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Proposal Number: 0423001
Proposal Title: Polychromic Imaging for Standoff Detection of Explosives and Weapons
Topic Number: H-SB04.2-005
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Innovative Techniques for Concealed Weapons or Explosive Detection at a Distance
Organization: Intelligent Optical Systems, Inc.
Address: 2520 W. 237th Street
Torrance, CA 90505-5217  
Abstract: Terahertz (THz) radiation imaging and sensing is one of the most promising technologies for the standoff detection of concealed threats. In Phase I, Intelligent Optical Systems (IOS), in collaboration with the Center for Terahertz Research at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, demonstrated the feasibility of detecting explosives underneath cloth and packaging materials via the reflection of THz radiation. In Phase II, the collaboration will establish the distance limits for standoff detection of concealed explosives and weapons using state of the art THz sources and detectors. IOS will develop a unique, innovative, and powerful data fusion process to spatially resolve the location of threats detected by standoff THz reflection spectroscopy over a field of view, and to associate the threat with the corresponding person or object on a video display of the same field of view. Images from the standoff detection system will be obtained safely without the invasion of personal privacy. One Phase II product will be the integrated design of a THz spectrometer and data system capable of detecting and identifying threatening persons and objects from a distance as great as 50 meters. The potential benefits are enormous, and include saving lives and buildings. Commercial potential is in excess of $1Billion.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC050168
Period of Performance: 11/15/2005 - 11/14/2007
Award/Contract Value: $750,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $750,000.00