Surface Composite Tracker Component
Navy SBIR FY2014.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2014.1
Topic No.: N141-036
Topic Title: Surface Composite Tracker Component
Proposal No.: N141-036-0004
Firm: Numerica Corporation
5024 Technology Parkway
Suite 100
Fort Collins, Colorado 80528
Contact: Nate Knight
Phone: (970) 461-2000
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Abstract: Surface target tracking in the littoral environment is challenging because of a combination of issues including the presence of highly maneuverable small water-craft, occlusions due to waves or larger vessels, and the inability of any single shipboard sensor to maintain coverage on all objects at all times. This program seeks to develop a solution that intelligently combines data from multiple sensors to overcome these challenges. Numerica is an industry leader in the development of multi-sensor, multi-target tracking algorithms and has successfully deployed high-quality tracking systems in many domains. Under previous Navy funded efforts, Numerica developed specializations of its multi-hypothesis tracking system to the surface domain that included small boat cluster tracking, small boat maneuver models, fusion of radar and EO/IR sensor data, merged measurement processing for surface search radars, and mitigation techniques for residual sensor biases. In the proposed Phase I effort, Numerica plans to demonstrate how this mature technology can be leveraged to establish a high-quality surface track picture for Aegis. Numerica will develop concepts for further specialization of the tracking system to the unique problems faced by Aegis and will establish a plan for providing a capability that could be readily transitioned into the Navy's product line architecture.
Benefits: The proposed technology will provide the Aegis Weapon System and other surface combat systems with the capability to associate and fuse data from a variety of sources to produce a high quality surface target track picture. The new capability will improve situational awareness for surface combatants and could also provide improved surveillance capabilities for port and coastal security applications.