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Interview have most affected our ability to collect, dis- seminate and analyze data from the oceans? Similar to the third question, increases in computing power allow MIRK and other Prometheus algorithms to work in real time, in a single pass on board a variety of Navy and other defense systems. The creation of numerous platforms including UUVs and AUVs that will beneÞ t signiÞ cantly from the integration of Prometheus algorithms also allows in- creased data collection and analysis of results.The premise of your Þ rm sounds fairly straight- forward: to use software solutions in lieu of more timely and costly hardware switches. Give perspective, if you will, on how prevalent this concept is today in the subsea industry. The concept is prevalent due to technology advances and budget constraints, but the integration of truly autono- mous, real-time, single pass software is rare. What do you consider the greatest challenges to making it more commonplace? One great challenge is connecting small business technology/software developers with DoD and prime contrac- tors. It is difÞ cult, particularly for businesses new to defense contracting, to understand the speciÞ c needs and systems. The contracting process itself also stands in the way to innovative software integration. What initiatives speci Þ cally do you as a com- pany engage to help spread your solutions? We present at conferences, actively review govern- ment opportunities on FedBizOpps, actively seek out oppor- tunities on the web and contact the relevant people, arrange meetings, and develop partnerships and hire people with ex- perience with various market segments. Military spending has increasingly come under tight constraints. How has this impacted your business (ie. have you seen an uptick in attract- ing business by showing how various tasks can be accomplished more cost effectively?) This allows us to sell our message more effectively - to improve our customersÕ system performance by the formu- lation, design and integration of accurate and computationally efÞ cient algorithms. What do you consider the biggest challenge to running your business, ef Þ ciently and effective- ly, today? The tremendous burden of contracting and other regulations on small businesses. Each person who works for Prometheus must be able to do a little bit of everything, as op- posed to larger companies who have departments to deal with contracting, security, etc. Prometheus Inc., incorporated in 1983, is a mathematics and engineering research Þ rm that specializes in the ap- plication of high-level mathematics to modeling, simula- tion and signal processing. Its objective is to improve its customersÕ system performance by the formulation, design and integration of accurate and computationally efÞ cient algorithms. Developers of radar, sonar and oceanographic systems which require management and analysis of large amounts of data are our principal customers. In most cases it eliminates the need for changes in hardware. Its goal: Provide mathematical solutions and real-time code to improve system performance at reduced costs. Prometheus has provided computationally efÞ cient math-ematical solutions for: remote material discrimination with radar and sonar; feature-based pattern recognition; real time broadband reverberation modeling; closely spaced object discrimination; waveform diversity, particularly for space-based radar and the Advanced Acquisition Decision Aid to evaluate technology investments. Supported by the U.S. Navy, Air Force and National Reconnaissance OfÞ ce ,Prometheus developed algorithms leading to the automatic determination and discrimination, in intense clutter, of or- ganic materials including foliage, people, chemicals and bi-ologicals at various temperatures and moisture content, as well as man-made objects such as submarines and mines. Its algorithms compute materials identiÞ cation in real time from scattered measurements, have good noise rejection and are robust to clutter. Its success in providing the Fleet with information not available in todayÕs operational sonar systems is exempliÞ ed by the FY12 award of a $3 million Rapid Innovation Fund contract by the Navy, which funded only 34 of the several thousand proposals received. 21 Arnold Ave., Newport, R.I., U.S. 02840 21 Arnold Ave., Newport, R.I., U.S. 02840 Tel: 1-401-849-5389 Tel: 1-401-849-5389 Email Email Website: Website: CEO/President: Jim ByrnesCEO/President: Jim Byrnes Number of Employees: 26 Number of Employees: 26 20 MTRNovember/December 2013MTR #9 (18-33).indd 20MTR #9 (18-33).indd 2012/12/2013 11:07:51 AM12/12/2013 11:07:51 AM

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