Capabilities


Electronics Engineering

Specializations


  • Custom electronic circuit design and production
  • Ruggedized electronics for mobile (marine & ground) applications
  • Real time embedded systems
  • Data acquisition, instrumentation distributed IO and control
  • Military communication suites
  • Controller Area Network (CAN)
  • Digital Video Recording

Circuit Design


Azimuth currently has design and development capabilities for custom circuit boards containing integrated circuits and passive devices in both through-hole and surface-mount packages. This includes, but is not limited to, TSSOP (25 mil pitch), 0603 packages as well as surface-mount connectors and other miniature components.

Current engineering design experience includes layout of multi-layer boards containing ultra-fine pitch (20 mil spacing) components with inner power and ground planes that decrease electrical noise in digital circuits while providing clean power rails throughout the board.

Previous designs include:
  • redundant power supplies
  • analog and digital design
  • embedded devices and systems
  • portable systems with built-in portable (battery) power packs with integral charging circuitry including lithium-ion designs
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Major Projects and Programs


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WVU Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)

Azimuth was the prime contractor for the design, manufacture and delivery of the Vehicle Control and Communications Subsystem (VCCS).  The VCCS is a component of the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT) for West Virginia University’s (WVU) autonomous transportation system.  The PRT system is a fully automated transit system with five passenger stations, approximately 8.7 lane miles of guide way, and 71 passenger vehicles.

Azimuth worked with Boeing to redesign Boeing’s Phase II VCCS, which consisted of 21 circuit boards and reduced the board count to four highly sophisticated circuit boards.

The VCCS provides control command to the vehicle, identifies and transmits vehicle status to the Station Control and Communications Subsystem (SCCS), and receives commands from the SCCS. The system is designed for fail safe operation and incorporates series and parallel redundancy for all safety critical functions. The VCCS controls all vehicle functions while en route and at station berths including stopping, starting, acceleration, deceleration, steering, door functions, and fault monitoring/reporting.

Software Engineering

When customers are looking for reliable software solutions they turn to Azimuth. Our software project teams are small, agile and can bring rapid solutions to the needs of our customers. We excel in easy to use, intuitive and reliable software by using our "best practices" approach based on experience and leading industry standards.



Major Projects and Programs

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Craft Integrated Electronics Suite (CIES®) Integrated Bridge System


Azimuth's CIES® bridge system is a robust command and control system for military patrol boats and workboats. CIES® is modular and can be expanded or reduced allowing for customization. CIES® brings together craft navigation, engine, power, weather sensors and more into a reliable, intuitive integrated interface.

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CIES® Biometrics Enrollment System (CBES®)


When additional security was requested for the CIES® system, Azimuth responded by developing a biometric enrollment system. Using COTS sensors and hardware, a software enrollment application was created to:

  • perform enrollments (craft, friendly, hostile, and unknown entities)
  • compare enrollments to local and national database watch lists
  • control craft personnel access to the integrated bridge

CBES® delivered a biometric addition for a proven software system to the U.S. Navy.

GIS / Infrastructure Analysis

When you are looking for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solution, Azimuth has extensive experience using the latest software and applications to create, analyze, and publish maps and GIS. Our analysts have worked with numerous geospatial applications and analyzed satellite and other aerial imagery. Our teams see beyond the data by combining this imagery with geo-referenced information about a place to identify patterns and relationships that would otherwise go undetected.

Our team engineers and produces visually appealing mapping products, specializing in large format presentation maps, scalable operational maps, web-based interactive mapping applications, GeoPDFs, and digital imagery.

For More Information: Azimuth GIS Capabilities Brochure
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Expertise

  • Site Suitability Studies
  • Terrain Analysis (utilizing DEMS, LiDAR, and other elevation data)
  • Network Analysis
  • Critical Infrastructure/Key Resources (CIKR) analyses, data creation and collection, and geodatabase creation.

Software Solutions

  • ESRI ArcGIS
  • ESRI ArcSDE
  • ESRI ArcGIS for Server
  • ESRI ArcGIS Viewer for Adobe Flex
  • Google Earth
  • ENVI

Dept Homeland Security

DHS Workshop Background Packages Support

Azimuth’s GIS & Mapping Group, in conjunction with our Intelligence Group, created a comprehensive background packages for various cities of interest in support of a DHS-sponsored series of municipal jurisdictions table-top exercises. Azimuth’s background packages provided the DHS analysts an overview of a city where a scenario project meeting and workshop would be held.

Customized, secure web mapping applications were created by Azimuth for the DHS allowing their own analysts to identify features geographically. The web map interface gave the analysts a portable method to create their own map views on the fly, allowing workshop discussions to evolve naturally without the need for scripting. Included with Azimuth’s custom web maps are tools tailored for the DHS’s need: identify tool, draw tool, measuring tool, bookmarks, and customizable distance buffer rings. The web maps have road, terrain, and imagery base map options to meet all display needs.

Each package contains a number of resources:

Critical Infrastructure (CI) Information
Including an analysis of what CI would be affected by small through large scale catastrophic events

Area Assessments
Including a Threat Assessment and current environmental and cultural status

GIS Produced Mapping
Custom maps displaying infrastructure, road networks, and detailed views of areas of concern



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West Virginia National Guard Irregular Warfare Dynamic Scenario Training Support

Azimuth’s GIS & Mapping Group has worked with the West Virginia National Guard to create an Irregular Warfare Dynamic Scenario Training Exercise. Azimuth has generated hundreds of maps using a geodatabase created and maintained in-house, much of the data therein collected and prepared by Azimuth’s GIS analysts.

Specialty maps created by Azimuth for this project include:

  • Wall maps
  • Presentation maps
  • Large format operational maps
  • Red-light readable maps
  • Map books
  • In-house generated topographical maps
  • GeoPDFs
  • Ruggedized field map binders
  • Web maps

Azimuth’s GIS team also uses Terrain Analysis, Network Analysis, and Imagery Analysis to conduct Site Suitability Studies, saving the client valuable time on the ground.

Using a work process that includes a constant feedback loop from our partners, Azimuth has been able to create and control a comprehensive and scalable clearing house of data collected and generated by Azimuth and the West Virginia National Guard.


Manufacturing

From procurement and logistics to light and heavy manufacturing, our manufacturing teams are skilled and equipped with the resources to produce high-end electronics to heavily modified shelter systems.

Our teams have designed and manufactured thousands of electronic circuits and devices and produced rapid prototypes for customers using the latest manufacturing methods and equipment. Azimuth's in-house capability combined with our approved vendors enables us to move fast, control quality, and provide our customer the product they envision.
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Major Projects and Programs

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Tactical DNA Laboratories


When BAE and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities (JEFF) Technical Design, Integration and Support Team needed a company to rapidly design and construct tactical DNA laboratory complexes utilizing Mobile Facilities Program (MFP) Shelters, they came to Azimuth. Azimuth refurbished “Fleet Return” containers into a new, usable configuration.

Upgrades included modern Environmental Control Units (ECU), flooring, epoxy paint, and laboratory furniture custom designed by Azimuth. Azimuth designed and constructed a unique overpressure system that maintains a clean working environment matching fixed facility modern hospital standards. The electrical wiring and distribution was upgraded to accommodate sensitive laboratory equipment as well as backup power generation.
The laboratory complexes are fully networked to accommodate data feeds from instrumentation as well as NIPRNET and SIPRNET connectivity.

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Biometric Identification System for Access (BISA)


U.S. troops face daily threats from terrorists and insurgents with their only refuge often being the safety of U.S. military facilities. The December 2004 suicide bombing of a U.S. military dining facility killed 22 people and demonstrated that bases are not always impenetrable. Thanks to a first-of-its-kind biometric ID system, a team lead by Computer Sciences Corporation fielded BISA to numerous locations. Azimuth is responsible for the design/build of the core system.

With the BISA, the U.S. Military ensured that all foreign nationals with access to U.S. military facilities have been cleared against U.S. databases of known terrorists and suspected enemy combatants. Once cleared, applicants receive biometrically enabled ID cards that must be used every time they enter a U.S. facility.


Biometrics

In the ever-changing world of advanced identification and security, biometrics and biometric systems have moved to the forefront of advancing technologies that are becoming part of everyday life. Our experience includes development, sustainment, and management of large scale multimodal (face, iris, and fingerprint) matching and repository systems as well as design, integration, and fielding of backend biographical and biometric collection systems.

Azimuth has supported the operations and maintenance of the large scale DoD and DOJ fingerprint systems. As a result of our biometrics experience, we are very aware of the strengths and weaknesses of biometric systems and devices. We posses an extensive knowledge of open-source techniques and Government challenge events for spoofing and vulnerabilities of biometric systems and sensors. Azimuth has been actively involved in Biometrics and Forensic Science for over 12 years.


Major Program / Systems Supported


  • DoD Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS)
  • FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS)
  • Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) in their Capabilities Based Assessment for Biometrics
  • National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Sensor, Surveillance, and Biometric Technologies (SSBT) Center of Excellence (CoE) Program


Azimuth Biometrics System Development


Azimuth has gained significant experience with the software and hardware of commercially available and research fingerprint collection devices and systems. Azimuth has designed, implemented, and fielded many fingerprint collection and matching systems using national and international standards. These standards create interoperability and improved lifecycle management for the biometric systems and signatures collected. All biometric systems Azimuth created included integration of fingerprint devices.



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ID ProTECT


Identification-based Decision Processes To Enable Confident Transactions (ID ProTECT) was a prototype DoD Common Access Card (CAC) system designed to establish and exercise a friendly personnel biometrics repository. ID ProTECT interfaces to Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) and other access control applications. Azimuth designed, built and tested a high throughput biometric collection system to provide biometric signatures.

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CIES® Biometrics Enrollment System (CBES®)


Craft Integrated Electronics Suite (CIES®) Biometrics Enrollment Station (CBES®) – This biometric project played a vital role in a Maritime Biometrics Technology Demonstration and Experiment in the fall of 2010 in support of a requirement for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The CBES® integrated a biometrics server and sensors on board the Stiletto that provided logical and physical access authentication services for the boat crew and had a reach back capability to national repositories for persons of interest identification. The event was held on the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, Virginia.

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Tactical DNA Labs


When BAE and Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facilities (JEFF) Technical Design, Integration and Support Team needed a company to rapidly design and construct tactical DNA laboratory complexes utilizing Mobile Facilities Program (MFP) Shelters, they came to Azimuth. Azimuth refurbished “Fleet Return” containers into a new, usable configuration.

Upgrades included modern Environmental Control Units (ECU), flooring, epoxy paint, and laboratory furniture custom designed by Azimuth. Azimuth designed and constructed a unique overpressure system that maintains a clean working environment matching fixed facility modern hospital standards. The electrical wiring and distribution was upgraded to accommodate sensitive laboratory equipment as well as backup power generation.
The laboratory complexes are fully networked to accommodate data feeds from instrumentation as well as NIPRNET and SIPRNET connectivity.

Azimuth Inc. has manufactured five tactical forensics DNA labs that are currently deployed.


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Biometric Identification System for Access (BISA)


U.S. troops face daily threats from terrorists and insurgents with their only refuge often being the safety of U.S. military facilities. The December 2004 suicide bombing of a U.S. military dining facility killed 22 people and demonstrated that bases are not always impenetrable. Thanks to a first-of-its-kind biometric ID system, a team lead by Computer Sciences Corporation fielded BISA to numerous locations. Azimuth is responsible for the design/build of the core system.

With the BISA, the U.S. Military ensures that all foreign nationals with access to U.S. military facilities have been cleared against U.S. databases of known terrorists and suspected enemy combatants. Once cleared, applicants receive biometrically enabled ID cards that must be used every time they enter a U.S. facility.


BCIP Enrollment Program

Biometric Collection Integrated Platform (BCIP)

The Biometric Collection Integrated Platform is a biographical and biometric enrollment system which is a Government owned software suite that has a user intuitive interface and is capable of integrating fingerprint, iris, and face capture sensors from many different vendors. The BCIP project lead by SRA, was initiated because current FBI biometric capture and identification platforms (e.g Quick Capture Platform (QCP), Fly Away (FA) Kit) provide remote enrollment submission and identification response capabilities using different operator interfaces and other proprietary technologies.

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Tactical Latent Camera


The Tactical Latent Camera-Technology Demonstrator (TLC-TD) project was to employ applied Research and Development (R&D) to yield a Technology Demonstrator of relevant technologies for the capture of latent fingerprint images under tactical conditions. Based on previously developed concept models, Azimuth began the development of the necessary components and techniques to optimize latent fingerprint capture.

The TLC-TD has a 4”x3” imaging area. This large imaging area allows for the capture of multiple prints thus using fewer images. The wide field of view also results in better documentation and faster processing. When capturing latent fingerprints, the TLC-TD is automatically configured for a 1000 ppi resolution required for Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS) Latent Fingerprint Submission (LFS) transactions. Having the TLC-TD at a set resolution results in less human processing/intervention, improved accuracy, and increased throughput. The TLC-TD is free to capture images independently without the need for any additional computers, lighting, power supplies, etc. Standalone capability eliminates the need to carry additional light sources, power, tripods, and cameras and simplifies preparation.