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Proposal Number: 0512009
Proposal Title: Secure Carton Integrated Electronic Remote System
Topic Number: H-SB05.1-006
Phase: Phase II
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the Department of Homeland Security need for a novel secure carton integrated with intermodal ISO containers, and the Advanced Container Security Device, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) has developed a novel "carton-centric" Secure Parcel ISO Distributed Enhanced RFID (SPIDER), which will enhance container-based ACSD and RFID tags with a low false alarm rate, responding to a broad variety of security scenarios to protect against sophisticated carton intrusion. The three-security-layer SPIDER architecture includes: smart skin, wireless status reporting, and authentication and ID. The smart skin is based on a unique, X-ray-transparent concealed electrical cage. The system can be entirely passive, inductively drawing power from the container RFID. Most of the technology for SPIDER mass production is well established. In Phase I, two generations of working prototypes were developed, fabricated, and demonstrated to DHS and to an Under Secretary of Defense. In Phase II we will extend the SPIDER concept to two protective network meshes: one similar to that of Phase I, and a new one with stretching capability to dramatically improve false alarm rate. SPIDER will find applications in cargo screening, container inspection, and special-purpose packages for sensitive items: pharmaceuticals, electronic chips, weapons, and classified materials.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060086
Period of Performance: 06/26/2006 - 09/25/2008
Award/Contract Value: $749,995.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $749,995.00