Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Quick Disconnect Cables for Utility Power Distribution Systems

D14PC00072 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0001-II
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase II)
Quick Release Connector

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


The proposed SkySight Technologies Quick Release Connector will independently detect an unexpected mechanical load on the power distribution line. The compact and lightweight SkySight Quick Release Connector uses existing methods and hardware to integrate into the infrastructure, and no special tools or skills are required. While the connector can be latched by hand without any special tools, it cannot be released until the auto-sensing release is triggered or the lineman releases it. When the line tension reaches the predetermined level, the line will be released and can fall to the ground. After release, the SkySight Quick Release Connector body remains attached to the utility pole and the line can be easily reached for line reattachment. Constructed from materials able to withstand harsh environmental conditions, the SkySight Quick Release Connector provides decades of operational life. The Phase II effort begins at a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 4. A TRL 7 is expected at completion of Phase II. The Phase II effort will focus on refining the concept and constructing pre-production prototypes for field demonstration and testing. Additional commercial applications include telecommunications cables on the same poles as power lines.

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.


NBCHC070051 0522015
(FY05.2 Phase II)

LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835-9395


Non-cooperative vessel tracking to assess potential threats is becoming increasingly important to the defense of the U.S. coastline and ports of entry; so there is a need to identify and intercept potential threats well before they reach our shores. To support this critical surveillance activity a Phase I Program established a relatively low cost, long life, moored buoy based vessel detection / signal processing system concept, that could be readily deployed by Coast Guard or Navy vessels in forward areas as a barrier and have an acoustic detection range of 20NM. The system would provide a communication link to a shore station for sorting and tracking the detected vessels of interest. The Phase II program will fabricate and deploy such a deep ocean, moored acoustic array prototype system to demonstrate operational performance. Contact and track reports will be relayed back to a shore station. LewTech Company plans to commercialize the resulting technology from this program by fully supporting the Coast Guard / Navy Maritime Domain Awareness mission requirements. This technology will also be readily expanded or used directly in supporting various tactical operations and surveillance systems for such organizations as the Navy, DEA, BATFE, NOAA and the Special Forces.