Technology Licensing

Technology Licensing
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As you can imagine, a technology company like QS engages in a wide variety of research and development activities, and is constantly inventing new solutions and building products. Some of this work is under contract to a specific firm, and the technology stays with them. In other cases, QS leverages or builds upon a technology base that has been developed internally, or is able to retain license to the tech/product that can be marketed directly by QS or its licensees. QS has technology in every area we are involved in, from robotics to forensics to video analytics to training and simulation and beyond. These technologies, or some derivative thereof, are available for license and inclusion into your product or process.

Can you buy items “off the shelf” or “shrink-wrapped” from QS? Well, it depends on the product or technology. Some products, like the QS Biometrics Database, TRAP, or TDS can be purchased and used with little guidance beyond training. Other technologies, and particularly the ones that are perception algorithm-based, is application dependent; the face tracking algorithm that works outstandingly for broadcast television feeds may not be the one you want to use for your point-of-sale ID application, the video surveillance module intended to track people will not necessarily track vehicles, and so on. We are absolutely committed to customer satisfaction, and thus do not market shrink-wrapped modules without directly engaging the client. This helps to ensure success for all involved.

If your organization has an existing or planned application that could benefit from QS technology, we will work with you to understand the application, and to adapt or hybridize our tech to meet the specific requirements of your application. QS can provide you with a custom SDK to meet your particular needs, thus ensuring optimal performance and satisfaction. Licensing rates vary by product, but generally it is a base license fee plus royalty per external sale. Some of the technologies and products available include:

UGV Teleoperation Technology

Software codebase infrastructure that enables effective, robust teleoperation of unmanned ground vehicles. The system includes components that run onboard the UGV as well as operator control units (OCUs), and supports teleoperation across a range of vehicle classes (mini, man-transportable, UTV class, larger), operational speeds (from 0 to 80 mph and beyond), radio configurations, and more. Infrastructure easily integrated with variety of hardware (sensors, platforms, controllers, etc) and enhancements (autonomy kernels, shared control modules, ODOA technologies, more). For more information, see Robotics pages or email

UGV Autonomy Technology

Algorithms and software codebase for automated/semi-automated control of UGVs. This includes obstacle detection and avoidance, path-planning, “guarded motion” style behaviors, point-and-go control, GPS or vision-based waypoint following, and more. Supports wheeled, tracked, and other mobility configurations, and leverages a variety of sensor types and resolutions/update rates. Integrates with QS teleoperation package or other systems as needed. For more information, see Robotics pages or email

Real-time Vehicle Vision and Road Sign Reading Technology

Cutting-edge image processing software that enables real-time roadway perception from forward-looking monocular camera. Robust roadsign tracking, detection, analysis, and identification system that supports symbolic, textual, or mixed signage. Other capabilities include lane departure warning, vision-based speedometer, headway measurement, surrounding vehicle tracking, and more. Anti-saturation technology available to help prevent camera blindness. Can be ported to variety of computing platforms and architectures. For more information, please visit our Automotive Safety page or email

ANVEL UGV Simulator

The Autonomous Navigation Vehicle Environment Laboratory, or ANVEL, is a suite of real-time, desktop UGV simulation software. ANVEL can be used to research, develop, test, and evaluate UGV systems and subsystems in a virtual environment, and is being used by dozens of academic, governmental, and industrial organizations worldwide. QS licenses ANVEL and provides specialized consulting and support for the product. For more information, see the ANVEL page or email

Quantum Signal Biometrics Database (QSBD)

A mult-modal database for use in testing and refining biometric recognition algorithms. Includes extensive facial stills, CD quality speech recordings, and continuous video taken in a controlled environment. For more information, see the Biometrics Database page or email

These are but a few examples. If you're interested in any of these or something on this site strikes your fancy, don't hesitate to let us know at or call 734-429-9100.


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