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Abstract

H-SB010.1-001
Rechargeable, High Efficient, High Capacity Energy Storage

N10PC20198 1011045
(FY10.1 Phase I)
Enhanced Charge Retention and Rate Capability in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Fractal Systems, Inc.
108 4th Street
Belleair Beach, FL 33786-3213

05/17/2010
to
11/30/2010
$100,000.00

Fractal Systems Inc proposes to develop lithium ion batteries with significantly improved energy density, charge retention and cycle life compared to existing Li-Ion technologies through the use of improved active materials for powering electronic equipment used in the military and commercial sectors. These cells will consist of anodes made of high surface area high capacity silicon nanostructures with a morphology that will allow to by-pass the effects of volume changes upon cycling. As a result, the cells will yield a long cycle life with a minimal or no capacity fade. The cells built in conjunction with state of the art cell components and packaging will be tested including safety issues to demonstrate feasibility of our approach through charge/discharge cycling and energy capacity studies at various temperatures. Prototypes will be custom designed towards the end of the effort. To ensure success of our three-phase effort, we have teamed up with a major battery R&D and manufacturing company. Materials and processes will be optimized in Phase II towards a viable lithium ion battery technology which would be of great value for portable electronics and appliances, vehicular applications, medical devices, satellites, electric storage for solar cells and wind power stations.

H-SB010.1-001
Rechargeable, High Efficient, High Capacity Energy Storage

N10PC20196 1011071
(FY10.1 Phase I)
Rechargeable, High Density Electric Energy Storage Unit

Florado Entek, Inc.
3342 Red Ash Cir.
Oviedo, FL 32766-8103

05/17/2010
to
11/30/2010
$99,940.65

In this phase I proposal, Florado propose to develop a solid state parallel capacitor as a energy storage unit for hand-held or small appliance applications by using a newly developed polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs). Florado have recently demonstrated that PDCs can have dielectric permittivity as high as 2 millions, greatly exceeding that of any existing materials. The preliminary calculation suggests that the capacitor made of PDCs can have energy density at least 10 times higher than the state of the art Li-Ion batteries, as well as much high charge/discharge rate, longer shelf life, lower cost, and free of liquid hazardous materials. The objectives of the proposed research are to 1) develop a PDCs composite which possesses ultra high permittivity and suitable dielectric strength, 2) design and fabricate the PDCs capacitor, 3) design and fabricate the electrics and packaging, 4) demonstrate the prototypes of proposed energy storage unit with testing results at the end of phase II efforts. The proposed research will significantly advance the electric energy storage technology beyond its current state. The proposed technologies will greatly benefit hand-held electronic devices such as cell phone and other portable devices. Except for those, the technology can be transferred for a variety of applications in other areas, such as the Electric Vehicles (EV) industries, renewable energy industries, and smart grid systems.

H-SB010.2-005
Automated Tool for Assessing Usability

D10PC20046 1021042
(FY10.2 Phase I)
Usability Evaluation and Management System (USEMAN)

Design Interactive, Inc.
1221 East Broadway, Ste. 110
Oviedo, FL 32765-7829

10/15/2010
to
04/28/2011
$98,499.00

This proposal describes the development plan for the USEability Evaluation and Management (USEMAN) system that assists practitioners in the planning, management and execution of different types of usability evaluations by incorporating a variety of tools as well as automatable evaluation capabilities. USEMAN will be a modular and expandable multi-tool system that will integrate tools to assist usability practitioners and incorporate the ability to attach a multitude of optional sensors and data collection attachments. Under this effort a key innovation will be the development of the automatic data collection and analysis capability which will utilize image processing algorithms and practitioner defined areas-of-interest to assess performance on software, hardware and low fidelity interface prototypes (e.g., paper-based mockups).

H-SB011.2-004
Short Standoff Checkpoint Detection Systems for Explosives

D11PC20248 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-004-0004-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Scanning Eye-safe UV Raman Explosives Detection System

Alakai Defense Systems, Inc
7935 114th Ave N
Suite 1100
Largo, FL 33773-5028

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$97,980.00

Alakai proposes to breadboard and design the Chemical Explosives Detection Scanner (CEDS), an Eye-safe, deep UV Raman Scanner/imager to detect explosives chemicals and their precursors, for short standoff trace explosive detection. This system could eventually be integrated into DHS's Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) system to provide a chemical signature of explosives thereby improving the screening effectiveness of personnel and baggage. Alakai is a leader in Standoff UV Raman for DoD applications, as evidenced by being the first known company to undergo an Army technical, operational and human factors evaluation of their standoff checkpoint explosive detection system. This system has detected Ammonium nitrate at trace concentrations in 1s at 25m range and bulk in 1s at 100m range. Alakai can leverage its existing UV Raman capability (proven hardware performance, existing UV Raman library and detection algorithm) to customize a completely eye-safe UV Raman system for TSA screening applications. Utilizing well known scaling equations this performance extrapolates to detection of ~1ng/(cm*cm) of Ammonium nitrate in 1s at a range of 50cm using a small aperture system. In this Phase I project, Alakai will perform key experimental trade studies, construct a small breadboard scanner and complete a conceptual system level design of a UV Raman scanner for DHS/TSA applications. Once integrated into AIT's, this could provide valuable standoff chemical detection of trace quantities of explosives on personnel and baggage which would greatly enhance the screening effectiveness.

H-SB012.1-004
Firearms and Ammunition Test Equipment

HSHQDC-12-C-00031 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-004-0003-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase I)
Development of an Anthropometrically Modifiable Munitions Operator (AMMO) System

Mainstream Engineering Corporation
200 Yellow Place
Rockledge, FL 32955-5327

06/01/2012
to
12/03/2012
$99,972.89

The proposed research plan will start at a TRL 1 and commence with the collection of dynamic recoil response field data using a firearm and ammunition chosen by the DHS for testing. Data will be collected for a firearm operator that classifies as a 90th percentile male, and an operator that classifies as a 50th percentile or smaller female based on height and weight. The data will then be fit to a dynamic human recoil response model. The model will be used to select components for Mainstream's Anthropometrically Modifiable Munitions Operator (AMMO) System. The AMMO system uses a novel method of independently altering spring and damping coefficients to match the human response of different anthropometric classes instantly without swapping components. A single degree-of-freedom prototype will be fabricated and tested in a live-fire setting before the end of the Phase I Base which will conclude at a TRL 3. The live-fire AMMO system data will be validated against the human firing data collected at the beginning of Phase I. The Phase I option will extend the prototype to multiple degrees-of-freedom and will conclude at a TRL 4. Phase II will focus on the packaging and automation of the AMMO system and also extend its live-fire field trial verification to a broader range of anthropometric classes, firearms, and ammunitions. We anticipate a commercial-ready product at the conclusion of Phase II.

H-SB012.2-001
Solid State Storage Investigative Tools for Law Enforcement

HSHQDC-12-C-00075 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-001-0006-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase I)
Forensic Acqusition of Solid State Storage Devices

CPR Tools Inc.
730 East Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL 33935-4483

09/15/2012
to
03/14/2013
$99,987.33

Solid state drives (SSD) suffer from data modification issues caused by internal influences such as those caused by manufacturer implemented functionality designed to increase product life and maintain performance. The purpose of the proposed innovation is to address these issues to provide the capability of acquiring a full forensic data copy while maintaining the forensic integrity of the subject SSD. The solution will be software and firmware based and will not require physical modification of the SSD. Work will include the research and implementation of a method of leveraging manufacturer based commands in order to attain forensic level access to the flash memory. Drive controller firmware research and modification will also be performed with the goal of providing similar forensic level access as well as write-protection of the device interface. An application suite providing a user interface to the proposed functionality as well as a method of reassembling physical memory images into a standard, logical format will also be developed. The output of the reassembly software will be compatible with existing analysis tools. Completion of Phase I and Phase II efforts will result in a comprehensive suite of software and firmware tools capable of retrieving data from SSD drives in a complete and forensically sound manner without physical drive modification. Commercial applications resulting from research and development efforts include a forensic quality SSD image acquisition toolkit for lab or field use, an SSD drive and flash chip data recovery toolkit, and an SSD drive and flash chip data destruction toolkit.

H-SB012.2-003
Objective, Quantitative Image Quality Measurements and Metrics for Screener Imaging Technologies

HSHQDC-12-C-00073 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-003-0007-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase I)
Discriminatory Analysis Display Assessment Toolkit (DADA)

Design Interactive, Inc.
1221 E Broadway
Suite 110
Oviedo, FL 32765-7829

09/15/2012
to
03/14/2013
$99,609.00

The Discriminatory Analysis Display Assessment toolkit (DADA) will provide a methodology and embedded data analysis protocol to assess display technology image quality. DADA will identify the image/display characteristics that significantly impact human visual perception, specifically the ability to perceive and resolve key characteristics of screen objects. Further, DADA will incorporate perceptual characteristics of objects used by baggage screening personnel into an adaptive threshold protocol. This adaptive threshold protocol will establish the human ability to perceive and resolve differences in those key perceptual characteristics. The ability to resolve differences in key perceptual characteristics of objects will be related to the ability of screener's to identify and recognize threats. This will allow for the establishment of a criterion or threshold for image/display characteristics based on realistic human performance and relevant objects. An automated analytical component will then be embedded within the protocol to provide a rapid assessment of image quality of any display technology. This component will provide a simple, easy to interpret visualization of whether image quality affords optimal human performance and what display characteristics do not meet criterion thresholds.

H-SB013.2-005
Commodity Goods Counterfeit Detection

HSHQDC-13-C-00103 HSHQDC-13-R-00032-H-SB013.2-005-0006-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00032 Phase I)
Innovative Materials Analysis to Differentiate Counterfeit from Authentic Products

Constellation Technology
7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 100
Largo, FL 33777-1452

09/20/2013
to
03/19/2014
$99,926.13

Constellation Technology Corporation (Constellation) is recognized as one of the world leaders in Materials Analysis. This abstract is intended to explain Constellation's development of new innovative means for detection of inferior materials to differentiate a visibly identical counterfeit product from the authentic item through advanced materials analysis. This project will be accomplished by Constellation interacting with the various Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operational components and Federal Agencies that have the mission to keep counterfeit goods out of the United States, as well as selective manufacturers of the authentic items; creating an inventory of a selective number of consumer products that have a high economic impact on the counterfeit market; developing an inventory of the materials used to both produce the counterfeit product and the authentic product; performing analysis to prepare an assessment of whether there are any measurable differences between the two sets of materials; and include a survey of available detection technologies and their operational modalities (e.g., CONOPS, mobility, logistics, costs). The successful implementation of the means for detection of counterfeit consumer products developed as part of this project is designed to include the entire supply chain, including cargo containers, distribution warehouses, points of retail sales, and ad-hoc points of sale. Constellation has the world class materials analysis subject matter experts and equipment to provide DHS with new innovative means of counterfeit detection of commodity goods.

H-SB015.1-002
Low-cost, Disposable, Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal

HSHQDC-15-C-00015 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0006-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Proposal for Innovative Next Generation Cargo Seal

Sealock Security Systems, Inc.
11350 NW 36th Terrace
Doral, FL 33178-1887

05/01/2015
to
10/31/2015
$99,467.55

Cargo containers are an attractive target for criminals and other enemies of the state. Yet the most widely adopted method of securing cargo containers--the bolt seal--provides at best limited protection from tampering and illicit entry. Such seals can be defeated quickly and the evidence hidden easily, in a variety of ways. These seals also rely on slow visual inspection to confirm their presence, costing the U.S. valuable man-hours and slowing the flow of commerce while creating opportunities for human error and corruption. Sealock Security Systems, Inc. is prepared to develop an improved sealing device (the "NextGen Seal"), a low-cost, disposable, tamper-proof seal incorporating both sealing and locking functions with wireless communication equipment. The NextGen Seal would also feature the use of cutting-edge non-duplicable materials to reduce opportunities for tampering. Additionally, a revolutionary new locking mechanism would be designed to further limit tampering opportunities. The NextGen Seal as conceived presents significant improvements over the common bolt seal currently in widespread use. It also presents a leap ahead of the state-of-the-art technologies available on the market today. The overwhelming majority of containers continue to use only a simple bolt seal to secure their contents. If the NextGen Seal can be developed at an affordable price point, the additional security features it should offer would present a compelling value proposition for importers and exporters. Market share would be captured from the traditional bolt seal if importers and exporters choose to upgrade to the NextGen Seal.

H-SB018.1-006
Improved Human Systems for Computed Tomography

70RSAT18C00000036 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-006-0009-I
(FY18.1 Phase I)
Advanced Computer Topography Interaction Design (ACT-ID)

Design Interactive, Inc.
3504 Lake Lynda Drive
Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32817-1484

05/02/2018
to
11/01/2018
$149,999.27

This effort proposes development of the Advanced Computer Topography Interaction Design (ACT-ID), an innovative, user-centered interface design for optimization of threat detection and resolution of carry-on baggage using CT X-ray technology. ACT-ID will incorporate human factors and user experience design methodologies in visual display design, human visual perception, multimodal design, interaction design and ergonomics into a universal interface that demonstrates reduced CT X-ray screening system operator burden and reduced image review time compared to current interfaces, equaling or improving upon performance seen with today's AT2 X-ray technology. Benefits of ACT-ID include increased security effectiveness, reduced operator burden, and reduced image review time. The resultant Phase I prototype design will combine visual displays with interaction methods that combine to best support a human operator in manipulating, reviewing, and assessing image contents in an effective and efficient manner, thereby optimizing security effectiveness.

H-SB04.1-008
Advanced Secure Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Related Distributed Control Systems

NBCHC040109 04110674
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Affordable, Covert Power Grid Monitoring System

FieldMetrics
14813 Seminole Trail
Seminole, FL 33776-1081

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$100,000.00

An advanced monitoring system is proposed to improve the security and reliability for the electric utility power grid. Next generation sensor platforms deployed across distribution and transmission systems will communicate in real-time with a central monitoring hub via a secure wireless network. The advanced monitoring system will provide a backup for existing SCADA systems and sensors in the event of equipment failure or terrorist attack on the power grid infrastructure and improve the ability of utility operators to respond to such events.

H-SB04.1-008
Advanced Secure Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Related Distributed Control Systems

NBCHC040078 04110880
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Intrusion Detection and Security Monitoring of SCADA Networks

Digital Bond, Inc.
1580 Sawgrass Corp. Pkwy, Suite 130
Sunrise, FL 33323-2859

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$100,000.00

Legacy SCADA systems, and the systems being sold today, lack the security required to prevent attacks. Intrusion detection systems (IDS) and security monitoring tools can work as compensating controls by identifying and stopping attacks. Unfortunately, existing security systems do not identify SCADA specific attacks. Our proposal will add SCADA specific knowledge to IDS and security monitoring tools. Specifically, we will: (1) create an open source SCADA signature set for the SNORT IDS that will include specific signature examples, a context, and a tool for SCADA vendors and users to add system specific signatures. (2) identify and extract security specific log entries in SCADA application logs for use in a security monitoring tool. Examples include failed logins, display changes, and escalation of privileges. (3) Correlate the SCADA application log events and the SCADA IDS data to appropriately set the alert level. The technical approach will focus on identifying attacks to the field device, RTU/PLC, to SCADA server communication. With TCP/IP based field devices spread over a wide geographic area, and the lack of a security standard for this protocol, this communication is perhaps the largest cyber security risk. Our proposal is an immediate compensating control for this risk.

H-SB04.1-008
Advanced Secure Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Related Distributed Control Systems

NBCHC040098 04111098
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Protection of SCADA Systems Using Physics-Based Authentication and Location Awareness Technologies

Digital Authentication Technologies, Inc.
P.O. Box 811564
Boca Raton, FL 33481-1564

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,180.91

The integrated system proposed here by the DAT team includes the addition of access control points governed by DAT's strong authentication system. Such access control points involve minimum cost of deployment and should allow direct integration into existing legacy SCADA systems. The DAT system fuses 7 different credentials into an incalculable and continually dynamic authentication system. Although the specific operation of the system in the SCADA environment will developed in the course of the proposed SBIR, a preview of the specific credentials that must all be co-resident before access is authenticated (described below in further detail) include: 1. User specific information, such as biometrics. 2. The processor ID number on the user's authorized computer. 3. The volume ID number on the user's authorized ID number. 4. The DAT electronics ID number. 5. The LSDFTM historical table of physics based secrets (captured in the past by the user each time he logged in.) 6. The user's location, based on the use of the location awareness component of the DAT system to determine whether or not the user resides at a pre-approved location. 7. The correct sliding port target for access.

H-SB04.2-003
Alternatives to Cl2 in Municipal Water Purification

NBCHC050029 0421124
(FY04.2 Phase I)
High Surface Area Titanium Oxide Nanostructures for Photo-catalytic Water Remediation

Fractal Systems, Inc.
108 4th Street
Belleair Beach, FL 33786-3213

11/01/2004
to
05/15/2005
$99,997.00

Fractal Systems Inc responds to HSARPA needs for the development of novel alternate technologies to Cl2 in municipal water purification purposes. Our recent experience, in collaboration with our consultants Prof. Paul (University of South Florida/Aqua Virotech, and Prof. Valsaraj, Louisiana State University), indicates that the purification of E.coli using high surface area TiO2 can be performed by the use of all the wavelengths of UV-visible light via surface modification of the oxide nanostructures and use of a specially designed photo-catalytic reactor. In phase I, we will synthesize and characterize the photo-catalyst; and design, fabricate and characterize membranes that will be used in photo-catalytic water remediation experiments in the photo-catalytic reactor. In Phase II, we will optimize our photo-catalyst material to achieve the highest photo-catalytic activity to ensure 100% pathogen remediation efficiency. We will optimize the photo-catalytic reactor construction to achieve maximum illumination and thus efficiency. We will also expand on the number of species to be detected to ensure viability of the technology towards commercialization in collaboration with one of the major water filter companies, located in the Tampa Bay area (Florida). Applications include private wells, bottlers, aquaculture, hospitals, food, restaurants, breweries, water systems, laboratories, pharmaceutical, dairies and counter-terrorism measures.

H-SB04.2-006
Improved and Innovative Cooling Garments for Emergency Responders

NBCHC050025 0421145
(FY04.2 Phase I)
Lightweight and Efficient Cooling System for First Responder Suits

Rini Technologies Inc
3267 Progress Drive
Orlando, FL 32826-3230

11/01/2004
to
05/15/2005
$99,841.00

Clothing that protects first responders from chemical, biological, and nuclear threats can subject the individuals to heat stress. These hazardous environments require the use of PPE with level A protection, which can significantly diminish the ability of the body to reject heat to the external environment, leading to symptoms ranging from muscular weakness, dizziness and physical discomfort to more severe, life-threatening conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. RTI proposes to develop a miniature refrigeration unit, which utilizes a vapor compression cycle, to transfer heat from the encapsulated individual to the outside environment. This project will provide a portable cooling unit with a combination of performance, reliability, size and weight that is currently not available or possible from conventional designs. Specifically, the proposed cooling system will produce 425BTU/hr (125W) of cooling to a water vest with an average water temperature of 25 degree C, weigh 1.6kg (without battery), have a volume of 1.0L and require 50W of electrical power. The Phase I effort will concentrate on the thermodynamic cycle, system configuration, material selection, material testing and enhancement through thin film solid lubrication applications, and fabrication of a prototype compressor. Design of the remaining system, components and system testing and integration would be undertaken in Phase II.

H-SB08.2-002
Innovative Educational Environments to Develop the Necessary Intellectual Basis for a National DHS S&T Workforce

NBCHC090007 0821216
(FY08.2 Phase I)
DHS Centers of Excellence Science Fair Projects

The Athena Group, Inc.
408 W University Avenue
Suite 306
Gainesville, FL 32601-5289

12/01/2008
to
06/15/2009
$100,000.00

DHS is committed to strengthening interest in science and technology (SandT) studies and career choices, and in elevating SandT understanding within various populations. One of the expected learning facilitators is a wealth of contemporary scientific information and discoveries emanating from DHS Centers of Excellence. And one of the populations that could potentially benefit greatly from access to these resources is the general K-12 learning community. To develop DHS Centers of Excellence content and outcomes as supplemental SandT learning material, a number of reported problems and obstacles must first be addressed. The Athena Group has identified a strategy and technology that overcomes the problems associated with converting DHS content into supplemental learning materials for mainstream K-12 education. Athenas efforts focus on developing a science fair support technology, an activity that is reported to be one of the best learning experiences a student can undertake. The resulting solution, called I Do, fuses simulation-based learning and scenario-based learning, two areas of Athena expertise.

H-SB09.2-007
Enhancing Training Effectiveness through Cognitive State Assessment

N10PC20028 0921052
(FY09.2 Phase I)
Screeners Auto-Diagnostic Adaptive Precision Training (Screen-ADAPT) System

Design Interactive, Inc.
1221 East Broadway, Ste. 110
Oviedo, FL 32765-7829

11/01/2009
to
08/15/2010
$99,966.00

The Screen-ADAPT system utilizes advances in brain-based sensory technology to develop an advanced training system for baggage screeners that will substantially improve initial and sustainment training over current practices by providing simulated training using real-world data pinpointing specific training deficiencies related to visual inspection skills. Screen-ADAPT incorporates a suite of measurement tools, including cognitive state and behavioral metrics, and system metrics to quantify and diagnose screening skills/deficiencies in real-time, triggering adaptive feedback within a scenario and AAR. Screen-ADAPT provides next-generation neurophysiology-driven, individualized training that ensures appropriate cognitive training states and targets specific training deficits identified, optimizing training sessions with the goal of increased threat detection accuracy and efficiency. Screen-ADAPT will be one of the first real-time, closed-loop training systems that incorporate considerate adaptations as well as AAR feedback that effectively diagnoses training deficiencies, root cause(s) of error patterns, and provides individualized training recommendations to optimize training effectiveness and efficiency. The proposer`s commercialization strategy centers on marketing a completed Screen-ADAPT tool to domestic airports; security and screening checkpoints throughout the US will also be targeted. There are also a wide variety of visual monitoring/inspection tasks that could benefit from a Screen-ADAPT training system: container screening, border patrol personnel, video surveillance security.