Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge

HSHQDC-17-C-00030 HSHQDC-17-R-00010-H-SB017.1-006-0010-I
(HSHQDC-17-R-00010 Phase I)
Wearable Liquid Crystal Based Chemical Sensor Badge for the Identification of Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Platypus Technologies, LLC
5520 Nobel Drive
Suite 100
Madison, WI 53711-4910


Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs) pose significant dangers to human health upon exposure. Unfortunately, emergency responders are unwittingly exposed to these TICs while responding and containing crisis situations, leading increased risk for disease. To protect emergency responders against dangerous exposure to chemicals, Platypus Technologies will develop a wearable chemical sensor badge that can be readily attached to uniforms of emergency response personnel and emits visual, auditory and vibrational alarms when TICs are detected. The badge will be based on innovative liquid crystal (LC) sensing technologies developed by Platypus Technologies that enable low cost, low maintenance devices that respond rapidly to specific TICs, even in the presence of potential interferents. Preliminary result demonstrate that LC-based sensor elements can meet stringent sensitivity limits required for detection of TICs at concentrations relevant for human health. The work proposed aims to expand the capabilities of LC-based sensing technologies, validate their performance under various environmental conditions, and design the electronic and mechanical components comprising the wearable sensor badge.


NBCHC060138 0611166
(FY06.1 Phase I)

Cyber Defense Agency, LLC
3601 43rd Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494-7576


Cyber Defense Agency, LLC (CDA) proposes to develop StopBot, a unique, multi-modal security application that will detect botnets and disable their command and control systems. StopBot will have three different modes of operation: a free, stand-alone mode to protect individual end systems, a subscription mode in which results from individual end systems are collected securely and correlated to generate more effective detection and response mechanisms that can be distributed to the end system subscribers, and an enterprise mode that trades privacy for enhanced detection capabilities. StopBot will meditate communications from computers on a network, detect suspicious connections, correlate the signatures of those connections to identify botnets, block traffic on those connections, and inject dummy messages that will disrupt the botnet command-and-control infrastructure. Placing the primary sensor inline on each host provides a means to detect features indicative of bots, and correlating across the enterprise affords an excellent means to identify networks of bots. As a stand-alone component the StopBot client will effectively inhibit the ability to use its host as a host for bots. It will be available as a free download from the CDA web-site. CDA will maintain the correlation, fusion, and response capability and will use it as a basis of a for pay subscription service.

Novel Diagnostic Imaging System

N10PC20018 0921142
(FY09.2 Phase I)
Standoff Diagnostic Imaging System for IEDs

Brandt Innovative Technologies, Inc.
W230 N4901 Betker Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072-1432


We will conduct a study to explore current diagnostic imaging technologies, a search for novel technologies, or combinations of known technologies in innovative and novel packaging that can potentially meet the sophisticated diagnostic imaging needs of the bomb technician. We will analyze novel and futuristic potential techniques to provide decision making via a ranking of the impact and effectiveness of the candidates for providing a technical solution to the current strategic and technological dilemma. Each potential technology will be examined for the difficulties anticipated in order to fully develop each approach; and an estimate will be made of technological and cost-effectiveness for each, in order that a decision can be made whether or not to pursue any of the technologies into a prototype phase - -as the long-term goal is to provide possible working alternative solutions to the problem of imaging an IED in one pass. We believe we have an innovative and novel solution for IED analysis. We propose to demonstrate the technical feasibility of a laser-based, phased-array ultrasound technology to image the contents of IEDs, combined with Lased-induced Breakdown spectroscopy to characterize the surface of the IED and any trace chemical components left on that surface..