Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Mobile Footprint Detection

HSHQDC-14-C-00018 HSHQDC-14-R-00005-H-SB014.1-001-0006-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00005 Phase I)
Polarization Enhanced Thermal (eTherm) Imager for Mobile Footprint Detection

Polaris Sensor Technologies
200 Westside Square
Suite 320
Huntsville, AL 35801-4875


Imaging polarimetry has demonstrated the ability for detection of military targets in situations where traditional imaging sensors fall short. Detection of polarization of light emitted or reflected from objects in a scene enhances contrast between objects and backgrounds, providing additional information about the geometry, material, temperature, and surface characteristics of the objects in the scene. Polaris Sensor Technologies has developed an infrared polarimetric imager for military applications that will be adapted here to detect footprints and other signs of human activity in the desert through surface texture and other changes in the soil due to foot traffic. The Phase I will use an existing system for data collection, demonstrate the capability, and produce a system design with user interface and features customized for the CBP mission to be implemented in Phase II. The eTherm sensor at completion of Phase II will provide real time video suitable for use on a vehicle travelling up to 25 mph on unimproved roads while monitoring the border. The CBP agent will view fused IR and polarimetric imagery and receive alerts from the eTherm system via a smart phone or tablet interface. Strong commercial potential applications exist with CBP, a major drone manufacturer, and DoD.

Mass Delivery of Countermeasures to High Consequence Diseases (HCD) in Wildlife

HSHQDC-14-C-00025 HSHQDC-14-R-00005-H-SB014.1-002-0002-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00005 Phase I)
Hands-off oral vaccine delivery system to immunize wildlife populations against high consequence diseases.

FoodSource Lure Corporation
520 Galloway Circle
Alabaster, AL 35007-4027


The overall goal of this research project is to develop an effective, economical, bait-based oral vaccine delivery system for immunizing wildlife populations against high consequence diseases. This system is based on FoodSource Lures patented Incortrix bait formulation that can be used to incorporate complex agents such as vaccines with minimal loss of biological activity when exposed to the environment for several weeks. Our system has a number of novel features that will allow it to be deployed quickly over large areas and that should provide long term immunity in wildlife populations and thus help protect nearby livestock from infection. The specific objective of Phase I of this SBIR proposal is to obtain initial proof of concept for our delivery system when applied to two distinct categories of oral vaccines: a) recombinant live virus; and b) targeted protein subunits in microsphere carriers. Our preliminary testing of the bait system for delivery of a recombinant live virus will test several variations of the Incortrix bait to identify one which is most palatable to bighorn sheep. The subunit vaccine protein will be encapsulated within microspheres that are designed to minimize degradation of the protein as it passes through the harsh conditions of the stomach. Our novel oral vaccine system should be adaptable for a wide variety of animal pathogens; we expect that it may ultimately be used as a general method for immunizing livestock against common infectious agents.