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Proposal Number: 0512015
Proposal Title: Phase II: The BioSonics UnderWater ACoustic Sentinel (UWACS), a Low Cost Underwater Threat Detection System
Topic Number: H-SB05.1-004
Phase: Phase II
Organization: BioSonics, Inc.
Address: 4027 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107-5045  
Abstract: The purpose of this Phase II project is to develop, build and test a fully functional, multi-node UnderWater ACoustic Sentinel (UWACS) production prototype system for homeland security applications. The UWACS system is intended to detect and classify divers (and other human intruders) underwater and on the surface in harbors, ports, and other waterside sites susceptible to such intrusion. BioSonics has been an industry leader in the field of sonar for fisheries and underwater habitat assessment for 28 years. In Phase I, BioSonics succeeded in developing, building and field testing a research prototype UWACS active acoustic system, capable of detecting, locating and tracking underwater swimmers and surface craft at ranges greater than 300 meters in complex, shallow, saltwater environments. In Phase II, the UWACS research prototype system will be enhanced to support multiple networked scanning acoustic nodes, simultaneously providing data to the master control unit to allow adaptive wide sector coverage. BioSonics will develop a user friendly Graphic User Interface (GUI) to enable complete system configuration capability, surveillance sector visualization, target assessment and localization. System data output protocols will be industry compatible. The commercialization potential of the BioSonics UWACS system for homeland security, defense, public and private sector markets is tremendous.
Award/Contract Number: D06PC75600 (formerly NBCHC060092)
Period of Performance: 09/07/2006 - 12/31/2011
Award/Contract Value: $750,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $750,000.00