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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB04.1-002
Chem-Bio Sensors Employing Novel Receptor Scaffolds

NBCHC040084 04110568
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Detecting Ricin with Engineered Sensor Switches

Orthosystems, Inc.
2-212 Center for Science ad Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,981.00

OrthoSystems, Inc. creates switchable molecular sensors for bioterror agents and other targets. In this project our OrthoSwitchTM technology platform will be used to develop a rapid diagnostic device for detecting ricin in solution. OrthoSwitchesTM are custom designed molecular sensors that function in the absence of a separation step or attachment to a solid-support. In contrast to antibody-based alternatives, highly selective sensors based on nucleic acids can be engineered to switch between two forms. In Phase I, a bi-stable Ricin OrthoSwitchTM will be tested and improved. This switch will be quenched (dark) in the absence of the ricin, and fluorescent (bright) in its presence; it will be set to trigger from dark to light at a low threshold concentration of ricin. Only the bright form of the switch will present a sequence that is known to have very high affinity for ricin. The described ricin switch will be tested for high sensitivity, selectivity and response time using conventional fluorophore/quencher (FRET) signaling. This ricin switch will then be tested in a prototype detection device developed with technology partners. Commercial applications of our technology lie in rapid detection of biowarfare agents, environmental contaminants, and discovering and evaluating potential antidotes to toxic agents.

H-SB04.1-005
Marine Asset Tag Tracking System

NBCHC040064 04110565
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Cargo Container Tracking and Monitoring System (C2TMS)

International Electronic Machines
60 Fourth Avenue
Albany, NY 12202-1924

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,998.89

International Electronic Machines Corp. (IEM), a leader in sensor and GIS technology, will design and prove the feasibility of a Cargo Container Tracking and Monitoring System (C2TMS) which will: uniquely ID each and every container, track container positions to within one foot or less under all conditions using unique, innovative RF localization and digital processing techniques, categorize and track the manifest of the container, provide I/O to sensors on containers for status data (tampering, leakage, temperature, etc.), and provide secure access to all data for any and all containers from a central location in real-time. The C2TMS will consist of a unique Cargo Container Tag with both passive and active functions, Tracking and Monitoring Units which will localize and monitor all containers and their status, a Local Transciever/Data Network(LTDN) which will maintain a realtime 3-D map of the container locations, and a Main Data Center,updated by the LTDNs on vessels or in storage facilities, which will track and access all info on all containers at all times. IEM will be assisted in this design by personnel from NASA's JPL and by data and resources from MapInfo.

H-SB04.1-006
AIS Tracking and Collision Avoidance Equipment for Small Boats

NBCHC040089 04110960
(FY04.1 Phase I)
AIS Tracking and Collision Avoidance Equipment for Small Boats

Critical Technlogies Inc.
1001 Broad Street STE 400
Utica, NY 13501-1503

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,909.00

CTI proposes to develop a Class B Automatic Identification System device satisfying two major objectives: hardware cost reduction, so large numbers of smaller boats can be economically equipped; and software enhancement, to convert raw AIS data into decision-quality information, warnings and recommendations, displayed to facilitate rapid comprehension and collision avoidance maneuver by recreational boaters. The GPS receiver and the user interface subsystems can be either integrated with the VHF transceiver unit or externally coupled, enabling exploitation of boaters' existing GPS and display units to: reduce cost; minimize size, weight and power requirements on small boats; avoid overwhelming boaters with too many devices and displays competing for their attention while piloting their craft; and thereby overcome boater resistance to deployment. Significant hardware cost reduction and capability enhancement will derive from replacing the multiple VHF receivers and transmitter with a single Software Defined Radio transceiver, capable of simultaneously receiving on 3 channels or transmitting on AIS1 or AIS2. Software will refine AIS GPS data into information and display it suitably per human factors considerations. The results will be improved navigation and collision avoidance, ultimately improving safety and security for boaters, infrastructure and the public.

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

NBCHC040069 04110929
(FY04.1 Phase I)
State-based Security Policies for Electric Power SCADAs

ATC-NY
33 Thornwood Drive, Suite 500
Ithaca, NY 14850-1280

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,957.00

ATC-NY and Bigwood Systems, Inc. will design and build Zebra, an innovative access control system for electric power SCADA systems. Access control decisions will depend on the dynamic state of the electric transmission/distribution system, in addition to conventional inputs such as identity. We will develop SCADA Access Control Language (SACL) as a means of establishing the policy to be enforced at each deployment of Zebra. The language will extend classical concepts of access control to encompass our new concept of state-based access control. The primary tasks in Phase I will be to design the details of the access control language, and the architecture.