instance is comprised of a single application and OS combination and reduces system complexity. During Phase II, Endeavor will develop WebPurify, a DNSSEC-aware application that will build on our successful Phase I MESS prototype. WebPurify focuses on protecting web services, including web content delivery. Today, web security products detect and block attacks by enforcing acceptable use policies, and analyzing web traffic, content, etc. Powered by MESS, WebPurify allows multi-layer protections by deploying public interface obfuscation and live service migration technique. It conceals the public interface from adversaries and enables web services to self-defend and self-recover. WebPurify is a game-changing cyber defense system, not by detecting, but by concealing; not by blocking, but by cleaning. By Phase II completion, WebPurify will handle high traffic volume and multiple simultaneous connections, and be ready for the pilot/field test. Endeavor will work with clients and partners like DHS, Air Force, and McAfee to outline a pilot/field test plan. We'll develop a market plan for SaaS providers who can benefit directly from WebPurify as they have large attack surfaces and extensive virtualized infrastructure.

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H-SB012.1-003

Company

Polestar Technologies, Inc.
220 Reservoir Street
Suite 3
Needham Heights, MA 02494-3133

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-003-0015-II - Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-Bourne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives
Topic Information H-SB012.1-003 - Safe Standoff Detection of Bulk Explosives on a Person
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00025
Abstract

Title: Portable Imager for Stand-off Detection of Person-borne Bulk Military and Homemade Explosives. The overall goal of this SBIR proposal is to develop a portable system for stand-off detection of concealed explosives. The system will produce images positively identifying the presence of explosives and have the ability to detect and identify different types of military explosives (like TNT, C-4, PETN) and homemade explosives such as TATP and HMTD. The system will process persons entering a federal building from a stand-off distance of 3-5m at a data collection rate sufficient to image moving subjects. The system's power and weight will allow it to be portable so that it can be deployed at any required location inside or outside the building. The proposed imager could be deployed at mass transit locations, national security event checkpoints, controlled-entry checkpoints at the entrance to buildings of national importance or at entrance to largely attended sports and entertainment venues.

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H-SB012.1-004

Company

Radiance Technologies, Inc.
350 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805-1961

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-004-0015-II - Virtual Shooter
Topic Information H-SB012.1-004 - Firearms and Ammunition Test Equipment
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00026
Abstract

The Phase II Virtual Shooter project objective is the design, development, fabrication, assembly, and test of a 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) device which will fully simulate the recoil reactions of a wide range of human shooters, hand guns, and ammunition types. This program is based on the work now being completed under Phase I of SBIR topic no. H-SB012.1-004, contract number HSHQDC-12-C-00039, revised completion date Dec. 31, 2012. The work under this Phase I effort has produced a computer based dynamic shooter model based on extensive data acquired under the Phase I research effort. This model will be used as the basis for the primary objective of Phase II; the delivery of a complete 6DOF virtual shooter device to DHS S&T Directorate, National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU). This proposed Phase II program extends over two years, the first (base) year primary deliverable will be a prototype 6 DOF Virtual Shooter device demonstrating all of the basic capabilities desired by NFTTU. At the end of the second year a prototype production design will be demonstrated and delivered, ready for acceptance by DHS and for commercial sales. The initial TRL for the virtual shooter device at Phase II project inception is estimated to be 3. At the end of Phase II, the TRL is estimated to be 7 for the device.

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H-SB012.1-005

Company

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-005 -0006-II - Remote Identification and Tracking of Non-Cooperative Subjects (REMIT-NCS)
Topic Information H-SB012.1-005 - Capability for the Tracking of Any and Every Person within a Security Perimeter
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00072
Abstract

The ability to reliably track and recognize individuals inside a security perimeter is a critical component of next-generation distributed security systems. While state-of-the-art surveillance systems can reliably track pedestrians in sparse, static environments with minor occlusions and few moving subjects, performance degrades rapidly as scene complexity and crowd density increase. The problem becomes even more difficult when tracking individuals over long time scales, or across cameras with non-overlapping fields of view, a scenario which is unavoidable in most urban environments. Existing systems are also unable to re-acquire individuals who have been previously tracked in a separate location, but for whom recent track data is unavailable. To address these issues, we propose a system for Remote Identification and Tracking of Non-Cooperative Subjects (REMIT-NCS). REMIT-NCS extracts stable, descriptive signatures from tracked individuals in surveillance imagery by reconstructing a tracked individual's anthropometric parameters (shape and pose) and using these to produce higher-order, viewpoint-insensitive signatures from the individual's intrinsic attributes (e.g., physical build and motion characteristics) and extrinsic attributes (i.e., outward appearance). The combined intrinsic and extrinsic signatures are then compared to a database of similarly processed tracks to identify the features most suitable for supporting long-term tracking and re-acquisition. Persons moving from one camera view to another are then re-acquired by the system via the resulting discriminative models, enabling persistent tracking of individuals throughout the facility.

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H-SB012.1-006

Company

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

Proposal Information DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-006-0006-II - Sensor-Smart Affordable Autonomous Robotic Platforms (SAARP)
Topic Information H-SB012.1-006 - Swarm Robotic Sensing Platform for Search and Rescue
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-13-C-00021
Abstract

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.

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