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Award/Contract
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Abstract

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

HSHQDC-12-C-00079 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-001-0008-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase I)
Method for a Comprehensive Memory Parser for Solid State Drives (SSDs)

S34A, Inc.
1532 N. Wakefield St
Arlington, VA 22207-2138

09/15/2012
to
04/05/2013
$96,999.94

S34A, Inc. proposes research into methodologies for creating a coherent Logical Block Address (LBA) space in order to produce comprehensive images of the contents of solid state drives. Solid state drives (SSDs) are increasing in popularity - replacing traditional hard disk drives - and proliferating across a wide range of portable consumer devices. Unfortunately for law enforcement and forensic examiners, traditional forensic approaches used with hard disk drives are inadequate and irrelevant when applied to SSDs given the unique firmware, wear leveling, garbage collection, and TRIM algorithms used by SSDs. An alternative to write-blocking tools developed for hard disk drives is essential. At the end of a successful Phase I effort, S34A, Inc. will have developed a methodology that allows for the parsing of data from SSDs from multiple SSD manufacturers. The result of Phase II will be the development of a common set of hardware and software tools for parsing of data from multiple SSDs. These tools will provide Federal, State, and Local law enforcement with a capability that simply does not exist today. With SSD shipments expected to top 200 million units by 2016, this innovation will be critical to the continued, effective performance of day-to-day law enforcement activities across the globe. Technology readiness level at beginning of Phase 1: "1" Technology readiness level at conclusion of Phase 1: "3"

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

HSHQDC-13-C-00077 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-001-0008-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase II)
Integrated Solution for SSD Forensics

S34A, Inc.
1532 N. Wakefield St
Arlington, VA 22207-2138

09/20/2013
to
09/19/2015
$749,876.00

S34A, Inc. proposes to build upon our successful Phase I R&D effort and commence the development of an integrated hardware, software, and service solution that facilitates the extraction of forensic data from SSDs - data that resides outside the Logical Block Address (LBA) space and is not accessible by traditional computer forensic techniques. This product development work will be performed in coordination with experts from a number of Federal computer forensics labs. When complete, the hardware and software products from Phase II will allow forensic examiners to exploit "stale," deleted or overwritten data that has been removed from the user addressable space as a result of garbage collection and TRIM commands. This integrated solution will provide Federal, State, and Local law enforcement with a capability that does not exist today. With SSD shipments expected to top 240 million units by 2016, this solution set will be essential to the effective performance of day-to-day law enforcement efforts to combat criminal and terrorist acts. TRL at beginning of Phase II - 4. TRL at end of Phase II - 8.

H-SB012.2-005
Generation Textiles for Multi-Threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

HSHQDC-12-C-00074 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-005-0015-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase I)
Multifunctional Textiles for Advanced Personal Protective Equipment

Luna Innovations Incorporated
1 Riverside Circle
Suite 400
Roanoke, VA 24016-4962

09/15/2012
to
03/14/2013
$99,999.57

Luna Innovations is addressing the Department of Homeland Security need to develop novel textiles for uniforms that provide multi-threat protection for first responders. Since first responders enter situations with unknown threats, their uniforms must be able to protect from multiple different hazards. Novel multifunctional textile technologies are required to protect from fire, chemical warfare agents, blast, ballistic, or sharp object penetration. Each of these novel textile technologies are currently under development by Luna's team. This program will combine these technologies into a lightweight garment with low thermal stress that provides chemical and biological protection from omniphobic surfaces, antimicrobial treatments, and advanced seam sealing combined with proven fire and blast/ballistic protection. All of these technologies will be combined to produce a garment that will be both comfortable to wear, and protect against numerous unknown hazards. Phase I will result in a TRL 4 prototype textiles demonstrating chemical agent defense, flame retardancy, and ballistic/knife protection. Phase II will result in design and manufacture of prototype first responder uniforms with the above properties for independent evaluation.