Botts Innovative Research, Inc (Botts-Inc) specializes in the design and application of open standards for sensor systems within the intelligence, defense, and scientific communities.




The team at Botts Innovative Research, Inc. has been engaged in a wide variety of projects, applying and developing expertise in the application of sensor webs and data processing within these technical areas. Many of these projects overlap and are divided here only to reflect the various skill sets that have been developed and applied.

Fusion and visualization of disparate sensor data.
Both while at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and through Botts-Inc., the team has been engaged in visualization and analysis of disparate sensor data within decision support tools. With the development of the initial versions of Space Time Toolkit in 1995 and its evolution and continued maintenance today, the team has vast experience with providing users with interactive graphical representation of data, as well as on-demand data processing and client-server interaction.

Geolocation of data from a wide variety of remote sensors.
Beginning first with satellite-borne sensors and then moving to airborne and ground-based sensors, the team has 15+ years of experience in the geolocation of remotely sensed data. In addition to promotion of the benefits of on-demand geolocation and processing, the team has been working with the Community Sensor Model (CSM) arena to help establish standards for describing remote sensors and processing their data.

Application of sensor webs to "detect and react".
The importance of sensors is that they can provide actionable information. Additionally, information derived one one set of sensors calls for the tasking of other sensors to verify or gain additional actionable information. The Botts-Inc team has been exercising and testing the application of web services to enable workflows for supporting these "detect and react"cycles.

Processing and fusion of video from multiple sources.
At Botts-Inc, we believe that a video camera is just another sensor and should be treated as one. This includes video cameras on-board aircraft as well as ground-based cameras on static or dynamic platforms. In addition to dealing with the traditional challenges of video (e.g. high-volume, rapid-update), we are promoting and demonstrating the need to provide adequate sensor description and adequate ancillary data to support processing and fusion of these video observations with data from other sources.

Enabling airborne resources in a sensor web environment.
From airborne scanners, imagers, and video cameras, the team has been involved in research and development surrounding airborne assets. In addition to on-demand geolocation of airborne observations, the team at Botts-Inc is exploring concepts for on-board web services and processing using SWE standards.

Participation in military/intelligence testbeds.
In 2008, the Botts-Inc team participated in the preparation and month-long Empire Challenge exercise which provides and testing ground for new sensors and sensor-oriented information technology. In addition, the team has been engaged in other defense/intelligence demonstration projects, mostly through the interoperability projects funded by various government agencies and conducted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

Supporting common sensor models within the intelligence, defense, and science communities.
The Botts-Inc Team has been engaged in developing common models and standards in support of sensors used within the defense and intelligence communities. This includes sensors associated with airborne systems, Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS), CBRNE, MASINT, ocean buoys, video, and weather monitoring.