Technest Holdings wins SBIR contract to develop miniature 3D sensor for urban combat special ops

BETHESDA, Md., 17 Dec. 2007. Technest Holdings Inc., a 3D imaging company, won an SBIR Phase I grant from the United States Army to develop miniaturized, low-cost processing 3D sensor technology for Near Real-time Structure Mapping for Urban Combat Special Operations.

Dec 17th, 2007

BETHESDA, Md., 17 Dec. 2007. Technest Holdings Inc., a 3D imaging company, won an SBIR Phase I grant from the United States Army to develop miniaturized, low-cost processing 3D sensor technology for Near Real-time Structure Mapping for Urban Combat Special Operations.

The program leverages Technest's expertise in 2D and 3D imaging hardware and software system development, 3D terrain navigation,and multiple target detection/tracking. Using these capabilities, Technest will create a compact integrated 3D sensor system for near real-time high-resolution structure mapping and object recognition.

Technest's sensor system is a complete hardware and software system based on the company's miniature Smart Optical Sensor, called SOS, and its intelligent multisensor fusion and 3D mapping algorithm. The SOS hardware is a flexible data processing and control architecture that can seamlessly integrate multiple sensors to achieve high-speed data acquisition, processing, and communication. Technest's 3D sensing algorithm fuses data from multiple sensors to achieve high-resolution rapid 3D mapping and reliable object recognition.

Gino Pereira, CFO of Technest Holdings, Inc., says, "The technologies developed within this research effort will also prove beneficial to other computer vision applications like 3D target recognition, 3D image registration, and target tracking. The major uses for this product will come from military reconnaissance operations, but there are numerous commercial applications as well, such as building surveillance, and domestic search-and-rescue operations."

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