Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Automated Threat Recognition (ATR) Algorithms using Standardized Image File Formats

HSHQDC-13-C-00055 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-002-0001-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase II)
Automatic Threat Recognition Algorithm for Volumetric CT Data

TeleSecurity Sciences
7391 Prairie Falcon Rd
Suite 150-B
Las Vegas, NV 89128-0186


For Phase II work, we propose to complete the development of the DICOS compliant ATR algorithm whose feasibility has been demonstrated by results of Phase I work. Important project milestones for the first base year of Phase II are as follows: (1) implementation of the DICOS standard including network protocol, (2) improvement of the proposed ATR algorithm in terms of explosive detection performance and computational efficiency, (3) development of plug-in ATR software with the DICOS standard, and (4) optimal parameter tuning using the receiver operating characteristics analysis. The goal of the second option year of Phase II is to be ready for the certification test by continuing improving the ATR algorithm and optimizing parameters via extensive experiments with training datasets. With the successful completion of Phase II work, we expect that our ATR algorithm will outperform existing ATR algorithms of EDS vendors in terms of PD and PFA while meeting the certification requirement of throughput. If our ATR algorithm is certified by TSL and used for EDS, it will contribute to enhance aviation security significantly. Since our ATR algorithm will be able to lower PFA while maintaining PD of the current state-of-the-art EDS, it will be also able to reduce the cost related to manual inspection of alarmed bags.

Bulk Currency Vapor Detection in Confined Spaces

D14PC00159 HSHQDC-13-R-00032-H-SB013.2-001-0005-II
(HSHQDC-13-R-00032 Phase II)
Bulk Currency Vapor detection in Confined Spaces

Nevada Nanotech Systems, Inc.
1315 Greg Street
Suite 103
Sparks, NV 89431-6091


The proposed goal of Nevada Nanotech Systems Inc for the Phase II program is to adapt a commercially available gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer instrument for the problem of detecting U.S. currency via unique vapor signature in confined spaces and then field test three prototype units, operated by government personnel, during a 6-month field test. After this test, we will provide detailed documentation of the performance. The anticipated results for Phase II are: 1)Fabrication of at least three prototype systems for full evaluation. 2)Development and implementation of adapted sample collection, data analysis and user interface hardware and software. 3)Initial field-simulation evaluation of the prototypes in a laboratory setting. 4)The enabling and support of a 1-week initial field trial at a border checkpoint with government personnel operating the system. 5) Modification, as necessary, of the prototype systems based on performance data and information gathered during the 1-week initial trial. 6)The enabling and support of a 6-month evaluation of these systems in the field with government personnel operating the system. 7) Completion of a comprehensive assessment of the system's performance, including changes to the Con-Ops, instrument performance (capabilities and shortfalls), recommended changes to the instrument, and recommendations for the revalidation/ qualifications testing if changes are required.