Research & Technology
Technical Business Unit
Combining engineering, science and technology expertise; BRC improved system performance on Contract R&D (CRADA) and Small business Innovative Research (SBIR) programs supporting the DoD, NASA, USN, and USAF.
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
As a leader in Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, BRC has developed the Cognitive Object Reasoning Engine (CORE). The CORE toolkit is an advanced framework for building “intelligent” computer applications. It is composed of a set of user-friendly development tools that facilitate the incorporation of intelligent decision making modules into new and existing applications.
Semiotic Digital Encoding (SDE)
Semiotic Digital Encoding (SDE) is a revolutionary technology that can provide secure, lossless compression of structured message sets. Having been built off of our CORE AI Toolkit, the system provides a perfect adjunct to AI/ML systems that communicate between platforms in the modern battlespace.
Utilizing a notch filter centered in the H2O water absorpotion band and some basic image processing, FogCutterTM provides a patented, inexpensive way to be able to see through fog. Because of the simple nature of this process, FogCutter can be retro-fitted onto many existing camera systems. FogCutter can be used over a distance. Initial testing has shown FogCutter to be operational at distances of over 1km. FogCutter has many practical uses in both the civilian and military worlds:
Facility perimeter security
Situational Awareness systems
Flight Line inspection
Emergency Landing Hazard Detection
BRC has demonstrated the feasibility of an AI Machine Vision system for alerting pilots of small fixed-wind aircraft to landing hazards. This system runs in real-time at video rates and can be implement in a low cost, low SWaP self-contained device (AI at the Edge).
Panoramic Thermal Video
BRC has developed a method to provide full 360 degree video from a single thermal camera without the need for stitching, or mechanical panning. Panoramic video from a single camera means reduced latency, size, weight and power compared to competing day/night surveillance systems.
AI Mine & Ordnance Detection
BRC’s Ordnance Detection prototype uses Low Cost (webcams, uncooled thermal sensors and COTS AI processors to provide a modular AI/ML inference engine that can be quickly updated as the threat changes. It is sensor agnostic so it can use direct video/imager feeds from bomb suits, EOD robots, EOD vehicles and UAS/UAV surveillance cameras. BRC has been working with FMF Technologies’ SORD database for training.
The OSCLR Effect
The technology of COGS Glasses blocks out distractions by presenting non-biologic (i.e. non-threatening) patterns to the peripheral vision, allowing the wearer to focus more intently and remain alert longer. Originally marketed to computer gamers, the Optically Stimulated Cognitive Load Regulation (OSCLR) effect of COGS has been found to help concentration and retention in distracted learners.
Sensor Modeling & Analysis
Members of the TBU have experience with a special domain of sensor modeling, particular to space-based LWIR surveillance systems. BRC maintains a library of conceptual design and analysis tools for modeling the performance of such sensors.