AI Augmented K9

Connecting law enforcement to K9/EOD globally.

VaporEdge Cloud is a unique product in the global marketplace. We have the ability to deploy the VaporEdge framework in a few days while competitors require a minimum of three to six months and roughly 6,000 working hours for a base installation.

Our goal is to present a high-level discussion of the applications relevant to the interdisciplinary subject matter experts working with CPS.

AI and machine learning require massive data sets to have actionable predictive power. As data scientists we always want more historical and real-time data to strengthen our predictive capabilities. Implementing an AI Augmented Vapor Wake dog or the “VaporEdge” requires a cloud at the edge; global, secure, encrypted, connectivity in challenging environments, and the broad availability of interchangeable sensors to meet the needs of evolving use cases.

Dog Profile
Image by Jason Jarrach

The Dog:

  • Operational dynamics (e.g. K9/human performance, monitoring, and assessment)

  • Targets (emphasis on an all threats approach).

K9 wearables have potential value in all 3 domains:

  • AI applications to facilitate monitoring and enabling/facilitating dog-handler ‘communications’ and assessment of (K9) well-being and performance in real-time.

  • Opportunities to extend the sentinel capabilities of the dog with wearable sensor technologies (e.g. electronic/explosives/chemical/biological/nuclear...).

  • Refining capabilities for autonomous guidance.

COVID-19 Virus Detection:


AUCVM-CPS established (and published) that dogs can detect viral odor signatures and discriminate between strains of viruses using viral strains that posed no threat to dogs or people. This proof-of-principle has since been extended to explore the abilities of the dog to detect a range of biologicals, including threat agents. A significant technical challenge, for which AUCVM-CPS has pioneered a solution, is conducting this kind of work in a manner that minimizes/eliminates the risk of exposure of dogs and human handlers to threat agents.



The AUCVM-CPS program is pursuing an ‘all threats’ (e.g. chemicals, explosives, biologicals, electronics) approach to the advancement of canine detection science and related technologies.


High Priority Use Cases

Virus Screening
Pairing the virus detection capabilities of Vapor Wake dogs with computer vision, video
temperature sensors and facial recognition can streamline and improve the safety of access control for large gatherings.

Cargo Screening
Computer vision can be incorporated with the cameras on the dog to classify and authenticate cargo by shape, written or printed marks, and location. We can scan bar codes at increased standoff distances and add RFID to authenticate and validate the successful screening of the cargo. We can organize and provide instant access to a certified chain of custody for evidentiary data.

Weapons of Mass Destruction
Paring the dog with WMD sensors and the Vapor Wake Digital twin will have an immediate impact on secure WMD operations. WMD sensors can be implemented on the VaporEdge Cloud as long as the sensors do not severely increase the weight of the sensor package. As discussed earlier the VaporEdge implementation offers a broad availability of interchangeable sensors to meet the needs of evolving use cases.