Sensor maker scores three defense contracts

McQ Inc., a maker of sensor technologies, has won three defense contracts totaling more than $8 million.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency awarded work for sensor development to McQ of Fredericksburg, Va. The company will produce an acoustic triangulation system to be developed under a Phase III Small Business Innovative Research award. It will use ad hoc sensor network communications along with acoustic processing to locate explosions.

Under a contract from the Army Research Lab, McQ will develop enhanced OmniSense remote intrusion sensor technology. OmniSense is a surveillance product that integrates sensors and imagers, fuses multiple sensor data and creates networked system. It is used to monitor activities in remote areas and report information automatically back to users. It can detect vehicles, people moving on roads or pathways, aircraft flying in an area and motorized boats on rivers and lakes.

McQ also received production subcontracts from Nova Engineering Inc., a wireless and digital communications systems company in Cincinnati. Under the subcontracts, McQ will offer automated imaging for the Marine Corps' Tactical Remote Sensor System. This remote battlefield-sensor system is used to track enemy activities night and day.

McQ makes remote sensor technology solutions for the federal government, state governments and defense contractors. Among its other federal customers are the Federal Highway Administration, General Services Administration, Homeland Security and Transportation departments, the U.S. Special Operations Command, and the Air Force, Army and Navy.

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