CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Etegent Technologies Ltd., a high-tech, research and development company, today announced that it has been awarded a Phase I SBIR from the U.S. Air Force to build performance models for feature-aided trackers. For this project, Etegent will leverage its prior performance estimation libraries developed for high resolution radar (HRR), synthetic-aperture radar (SAR), laser detection and ranging (LADAR), and vibrometry sensors for a different application area.

According to the official Air Force SBIR solicitation (AF103-192), "The expected output of Phase I would be an analysis and report that mathematically and algorithmically described the integrated performance model and feature aided tracker." For Etegent, this project represents an opportunity to expand upon its experience with sensor exploitation for the military and its work in the field of algorithm performance modeling.

"Tracking objects across multiple complex environments using wide area persistent sensors is an important technical challenge," said Adam Nolan, chief technology officer for Etegent. "This is an exciting problem area with many industrial and military applications, and this project will allow us to demonstrate our capabilities in the fields of performance prediction and feature aided tracking algorithms."

The overarching goal of performance modeling is to map knowledge of sensor, environment, and target state to specific target exploitation capability. An exploitation algorithm that utilizes this knowledge can be used for a variety of applications, from offline mission planning and online confidence reporting, to optimization of the signal processing chain.

About Etegent Technologies
Etegent Technologies, Ltd., formerly SDL, is a high-tech, R&D-focused company conducting state-of-the-art research in automatic target recognition utilizing radar, LADAR, image, vibrometry and other data types; health monitoring of turbine engines and other assets; non-destructive inspection data management and mining; mechatronic product development; and other areas. The company partners with leading companies, consultants and academics to form research teams that aid organizations across a variety of industries. Etegent's customers include the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, the U.S. Navy, Science Applications International Corporation, Ball Aerospace, Emerson Electric, Proctor and Gamble and many other government and commercial entities. For more information, visit

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