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

H-SB010.1-006
GPS Resolution in Denied Location (GRIDLOC)

N10PC20209 1011130
(FY10.1 Phase I)
Geospatial Underground Tracking Solution (GUTS)

Q-Track Corporation
3414 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805-3672

05/17/2010
to
11/30/2010
$100,000.00

The problem of accurate, reliable location in GPS denied areas is acute especially in the context of tunnel interdiction efforts at the US borders. Conventional technologies such as LORAN or inertial guidance methods are ill suited to the problems encountered in an underground environment. QTrack has developed a suite of geolocation solutions that are capable of providing better than 1m tracking metrics at 95 percent confidence. Furthermore, we have demonstrated that our Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) based system is well suited to the problems of underground signal propagation (a demonstration of underground MOUT tracking can be viewed at our corporate website). This proposal is in support of developing an underground mapping and tracking solution for deployment by DHS for the purposes of tunnel interdiction. We anticipates developing a prototype Geospatial Underground Tracking Solution (GUTS) system by the end of Phase I and delivering a demonstration video to DHS.

H-SB012.1-001
Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels

HSHQDC-12-C-00033 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-001 -0009-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase I)
Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

06/01/2012
to
04/30/2013
$149,331.51

Our approach utilizes a mature, portable inflatable beam shelter to house modified commercial car wash equipment operated by an automated control system. The inflatable beam shelters are currently deployed with the US Military and are commonly used as decontamination shelters for military vehicles. The commercial wash equipment is modified to withstand the caustic chemical environment necessary to ensure sufficient decontamination. The entire tunnel wash system is deployed or stowed by 2 - 4 people in under 4 hours, operated by just 1 person, and packs into a common three-quarter ton pickup truck or van

H-SB012.1-004
Firearms and Ammunition Test Equipment

HSHQDC-12-C-00039 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-004-0015-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase I)
Virtual Shooter

Radiance Technologies, Inc.
350 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805-1961

06/01/2012
to
04/30/2013
$149,921.32

The Phase I project seeks to develop a design basis for a firearm testing device which will provide a "virtual shooter" for the operation and measurement of handgun and ammunition performance. The reactions of real human shooters will be measured as a function of the specific firing action results of the test weapon on the human physiology. A six degree-of-freedom (6DOF) model will be developed based on and validated by the collected real-shooter reaction data. The model will also be calibrated to predict the reaction of real shooters to firing tests as a function of the various modeled physical shooter types. A Phase 1 option may be added to develop a complete design of the Virtual Shooter mechanical firing device. Under Phase II, a specific "virtual shooter" device will be constructed and tested. This device will permit firearms and ammunition testing in a highly quantitative manner while avoiding physical risks to human testers. Specific human reactions (recoil, accuracy, etc,) may by this means be directly related to firearm and ammunitions design parameters through the virtual shooter characteristics of the 6DOF test device. The initial TRL for model and device at project inception is estimated to be 3. At the end of Phase I, the TRL is estimated to be 6 for the model and 4 for the device, which will be designed, fabricated, developed, and tested under Phase II of the program to a final TRL of 6.

H-SB012.2-005
Generation Textiles for Multi-Threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

HSHQDC-12-C-00078 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-005-0013-I
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase I)
Kappler SBIR-2012.2-005

Kappler, Inc
P.O. Box 490
Guntersville, AL 35976-0491

09/15/2012
to
03/14/2013
$97,856.23

Kappler proposes to develop a novel fabric composite that when constructed into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garments, provides protection to the wearer from multiple threats. The proposed research set forth by Kappler, Inc. is innovative in that it augments current Kappler base fabrics that protect from chemical, biologic, and flame hazards, but will now include protection from ballistic and stabbing threats. The primary objective for this Phase I SBIR will be to (1) investigate fabrication and joining technologies and techniques to integrate Kappler's Lantex(R) and Frontline(R) fabrics with other commercially available fabrics that meet national standards for ballistic and stabbing threats and (2) to ensure that the resultant garment meets end user requirements for usability, durability, and cost. Kappler expects to develop, validate, produce, and commercialize a full spectrum novel protective suit that will be utilized by both first responders and security personnel that oftentimes deal with multiple unknown threats.

H-SB013.1-005
Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

HSHQDC-13-C-00033 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0007-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Quick Disconnect System for Power Distribution Hardening and Resiliency

Streamline Automation, LLC
3100 Fresh Way SW
Huntsville, AL 35805-6720

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,735.58

Recent data shows that reported natural disasters have nearly ten-folded over the past century. Aside from the threat to human lives, they pose a great threat to America's infrastructure and power grid. Nearly 90% of all power interruption occurs at the distribution level and over 75% of these are weather related. The proposed Phase I effort aims to combat these unavoidable threats by developing a quick disconnect system for utility power distribution cables. The main goal of the innovation is to allow the power cable and support structure to become disengaged safely by adhering to all applicable OSHA, ANSI, IEEE and environmental standards; reliably by implementing both automated disengagement, triggered by detection of critical loads, and mechanical disengagement, resulting from critical loads applied to the cable/support structure; all without causing damage to the cables/support structures. The proposed solution shall create no interference with normal operation by utilizing self-power generation, low maintenance requirements, and an architecture that can be retrofitted to current cable/support structure designs. In the event that restoration is necessary, the proposed solution will be able to be reconfigured with no special tools allowing restoration efforts to be as quick and efficient as possible. The Phase I efforts seeks to show the feasibility of the proposed Quick Disconnect System which possesses a high TRL because the Phase I design can be developed using nearly all OTS hardware and electronics. Phase II seeks to refine, optimize and finalize its design as an immediate means of increasing distribution network resiliency.

H-SB013.1-005
Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

HSHQDC-13-C-00032 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0009-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Intelligent In-Line Power Disconnect System

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,917.59

This proposal is for an intelligent, in-line, power disconnect system (I2P) which is directly applicable to existing power line infrastructure. It requires no interruption in utility service for installation. The proposed connection would be coupled with strain sensing gauges and an array of sensors to facilitate gathering of real-time usage statistics, and assist in determining locations of downed utility lines. We intend to study several types of disconnection method and appraise each on its merits, and from the analysis select the most appropriate disengagement and reattachment method from cost, reliability, complexity, and overall savings. Our proposed electronics suite will monitor live loading conditions, and implement OTAR encryption to prevent sensitive data loss. At current no system has been fielded that gracefully degrades under catastrophic loading conditions. However, components of such a system are in widespread usage; hence, its Technology Readiness Level (TRL) prior to Phase I is appraised at 2.

H-SB014.1-001
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

05/01/2014
to
10/31/2014
$104,934.46

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.

H-SB014.1-002
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

05/01/2014
to
01/15/2015
$99,896.12

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.

H-SB014.2-005
Status Indicator for Downed Power Lines

HSHQDC-14-C-00064 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-005-0013-I
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase I)
Status Indicator for Downed Power Lines

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

09/01/2014
to
02/28/2015
$99,244.25

We utilize a very small single chip communication device connected to a micro controller and a GPS receiver to create a network of rugged, inexpensive, very small pole mounted devices. These devices or "nodes" can determine and report which phase line is disconnected and also which end of the lines are down. The exact location of the node that detects a break is also reported along with the date, time and an indication of whether or not the line is energized. A computer at the nearest sub-station is capable of actively sending an email and/or text message to one or more power company contact points to ensure that the closest responder is dispatched. A message is also sent to the central power management facility where a downed indication can be seen on a map display.

H-SB015.1-005
A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities

HSHQDC-15-C-00023 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-005-0017-I
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I)
Next Generation First Responder Communication Hub

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

05/01/2015
to
10/31/2015
$99,934.76

As technology advances, First Responders are presented with a growing suite of increasingly sophisticated sensors and communication tools that provide vital, up-to-the-minute situational awareness information about their surroundings, location and status of nearby First Responders, and personal well-being. For example, programs such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Apex Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) program are redefining the technical toolset available to First Responders. Additionally, an array of communication systems and devices is presented to the First Responder. These devices include short-range voice radios, smartphones with broadband network access, sophisticated multi-band voice and data radios, and everything in between. However, the number of available communication devices, their potential incompatibility between groups and jurisdictions of First Responders, and the ever increasing amount of low-level data to process can distract, frustrate, and overwhelm the First Responder. A need exists for an intelligent communications interface that interconnects the variety of sensors and electronics worn or carried by a Next Generation First Responder with multiple communication systems. This device would be a communications hub - a central device that efficiently, securely, and resiliently routes incoming and outgoing information to the chosen destination using the best available communication medium. A communications hub would improve efficiency and effectiveness of information transmission while removing the burden of constantly communicating low-level but critical data, thus allowing First Responders to focus on the task at hand.

H-SB016.1-004
Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders

HSHQDC-16-C-00055 HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-004-0022-I
(HSHQDC-16-R-00012 Phase I)
Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

05/02/2016
to
11/01/2016
$99,973.06

Integrated Solutions for Systems, Inc. (IS4S), a leader in advanced PNT technology, proposes to develop a personal First Responder navigation and tracking system for use in GPS-limited or denied environments. The system will Track First Responder motion with inertial-based pedometry combined with visual odometry Have a modular and scalable architecture to incorporate, but not rely on, other aiding sensors or information specific to the response environment (e.g. RF localization systems, maps, etc.) Incorporate standards to maximize operability with other connected systems and tools Send PNT solutions to the NGFR communication hub for transmission over available communication links, such as Land Mobile Radio (LMR) or Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks Require minimal to no interaction from the First Responder to operate.

H-SB04.1-002
Chem-Bio Sensors Employing Novel Receptor Scaffolds

NBCHC040079 04110255
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Phage Derived Receptor Scaffold

Weld Star Technology, Inc.
610 Jennifer Dr.
Auburn, AL 36830-7110

04/01/2004
to
10/15/2004
$99,999.50

The risk of biological terrorism is significant because of the high potency, widespread availability, and ease of dissemination of some biological threat agents. The earliest recognition of a bioterrorist attack may be indicated only by the clinical manifestation of the intended disease which, in some cases, can take days to weeks to present itself. Furthermore, laboratory confirmation of the diagnosis requires additional time. Despite the rapid advances in the development of identification methods such as fluorescent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), sensors that continuously monitor for the first signs of exposure to biological threat agents are needed. <br><br>Any monitoring device for the detection of biological threat agents requires a scaffolding probe as part of the sensing platform that is capable of binding the target agent. Many of the currently proposed monitoring devices utilize antibodies as the molecular recognition probe. A good antibody may be very selective in targeting a particular antigen; however, an antibody is a relatively fragile species whose binding characteristics rapidly degrade when exposed to unfavorable environments. Antibodies require affinity purification and stabilization for use as a scaffolding probe which significantly increases their cost. A stable, reproducible and inexpensive alternative to antibodies for use as a molecular recognition probe is needed. <br><br>Phage possess many of the desirable features of antibodies and have been shown to serve as a substitute for antibodies by binding soluble and cell-displayed antigens and receptors. Phage may exhibit high affinity, increased specificity and selectivity, long term stability as well as enhanced robustness compared with antibodies. In this Phase I effort, a phage derived probe for spores of B. anthracis will be investigated and compared with commercially available antibodies with respect to its ability to serve as a receptor scaffold on a biosensor platform. Techniques for the immobilization of the phage derived probe onto a unique sensing platform will also be examined in a parallel effort.<br>

H-SB04.1-003
Advanced Low Cost Aerosol Collectors for Surveillance Sensors and Personal Monitoring

NBCHC040110 04110360
(FY04.1 Phase I)
A Novel, Low Power, High Throughput, High Efficiency, Scalable Electrostatic Bioaerosol Sampler

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr.
5th Floor
Huntsville, AL 35805-1926

04/05/2004
to
10/19/2004
$99,948.00

Current bioaerosol monitoring strategies rely on inertia-based sampling and suffer from high power consumption and low efficiency limitations. In contrast, our overall objective is to design and demonstrate a novel electrostatic sampler that provides dramatic improvements including low power requirement (<100W), high throughput (500-1000L/min), high collection efficiency (>90% for 1-10mm), high viability (>80%), scalability for varying threat scenarios, low noise, and concentration of particles in liquid buffer. In an additional unique feature, our device will be able to discriminate desired size range, e.g., respirable fraction, from atmospheric background. The proposed technology will leverage on ongoing efforts at CFDRC to develop a personal-sized biosensor-sampler. Our main challenge is to increase throughput to 1000L/min while maintaining high efficiencies and minimizing losses. We will extend our existing technology by using a judicious combination of multiphysics analysis and experimentation. In Phase I, we will design, fabricate and test an electrostatic collector with innovative electrode design, along with charge modulation to maximize efficiency. Phase II will involve scale-up, system integration, and testing with class-based simulants and agents.

H-SB04.1-005
Marine Asset Tag Tracking System

NBCHC040063 04110249
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Marine Asset Tag Using Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging

Q-Track Corporation
3414 Governors Drive
Huntsville, AL 35805-3672

04/01/2004
to
09/15/2004
$97,148.00

We propose a Marine Asset Tag Tracking System (MATTS) using a breakthrough wireless tracking technology called near field electromagnetic ranging (NFER(TM)). The primary objective of Phase I is to validate that NFER(TM) technology is the best RF solution for tracking containers on ships and in ports. Phase I will also (1) develop an overall architecture for the MATTS; (2) design the container tag; (3) design the NFER(TM) access point; (4) prepare a conceptual design of the local Data Center, and (5) define the data link to the Global Data Center. MATTS should be capable of tracking containers in the following marine environments: (a) being loaded aboard ships, (b) stacked in a ship, (c) being unloaded, and (d) being moved and stacked in shipping terminals. Even without a NFER(TM) infrastructure at a port or ship, a DHS official should be able to use a NFER(TM) receiver to locate a specific container in a stack of containers provided the targeted container has a NFER(TM) tag. Q-Track Corporation, the pioneer in NFER(TM) technology, has teamed with On-Line Applications Research Corporation (OAR). OAR has over two decades of experience in architecture design, networking, sensor integration, and software engineering for federal information systems.

H-SB05.1-001
ADVANCED SAMPLE PROCESSING OF LIQUID, OR SOLID OR AEROSOL SAMPLES, OR A COMBINATION OF TWO OR THREE

NBCHC050114 0511082
(FY05.1 Phase I)
A Novel Electrokinetics-Driven, Integrated Microfluidic Cartridge for Sample Preparation from Complex Matrices

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr.
5th Floor
Huntsville, AL 35805-1926

06/01/2005
to
12/15/2005
$99,931.00

Sample preparation has been recognized as the single most important challenge to be faced in the development of detect-to-warn (DTW) systems (NRC, 2005). Available commercial sample preparation technologies are expensive, slow (30 min to 2 hours) and require trained laboratory technicians for operation. Addressing this need, we propose to design, fabricate, and demonstrate a novel integrated microfluidic cartridge exploiting advanced electrokinetics for preparation of complex liquid samples for genomic analysis. Building on CFDRC's expertise and proprietary platform in Phase I, we will demonstrate separation of bacterial cells from a contaminant-laden solution, followed by reagent-less lysis to extract the genomic content. Device designs will be guided by proven high-fidelity simulation methods developed by CFDRC. The microfabricated components will be tested and demonstrated in our well-equipped microfluidics laboratory. In Phase II, an integrated microfluidics sample preparation cartridge will be developed for ready interfacing with existing/next-generation detection technologies. The integrated cartridge will consist of separation, lysis, purification, pre-concentration and COTS components. Phase II prototype will be extensively demonstrated and characterized for samples containing various genomic targets in the presence of common atmospheric background (dust, pollen, etc.)

H-SB05.2-003
DISTRIBUTED BUOY VESSEL DETECTION SYSTEM

NBCHC060037 0521122
(FY05.2 Phase I)
A passive, multistatic, satellite based radar for maritime vessel detection and tracking

Intellectual Properties, Inc.
113 Castle Drive
Madison, AL 35758-8257

12/15/2005
to
09/30/2006
$161,851.84

The largest border in the United States is not the boundary between the US and Canada or the US and Mexico, but the coastlines. Maintaining security of our territorial waters is essential in the face of an increasingly hostile world. Current maritime security strategy rests on four pillars; awareness, prevention, protection, and, response. Of these, awareness is arguably the most important; however, security is presently dependent on various non-persistent coastal, limited national technical means, limited deployed organic sensors, limited automatic identification systems (AIS), and some ports with vessel tracking systems. There is a pressing need for maritime domain awareness encompassing persistent harbor, coastal and wide area surveillance. IPI proposes a Maritime Passive Multi-Static Moving Target Indicator (MTI) sensor mounted on buoy platforms. Only the receiver/processor portion of the sensor would be aboard since transmitters of opportunity are being utilized eliminating the weight of the transmitter and significantly reducing the power requirements. This makes the proposed sensor lighter, smaller, lower power, and lower cost than traditional sensor systems. It will provide day/night, all-weather capability while also providing the advantages of a passive sensor-i.e. no telltale radiation from the system to allow intruders to detect and possibly avoid the sensor net.

H-SB06.1-001
AEROSOL COLLECTION INTO LOW ANALYSIS VOLUMES (ACLAV)

NBCHC060091 0611201
(FY06.1 Phase I)
Novel Electrostatics-based Sampler for Bioaerosol Collection in Small Analysis Volumes

CFD Research Corporation
215 Wynn Dr.
5th Floor
Huntsville, AL 35805-1926

09/01/2006
to
03/15/2007
$99,918.00

Current bioaerosol monitoring and evaluation systems are largely based on collection of airborne pathogens in a liquid medium, followed by the detection of the targets of interest. While available aerosol collection technologies employ large collection volumes, biosensors are capable of processing only a small fraction of the collection volume. Our overall objective is to design and demonstrate a novel electrostatics-based sampler that is capable of directly capturing the incoming stream of aerosol particles in very small collection volumes. This reduced collection volume provides multiple benefits including greater assay sensitivity, reduced probabilities of false negatives and reduction in overall logistical burden. Building on CFDRC's proven electrostatic collection technology, we will demonstrate aerosol collection in a small volume of collection buffer. Our main challenge is to increase throughput to 100 L/min while maintaining high efficiencies and minimizing losses. During Phase I, collection, concentration and capture efficiencies factors will be clearly demonstrated, using a judicious combination of computer-aided design/analysis and experimental testing with BSL-1 organisms. Phase II will focus on prototype integration and testing with an extensive set of class-based simulants and agents. An inter-disciplinary team has been assembled to ensure project success.