FarSounder Selected for Homeland Security $750,000 SBIR Project

FarSounder announced today that it has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security to Develop a Proptotype Underwater Threat Detection System for port security applications. This $750,000 Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Grant is a result of a recently completed Phase I Feasibility Study and Proof of Concept testing at Quonset Point, RI as part of their Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) SBIR.

The FarSounder team's goal is to produce a low cost commercialized 3D sonar system for underwater threat detection. The system will provide the first underwater port security system practical for use in all US ports and along extensive areas of US coastlines and inland waterways. This system will be based on the FarSounder 3D sonar technology utilizing COTS components. This will leverage FarSounder`s advanced processing techniques to increase the system's performance when compared to currently available port security sonars.

Benefits include increased protection of ports, critical waterside infrastructures and other fixed shoreline sites and prevention of attacks affecting large areas of local populations such as those near LNG terminals. Spinoff products will include Ship Protection Systems (SPS) applicable for both Navy and private vessel use.

Currently used for obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation, FarSounder FS-3 COTS sonars are capable of generating a complete 3-dimensional image of the sea floor and in-water objects at navigationally significant ranges with a single ping. This new sonar technology revolutionizes marine navigation, especially in shallow areas. They offer visualization of a clear, easy to understand 3D sonar image.