Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Development of Cost-Effective Iterative Reconstruction Computing Platforms for Computed Tomography (CT)-based Explosive Detection Equipment

D15PC00110 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-003-0004-II
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase II)
Inversion Engine: A Custom Hardware/Software/Algorithmic Solution for Fast MBIR Imaging

High Performance Imaging LLC
1281 Win Hentschel Blvd Ste W1105
West Lafayette, IN 47906-4182


Model-based image reconstruction (MBIR) has been demonstrated to have great potential value in a variety of DHS applications including baggage and cargo CT scanning. However, while MBIR has the potential to reduce artifacts and increase resolution, the computational requirements remain a barrier to its application. High Performance Imaging LLC seeks to create and commercialize the InversionEngine, a novel integration of algorithms/software/hardware that will reduce the cost and time for computation of MBIR methods to levels feasible for EDS applications. The InversionEngine will provide a turnkey OEM solution to vendors that will allow them to incorporate MBIR technology into a wide variety of imaging systems, thereby eliminating an important technical and market barrier. The InversionEngine is designed to be geometry agnostic, so it will efficiently compute the solution to a wide variety of reconstruction problems, including CT systems with either dense or sparse views. HPI's commercialization plan is to license the technology first to TSA vendors that provide systems for screening baggage and cargo. In addition, other fertile markets exist for the InversionEngine in scientific imaging, industrial inspection, commercial imaging, and medical imaging.

Status Indicator for Downed Power Lines

D15PC00109 HSHQDC-14-R-00035-H-SB014.2-005-0005-II
(HSHQDC-14-R-00035 Phase II)
Downed Power Line Sensor

SkySight Technologies LLC
5836 Highview Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46818-1905


The proposed SkySight Technologies Downed Power Line Sensor will detect and alert to the presence of a downed power line and its energized status through a sensor on the power line. In the event of a downed power line, an alert message is sent via wireless network to the utility provider regarding the lines energized status. A concurrent visual onsite indicator flashes to alert first responders and others at the scene to the hazard. The serialized sensor will provide information regarding pole location as well. The study will demonstrate the feasibility of a sensor able to provide real-time line status information that a utility provider can use to plan restoration repairs that return power to the greatest number of people by quickly and accurately dispatching crews to locations where unsafe conditions exist. A Technology Readiness Level TRL 4 is expected at the beginning of the Phase II effort, with a TRL 7 expected at completion. The Phase II effort is focused on refining and updating the design, fabricating prototypes, laboratory testing to meet rigorous standards, and field testing in the working utility grid. Commercial applications include use by large and small utility companies maintaining the estimated 500,000 miles of high voltage transmissions lines in the United States.