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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB08.1-002
Miniature Chem/Bio/Explosive Sensors

HSHQDC0800080 0811110
(FY08.1 Phase I)
Miniature MEMS-based Chemical & Explosives Detector

Boston MicroSystems, Inc.
30-H Sixth Road
Woburn, MA 01801-1758

07/30/2008
to
02/13/2009
$99,990.00

Boston MicroSystems (BMS) proposes to develop a cell-phone sized instrument for detecting hazardous chemical and explosive threats. The instrument is based on BMS(TM) PicoSensor (TM) chemical and explosives detection platform, which has been developed in part under DHS support and is capable of sensing explosives and toxic chemicals at ppb and even ppt (trillion) levels. The PicoensoR(TM) consists of a MEMS flow-through preconcentrator integrated via flip-chip packaging with a MEMS sensor array including gravimetric piezoelectric resonators, chemiresistive sensors and capacitive sensors. Using a new BMS innovation, the opportunity now exists to develop ultra-miniature, low power drive-sense electronics and wireless communications for the PicoSensor(TM) using commercial off-the-shelf RF and cellular components. These electronics will be integrated with a rechargeable battery and a miniaturized version of BMS' vapor-phase sampling system, and together allow the PicoSensor(TM) -based instrument to be miniaturized to dimensions of 2" x 4" x 3/4". BMS will develop, assemble and deliver to DHS a prototype of the ultra portable instrument for detecting hazardous chemicals and trace explosives by the end of phase II. The miniature instrument will enable ubiquitous chemical and explosives detection as part of large distributed alert networks that improve situational awareness for mission personnel.

H-SB08.1-004
Trace Explosives Sampling for Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosives Device (VBIED) Detection

HSHQDC0800077 0811050
(FY08.1 Phase I)
Non-Contact Trace Explosives Sampling and Preconcentration for Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device Detection

Excellims Corporation
20 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720-3575

07/30/2008
to
02/13/2009
$99,990.00

Ion mobility spectrometer based explosives trace detectors (ETD) have been widely used in airport check points, ports of entry, government buildings, and other high security facilities. Most of these systems require manual collection of trace particles from vehicles via direct swabbing of surface areas of interest. Sample collection efficiency and inconsistency pose significant challenges to the effectiveness of the deployed ETD systems. Combined with current COTS ETD systems, a non-contact explosive sampling and preconcentration method is proposed to enhance collection efficiency and probability of detection using non-contact airflow and direct chemical interactions. The non-contact trace sampling method is intended for screening common vehicles and can be automated for trace detection of moving vehicles. In addition, the new sampling method will allow sampling larger areas with equal or better sampling and detection throughput than current "swiping" methods.

H-SB08.1-005
Smart Sensor System

HSHQDC0800088 0811119
(FY08.1 Phase I)
Smart Sensing and Tracking with Video and Mote Sensor Collaboration

intuVision Inc.
10 Tower Office Park
Ste 200
Woburn, MA 01801-2120

07/30/2008
to
02/13/2009
$99,990.00

Automatic extraction of actionable intelligence from collaborative sensors in a framework that supports seamless exchange of extracted information across sensor layers while leveraging the human in the loop is the focus our proposal. Depending upon the specific end-user, data extracted from the battlefield areas represent two major categories: information requiring and subject to further analyses, and information that is highly time-dependent. Our proposed effort tries to address both information paths to provide easily recognized information at the hands of front-line personnel thereby promoting accuracy in pursuit of mission objectives.