Improved Contact Association - MP 63-08
Navy SBIR FY2008.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2008.2
Topic No.: N08-168
Topic Title: Improved Contact Association - MP 63-08
Proposal No.: N082-168-0080
Firm: Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street
Suite 600
Reston, Virginia 20190-6242
Contact: James Ferry
Phone: (703) 326-2844
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Abstract: Bayesian Track-to-track association methods have been developed and implemented for the Missile Defense Agency which use both kinematic (position and velocity) and feature information to provide improved track-to-track association. Metron and Adaptive Methods have adapted this technology for use in the USW-DSS to fuse tracks from DFEN and QUIPS based on kinematic information only. The goal of this work is to extend this technology to use features from USW sensors and platforms and thereby provide improved track-to-track association performance in correctly associating tracks from the multiple sources that feed into the common tactical picture.
Benefits: Results from recent exercises such as Valiant Shield 07 have shown that the common tactical picture provided to fleet operators contains numerous duplicate tracks for the same target object. This duplication clutters and confuses the tactical picture. The fleet needs a system to accurately and automatically associate tracks from the same object. Successful incorporation of feature information into a track-to-track association system for USW-DSS will provide a clearer tactical picture, improve situational awareness, and lead to more efficient asset allocation.