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

HSHQDC-15-C-00013 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0009-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal

Hi-G-Tek, Inc.
1 Research Court
Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20850-9999

05/01/2015
to
10/31/2015
$99,999.61

Purpose of Work The proposed work will provide the government with a clear roadmap for the large-scale production of a small, low-cost, ISO-17712 compliant Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal (DEBS) which can electronically monitor and secure containers throughout the entire supply chain. The DEBS seal will detect and report open, close and tamper events to approved monitoring systems. DEBS unique electronic ID and security measures will prevent cutting, duplication, replacement and other attacks commonly used to defeat mechanical bolt seals. The DEBS seal will operate like a disposable bolt seal and its use will not require changes to the workflow of Government Officers or other workers that will use it. The low-price point (less than 15USD) and maintenance-free design will allow the DEBS seal to be deployed across all containers and not just high value cargo. The DEBS seal will streamline seal-use-protocols allowing the government to better utilize Officers and other resources. The proposed work includes the complete design of the DEBS assembly. Findings or Results The proposed work will identify the costs, feasibility and risks associated with producing the DEBS seal including the WACT custom integrated circuit designed by Hi-G-Tek. Full production files for the DEBS mechanical assembly are included. Potential Commercial Applications The global market for the DEBS seal is more than 100 million seals per year. All containers currently using ISO-17712 mechanical bolts seals are potential users. The government, APM/Maersk and other global shippers are potential customers. The low price point and ease of use will drive adoption.

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

HSHQDC-16-C-00038 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0009-II
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase II)
Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal (DEBS)

Hi-G-Tek, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Dr
Suite 120
Rockville, MD 20855-9999

03/21/2016
to
08/20/2017
$746,261.00

Purpose of Work The proposed work will provide Government with a production-ready design for a small, low-cost, tamper-resistant Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal (DEBS), which can electronically secure containers throughout the entire supply chain. DEBS will wirelessly report open, close, and tamper events, allowing Government to more efficiently target and inspect containers, improve security, and optimize the use of Government personnel and resources. DEBS incorporates advanced security measures, among them continuous sensing, tamper-resistance and authentication, that will prevent the physical attacks and counterfeiting of seals that plague users of disposable bolt seals today. DEBS will operate like an ISO-17712 market-standard disposable bolt seal, and its $15 retail price, simple operation, and maintenance-free design will facilitate large-scale adoption across all container shipments without increasing workload or impacting the flow of goods. Findings or Results Phase II builds on the progress made during Phase I and will produce final DEBS prototypes for testing and approval by DHS. These prototypes will incorporate all of the features required in a commercial DEBS device. The proposed work culminates in a technical report that will include all of the design and production files needed for large-scale manufacturing of DEBS. Potential Commercial Applications The global market for DEBS is +100 million seals per year. DEBS can be immediately deployed across market segments such as in-bond cargo, transit cargo, maritime cargo, CSI ports, and others that can benefit from tamper-proof intelligent seals. Its low-price and simple yet effective operation will help drive DEBS penetration into other container markets worldwide.

H-SB015.1-003
Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense

HSHQDC-15-C-00017 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-003-0010-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Automating Collaborative DDoS Mitigation with SDN and BGP Enhancements

MTI Systems, Inc.
7501 Greenway Center Drive
Suite 805
Greenbelt, MD 20770-9999

05/01/2015
to
10/31/2015
$99,918.64

We propose research to develop a complementary pair of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense mechanisms, both operating in a collaborative mode between victims and upstream providers or peer networks. For initial detection of possible DDoS attack conditions, we rely on reuse of existing work, but primarily focus on utilization of techniques that are built up on Softward-Defined Networking (SDN) mechanisms. SDN plays a large role in the first response mechanism proposed in this research. We will develop a means for network service providers to securely delegate control of their forwarding plane logic to specific customers, using the concept of hierarchical forwarding tables. This will be implemented within systems implementing recent OpenFlow specifications. With proper configuration of the hierarchical forwarding table rules, per-customer rulesets can be provisioned, invoked, and managed by the customers themselves without negative impact to other customers. Since this is only effective at pushing defenses up one-level among collaborating administrative domains, we propose to develop a means of relaying verifiable and authenticable inter-domain, we also propose to develop a means of relaying verifiable and authenticable inter-domain notification of detected attack parameters, bootstrapped upon the Secure Inter-Domain Routing (SIDR) or BGPSEC mechanisms. Using messages signed with the existing Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) developed for BGPSEC, attack reports can be securely flooded across the inter-domain routing system, and acted upon as deemed appropriate by each provider. Commercialization plans leverage the popularity of SDN upgraded planned across the industry and the contribution to open standard work necessary protocol extensions.

H-SB015.1-007
Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device

HSHQDC-15-C-00027 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0022-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Canine Mounted Wireless Video and Location Streaming System

Intelligent Automation Inc
15400 Calhoun Dr, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2737

05/05/2015
to
11/04/2015
$100,000.00

A tracking device attached to a canine that can relay information to both the handler of the canine via a wrist or forearm mounted remote monitor and a command coordination center is very useful for the purpose of documenting the movements of the canine for court/evidence purposes, verification of area(s) that have or have not been searched by a canine during deployments, safety, and situational awareness. A low cost, rugged, all-weather canine mounted wireless video and location streaming system is proposed by Intelligent Automation, Inc. We call it CAMEL (stands for Canine Mounted Encompassing Locator). CAMEL consists of a Canine Borne Unit, a Handler Borne Unit, and a Command Center Unit. CAMEL consists of a Canine Borne Unit, a Handler Borne Unit, and a Command Center Unit. The Canine Borne Unit comprises a rugged, all-weather, day/night camera; a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), a medium range wireless transmitter, and a load bearing harness. The Handler Borne Unit is composed of a medium range wireless receiver, a processor board, a wrist or forearm mounted remote monitor, and a Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular modem. The Command Center Unit consists of a remote monitor, a LTE modem, and an optional deployable LTE ground station (for operations in areas without commercial LTE coverage). A pair of the canine borne unit and the handler unit forms a minimum CAMEL system. A command center can support many teams of canines and handlers.

H-SB015.1-007
Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device

HSHQDC-16-C-00033 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0022-II
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase II)
Canine Mounted Wireless Video and Location Streaming System (CAMEL)

Intelligent Automation Inc
15400 Calhoun Dr, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2737

03/14/2016
to
03/13/2018
$748,278.78

Today, many canine teams are dispatched in tactical operations that typically involve critical activities such as narcotics/explosives detection, suspect pursuit/apprehension, etc. A canine-mounted tracking and video/audio streaming capability is highly valuable in such cases as it can provide the canine handler and remote observers with precise and up-to-date situational awareness of ongoing events. The current price point of COTS products for such application is, however, still too high for every K9 unit in the country to afford them, and they do not yet fully satisfy typical canine team's needs. To overcome such technical challenges, IAI has previously proposed CAMEL (Canine Mounted Encompassing Locator), a low-cost, rugged, and all-weather wireless video/audio and location streaming system to be carried by a canine during the operations for providing the canine handler and remote observers with real-time tactical situational awareness as well evidence recording capability. The key innovation in the proposed effort is CAMEL-2, the second generation of the CAMEL concept prototypes that is fully operational in relevant environments. The expected contribution of CAMEL-2 to the tactical canine industry is: 1) A robust canine positioning and tracking capability; 2) An effective situational awareness capability; and 3) A reliable evidence recording and archiving capability.