Technology International Incorporated 0f Virginia
Department of Homeland Security-HSARPA

See Thru Eye

Contract Number: NBCHC040106; Department of Homeland Security; The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA); Washington D.C.; August 26, 2004 to September 25, 2004


SBIR TOPIC TITLE:  Ship Compartment Inspection Device

TECHNOLOGY AREAS:  Maritime Platforms

Government Program Managers: Dr. Kirk Evans, DHS S&T/HSARPA; James Fletcher; U.S. Coast Guard Research & Development Center; and Gerald R. Kirwin; DHS S&T/HSARPA

PI: Richard E. Jarka

Project Team: Dr. Edwin D. Stevens; Dr. Ajay Mahajan; Dr. Abdo A. Husseiny; and Dr. Zeinab A. Sabri



Richard E. Jarka; Edwin D. Stevens; Ajay Mahajan; Abdo A. Husseiny and Zeinab A. Sabri (September 2004). See Thru Eye. Technology International Incorporated of Virginia (TII-VA); Contract Number NBCHC040106; The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA); Department of Homeland Security; Washington D.C.



This effort involves a feasibility study based on an in-depth investigation into technologies that would be applied in ship compartments inspection to ensure full space accountability. A trade study identified the most promising technology for a handheld, man-portable See-Thru-Eye instrument capable of penetrating a host of barriers of different thicknesses and construction material including wood, fiberglass, plastics and steel and of seeing through walls, bulkheads, etc. to accurately analyze and provide information on hidden material with minimal or no disruption of commercial and private properties. The baseline design employs a combination of non destructive techniques based on x-ray technology and infrasound technology. The See-Thru-Eye is appropriate for remote inspection of concealed compartments as well as for detection of illegal cargo in the open environment aboard marine vessels. Illegal cargo includes smuggled illegal migrants and contraband (such as explosives, drugs, etc.). The See-Thru-Eye can be used by a broad range of U.S. Coast Guard personnel; with little or no advanced technical education and requires minimal training to become efficient in its operation.

See-Thru-Eye has a wide range of military and commercial applications, especially in non-intrusive inspection of containers at ports of entry, aboard air, sea, or land transportation vehicles; trucks leaving or entering security gates; packaged contraband, detection of stashed drugs or buried explosives.


The overall goal of this project is to provide a portable, easy to use device that allows the U.S. Coast Guard boarding parties to discriminate between innocent and suspicious compartments during interdiction and search of suspect marine vessels. The objectives include development of See-Thru-Eye system requirements and feasibility metrics, investigation into alternate technologies that ensure full space accountability on maritime platforms; conceptualization of the See-Thru-Eye, development of the See-Thru-Eye design, analysis and evaluation of the feasibility of the See-Thru-Eye, and development of Phase II plans. The capabilities include expertise in see-thru-the-wall; standoff detection of hidden explosives and unexploded ordnance and contraband detection; asymmetric threats and terrorist organizations and risk analysis, security procedures for detection of aberrant behavior, and situation awareness; use of infrasound in detection of low flying objects, and employment of ultrasonic in various military and commercial applications, teleoperation of robotics, and spatial effects on sensing.