This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $493,551)
AKELA will capitalize on the investment the Army has made in improving the radar by configuring a system tailored for law enforcement applications and optimized for low manufacturing cost. AKELA will be able to provide a standoff (30+ meters) through-the- wall imaging system that weighs less than 15 lbs., has a total system cost less than $5,000 and will allow Law Enforcement (when faced with hostage taking and terrorist hostage taking) to optimize their chances of a successful outcome.
Deliverable for phase 1 will concentrate on performance goals of: system design for low cost manufacturing and packaging; develop a LE friendly GUI, and receive FCC certification. Deliverable for phase 2 will enhance performance goals to address: system weight reduction to no more than 15 lbs; refine (based on user feedback) the LE GUI system; and incorporate all weather packaging in an acceptable form factor.
The majority of the users of this technology will be local law enforcement.
The goals of this Phase II effort are to refine the system designed in Phase I and to deliver a through-wall imaging system that has been optimized for law enforcement applications, is inherently low cost and high performance, has been extensively evaluated by law enforcement personnel under typical operating conditions, and has been through the FCC certification process. Subgoals include refining the system packaging making it appropriate for every day operational use, to incorporate much of the signal processing in the radar itself allowing the system control to be accomplished with low cost PDA devices, and reducing system weight while maintaining imaging performance.
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