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H-SB06.2-003
ADVANCED UNATTENDED GROUND SENSOR (UGS) TECHNOLOGIES

NBCHC070079 0621104
(FY06.2 Phase I)
Robust Autonomous Power Generation for UGS Employing High Efficiency Thermoelectrics

Biophan Technologies, Inc.
150 Lucius Gordon Dr.
Suite 215
West Henrietta, NY 14586-9687

04/04/2007
to
10/18/2007
$100,000.00

One of the greatest challenges facing UGS networks is the availability of power to run critical processes. Most current technologies employ off-the-shelf batteries which require replacement every 6mnths or so. Battery replacement in a UGS deployment for border security is not only costly, but in some terrains nearly impossible. Ideally, UGS field components would harness power from the environment by a robust module capable of being emplaced along the entire border without compromising camouflage schemes. Biophan Technologies, Inc. through its thermoelectric division TE-Bio, LLC, proposes to use the waste heat recovery capabilities of its robust high-efficiency thermoelectric materials to utilize natural temperature gradients, greatly extending the lifetime of standard and microsensor motes. In Phase I, Biophan is looking to design a reliable thermoelectric power generation module for the UGS network capable of extending the life of traditional UGS components to two years and completely powering next generation microsensors, eliminating the need for a battery. Thermoelectrics are solid state devices with no moving parts and no chemical reservoirs. They have demonstrated life cycles greater than 30 years. The successful design of a UGS thermoelectric module requires optimization of the thermoelectric serial circuit, heat load considerations, thermal packaging design, weather survivability, as well as mechanical considerations for emplacement modality and handling.

H-SB06.2-005
3-D VISUALIZATION SYSTEM TO SHOW FIRST RESPONDERS AND ASSETS WITHIN BUILDING STRUCTURES IN URBAN AREAS FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

NBCHC070067 0621056
(FY06.2 Phase I)
Emergency Responder Tracking and Situation Awareness in a 4D Visualization Environment

BALFOUR Technologies LLC
510 Grumman Road West
Suite 212
Bethpage, NY 11714-3631

03/15/2007
to
09/30/2007
$99,600.00

To address the needs of emergency responders and incident commanders, a 4-D Emergency Response Tracking System (ERTS) is being developed to provide dynamic situational awareness in locating first responders and assets within building structures in urban environments. The proof-of-concept presentation will demonstrate how 3-D intelligent, interactive visual models of building infrastructure can be produced from 1-D (tabular data), 2-D (floor plans), or 3-D (CAD models) building information, integrated with location sensor(s) inputs tracking people and resources both outside and within the building structure. Structural feedback from first responders is also processed to quickly update the building structure on-the-fly. The incident commander has immediate access to this integrated, geo-referenced situation awareness through an interactive 4D Browser (fourDscape[TM]). Commercially, this 4D ERTS can be deployed to all first responder organizations and corporate departments to provide comprehensive understanding of the emergency situation as it rapidly unfolds.

H-SB06.2-007
HIGH QUANTUM EFFICIENCY FAST DETECTORS FOR THE READOUT OF SCINTILLATORS FOR GAMMA RAY DETECTION

HSHQDC-07-C-00047 0623004
(FY06.2 Phase I)
GaP Avalanche Photodiodes for Radiation Detection

Aymont Technology, Inc
27 Kent Street, Suite 105A
Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1543

04/01/2007
to
09/30/2007
$150,000.00

In this Phase I DHS STTR proposal submitted in response to Topic H-SB06.2-007, Aymont Technology, Inc. and University of Virginia will develop gallium phosphide (GaP) avalanche photodiodes (APD) with high quantum efficiency (QE>50% at 360 nm in Phase I), high gain (>100000), and high speed (2 GHz bandwidth). This Phase I effort will build upon previous work in the Campbell group that demonstrated the efficacy of GaP APDs for blue to near UV wavelengths. The response of these APDs will be tailored to match the LaBr3: Ce3+ response to 662 keV gamma radiation. A detailed commercialization plan will also be developed in Phase I. The Phase II effort will inprove gain to 1000000 and QE to 70% by using more advanced APD design concepts, demonstrate the APD capability in a radiation detection application, and ready this technology for commercialization. Replacement of photomultiplier tubes with GaP APDs for use with LaBr3: Ce3+ scintillators will greatly improve the detection of small amounts of nuclear material in homeland security applications, environmental monitoring, as well as for law enforcement and regulatory agencies.