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Proposal Number: 0611113
Proposal Title: Signal Processing for a Southern Border Surveillance System
Topic Number: H-SB06.1-004
Phase: Phase I
Organization: Information Systems Laboratories
Address: 10070 Barnes Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92121-2212  
Abstract: There is a vital need to secure the long southern border of the United States, much of its length passing through rural and desolate areas. This can be achieved using a fixed land-based sensor network to detect people and vehicles crossing the border. ISL and DMT have identified a system architecture which makes a southern border security system achievable at an affordable price. A surveillance system based on a ground-moving target indicator (GMTI) radar system designed to detect slow-moving, low radar cross section (RCS) targets and an electro-optical (EO)/infra-red (IR) camera can provide the coverage, update time, all weather performance, and cost effectiveness to make a border surveillance system practical. The key to making the surveillance system effective, and the focus of this effort, is to develop signal processing algorithms to achieve a high probability of detection on small, slow moving targets, such as walking people, in a high clutter environment while maintaining a very low false alarm rate. During Phase I, ISL and DMT will investigate an innovative approach to incorporate the knowledge of the surrounding terrain, wind-blown clutter, sensor fusion, and target tracking to achieve a high detection probability and minimize the false alarm rate.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060118
Period of Performance: 09/01/2006 - 03/15/2007
Award/Contract Value: $99,950.39
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,950.39