Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

GPS Resolution in Denied Location (GRIDLOC)

D11PC20156 1014005
(FY10.1 Phase II)
Geospatial Underground Tracking Solution (GUTS)

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


Increasingly, clandestine tunnels under our southern and northern borders continue to be a problem for illicit smuggling operations. The Q-Track Geospatial Underground Tracking System (GUTS) provides real time positioning of robotic equipment and first responder personnel operating in a GPS and short range radio-frequency denied areas. GUTS is capable of deployment in a variety of underground environments from sewage systems to interdicted, cross-border tunnels deep underground. Easy to operate, the underground asset can be located in minutes and a spatial map generated for evidentiary usage as well as tunnel remediation efforts such as drilling. In Phase II, we will deploy our prototype GUTS system at interdicted tunnels in the U.S. Southwest sectors. Incorporating feedback from CBP and ICE end users, we will then fabricate a ruggedized GUTS system according to operational requirements generated in conjunction with the San Diego, Nogales, and El Paso Tunnel task forces. Finally, Q-Track will integrate its GUTS system with robotic platforms suitable for deployment in challenging cross-border tunnel environments. The Phase II effort is intended to bring GUTS from its current TRL of 6 to a TRL of 9.

Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels

HSHQDC-13-C-00028 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-001 -0009-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase II)
Non-freezing Portable Vehicle Wash Tunnels

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


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

Firearms and Ammunition Test Equipment

HSHQDC-13-C-00026 DHS SBIR-2012.1-H-SB012.1-004-0015-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.1 Phase II)
Virtual Shooter

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


The Phase II Virtual Shooter project objective is the design, development, fabrication, assembly, and test of a 6 degree-of-freedom (DOF) device which will fully simulate the recoil reactions of a wide range of human shooters, hand guns, and ammunition types. This program is based on the work now being completed under Phase I of SBIR topic no. H-SB012.1-004, contract number HSHQDC-12-C-00039, revised completion date Dec. 31, 2012. The work under this Phase I effort has produced a computer based dynamic shooter model based on extensive data acquired under the Phase I research effort. This model will be used as the basis for the primary objective of Phase II; the delivery of a complete 6DOF virtual shooter device to DHS S&T Directorate, National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU). This proposed Phase II program extends over two years, the first (base) year primary deliverable will be a prototype 6 DOF Virtual Shooter device demonstrating all of the basic capabilities desired by NFTTU. At the end of the second year a prototype production design will be demonstrated and delivered, ready for acceptance by DHS and for commercial sales. The initial TRL for the virtual shooter device at Phase II project inception is estimated to be 3. At the end of Phase II, the TRL is estimated to be 7 for the device.

Generation Textiles for Multi-Threat Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

HSHQDC-13-C-00078 DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-005-0013-II
(DHS SBIR-2012.2 Phase II)
Kappler SBIR-2012.2-005 Phase II

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


Kappler proposes to further define and develop a novel fabric composite that when integrated into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garments, provides protection to the wearer from multiple threats. The proposed research builds on the strength of the Phase I effort where Kappler validated the base fabric's capability to protect from chemical, biological, and flame hazards, and simultaneously be split into two fabric lines in the same fabric family. The primary objectives for this Phase II SBIR will be to 1. Test and confirm the developed base chemical/biological/FR fabric identified in Phase I to NFPA 1994 Class 2 and other certification requirements, 2. Test a modified version of the base fabric to NFPA 1994 Class 3, & 4 certification requirements 3. To design garments constructed of both fabric items and test to both requirements and 4. To identify and work with a separate company to manufacture the proposed garment resulting in the creation of more jobs and greater revenue to Kappler through fabric sales. Kappler expects to develop, validate, produce, and commercialize a full spectrum novel protective fabric that will be utilized by both first responders and security personnel that oftentimes deal with multiple unknown threats.

A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities

HSHQDC-16-C-00027 HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-005-0017-II
(HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase II)
Next Generation First Responder Communication Hub

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


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.


D06PC75222 (formerly NBCHC060070) 0512016
(FY05.1 Phase II)
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


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, demonstrate, and validate a novel integrated microfluidic cartridge exploiting advanced electrokinetics for preparation of complex liquid samples for genomic analysis. The Phase I study successfully demonstrated three critical elements: (1) sorting of bacterial cells (2) electric field driven microbial lysis, and (3) DNA capture and elution in a microfluidic extraction chamber. Physical prototypes of the components were fabricated and experimentally demonstrated. During Phase II, these components will be optimized and integrated along with a novel pre-concentrator to develop an integrated microfluidics sample preparation card. The integrated cartridge will be validated in challenge situations mixing simulants and threat agents with real-world contaminants. Proprietary design tools will be used to guide component development and layout optimization. An experienced, multi-disciplinary team with expertise in microfluidics engineering, microfabrication, and agent testing has been assembled.


NBCHC080034 0612025
(FY06.1 Phase II)
Novel Electrostatics-based Sampler for Bioaerosol Collection in Small Analysis Volumes

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


Current biodetection systems first collect airborne pathogens in a liquid, followed by detection While aerosol sampling technologies have been driven to protecting larger spaces, requiring large liquid collection volumes (several ml), state-of-the-art biosensors have been moving to ultra-low sensitivity needing only a very small fraction (few ml) of this collection volume. This mismatch leads to decreased assay sensitivity, increased probabilities of false alarms and increase in logistical burden. Addressing this issue, our overall objective is to design and demonstrate a novel electrostatics-based sampler that captures agent containing particles into order of magnitude smaller collection volumes that can then be processed directly by sensors. In Phase I, a novel electrostatics-based air-to-air aerosol concentrator was conceived, fabricated and demonstrated to be capable of concentrating particle over multiple orders of magnitude. Electrospray-based volumetric capture of focused particles was also demonstrated to hold great promise for highly efficient scrubbing of particles within the small volume constraints. During Phase II, these individual components will be further optimized and subsequently integrated along with COTS components to develop a sampler prototype. The sampler prototype will be challenged with both simulants and selected threat agents. Our unique development approach synergizing state-of-the-art simulation-based design with advanced prototyping and experimental testing, along with the experienced team assembled, minimizes technical risk and accelerates development cycles.