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Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance
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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB014.1-006
Smartphone or Tablet Controlled Devices for Radiation Detection, Identification, Classification and Quantification

HSHQDC-14-C-00031 HSHQDC-14-R-00005-H-SB014.1-006-0001-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00005 Phase I)
Smartphone Enabled Spectroscopic Gamma-Neutron Radiation Sensor

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699

05/01/2014
to
10/31/2014
$149,615.86

RMD is proposing the development of Smart-Phone Enabled Radionuclide Identifier (SERI), a new detection instrument designed to take full advantage of smartphone / tablet technology. The hardware platform will include a new advanced scintillator that will provide both high gamma-ray efficiency and spectroscopic performance, but also provide high neutron efficiency. The unit will communicate wirelessly to a smartphone / tablet, providing an interface for isotope ID and reach-back functionality. The early stage research is to optimally design the hardware components while moderating cost. Additionally, the software architecture of the accompanying application will be designed, including evaluation of key algorithms needed to determine isotope identity. The final product will be an instrument primarily geared to first responders. It will be compact, easily transportable and possibly worn, battery operable and rugged. Furthermore, with the novel detector design, it will provide a completely new level of performance.

H-SB014.1-006
Smartphone or Tablet Controlled Devices for Radiation Detection, Identification, Classification and Quantification

HSHQDC-14-C-00028 HSHQDC-14-R-00005-H-SB014.1-006-0010-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00005 Phase I)
Low-Cost Radiation Detection Using a Smart Phone

CapeSym, Inc.
6 Huron Drive
Natick, MA 01760-1325

05/01/2014
to
10/31/2014
$149,999.52

Accurate high-performance, low-cost handheld devices are needed by law enforcement and first responders for the detection, identification, classification and reporting of radioactive materials. The goal of this program is to produce a compact, low-power radiation identifier that costs less than $500 to make and communicates with a smartphone or tablet for computational analysis. CapeSym will leverage its established CdZnTe manufacturing capability to integrate a high-performance CdZnTe detector into the device, although the architecture is also compatible with scintillating detectors. The Phase I effort will demonstrate breadboard validation (Technology Readiness Level 4) of the novel processing architecture, leading to a commercial product that is a D-cell battery-sized detection module which can be sold directly to first responders. The companion phone/tablet app will provide accurate radiation detection, radionuclide identification, user interface display, and user control of the detection module, through either wired or wireless communication, at very low cost. The phone/tablet app will also provide reach-back with GPS for spatio-temporal mapping of radiation levels. The technology will enable more thorough and wide-spread radiation monitoring and reporting to improve public safety.