Founded in 2003, Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. is a leading electro-optic sensor developer exploiting a fundamental phenomenon of light, called polarization, to reveal details undetected by other imaging devices. Our research has resulted in the development of novel imaging sensors in wavebands of light from the visible to the long wave infrared. These sensors, referred to as Polarization Imagers, solve difficult detection and imaging issues for military and commercial applications. Our enhanced polarization imagers are designed to operate in a specific waveband or a combination of wavebands best suited for the application. Starting with only scientific concepts, we have delivered highly-specialized sensors funded by the military that have evolved into laboratory instruments as well as small, rugged prototype systems suitable for agriculture, construction, surveillance, targeting, tracking and inspection. Advanced algorithms and calibration software enable the systems to operate beyond the performance of traditional cameras. Today, the applied research investment exceeds 25 million dollars and commercial off the shelf products are being field tested and readied for the commercial market.

Polaris is a prime governmental contractor with wholly owned subsidiaries focused on commercializing a number of its technologies, including fire detectors, smoke grenades and imaging polarimeters. Knowflame, and Knowmore, Inc. are purposefully formed to accept investment, ease exports, and contract and price with flexibility. When the time is right we move quickly into the commercial markets. For this reason, we seek external partners to develop novel and high-value products.•Be the first to embrace new technology, be an early adopter, a market disrupter, and lead with our assistance.

Why focus on Polarization?

Polarization is a fundamental property of light not readily utilized in commercial cameras. Polarization can add range, improve specificity and provide details not delivered by other imaging technologies. The polarization signature of man-made objects and certain natural substances are different than the surrounding background, thus providing additional contrast in polarization imagery when compared to standard thermal or visible imagery. For this reason, objects that blend in to the background when using standard thermal and visible cameras often stand out in polarization imagery.

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. has been an industry leader, designer and developer of imaging systems providing daylight detail in the dark as well as visibility in low contrast conditions for military and scientific entities.

A Guide to Awarding Sole-Source Contracts in the WOSB Program

Section 825 of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act provided agencies with statutory authority to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) through the WOSB Federal Contract Program in certain NAICS codes. Polaris Sensor Technologies operates within these specially designated codes Research and Development 54712 and Engineering Services 541330. Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc. is a certified woman owned small business.