Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Bulk Currency Vapor Detection in Confined Spaces

HSHQDC-13-C-00101 HSHQDC-13-R-00032-H-SB013.2-001-0024-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00032 Phase I)

KWJ Engineering Inc.
8440 Central Avenue
Suite 2D
Newark, CA 94560-3453


KWJ leverages its extensive experience to develop an automatic clandestine currency detection system (CCDS) for screening smuggled money in DHS real world applications. The ideal such system is equipped with probe (sampling, pre-concentration and detection), sensor array detection system or analytical instrument combination, analysis hardware and software, and communications components. The proposed CCDS can identify the unique signature of U.S. banknotes precisely, fast, and, in a non-intrusive manner, and can be deployed and easily used. Phase I will isolate and identify the ideal the technology for the field detection of concealed money. Further, through the Phase I effort, comprehensive knowledge regarding the criteria and the optimum technologies for developing a CCDS will be collected and organized within a disciplined evaluation matrix. This knowledge is valuable for this project and for developing other field screening techniques to complement existing DHS operations. In Phase I, we will perform a comprehensive survey to identify the best technology and optimum path to develop the CCDS. The exact US currency signature and the specifications required for detecting bulk currency in confined spaces will be quantified. The optimum technique for building a CCDS will be selected based on thorough technique survey, KWJ's extensive gas sensing and field analytical experience, and a sound statistical systems engineering evaluation of the information. A final report includes the optimized path to an innovative CCDS with supporting alpha design documentation. In Phase II, a prototype of CCDS can be fabricated and tested by KWJ itself or by cooperating with appropriate partners.

Software Based Roots of Trust for Enhanced Mobile Device Security

HSHQDC-13-C-00111 HSHQDC-13-R-00032-H-SB013.2-002-0019-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00032 Phase I)
Software Based Roots of Trust for Enhanced Mobile Device Security

RAM Laboratories, Inc.
591 Camino de la Reina
Suite 610
San Diego, CA 92108-3108


Mobile devices require security features that are utilized by application developers and users to ensure secure communication and commerce. Existing features on mobile hardware are often considered proprietary between the manufacturer and the telecommunications provider, rendering them unavailable for external use. Current works-around involve adding trusted hardware to the device, which increases cost and SWAP, while using a software keying approach places the device's Identity key outside of protected memory, subjecting it to attack. To provide the needed security, while addressing cost, SWAP, and performance, RAM Laboratories proposes to develop a Mobile Device Trust Solution that implements Roots of Trust (RoTs) via a firmware solution that builds on secure mobile device TrustZone(R) technology, hardware virtualization, TPM Mobile specifications and Android device drivers. The resultant solution will provide a software-based trusted chipset-equivalent security for mobile applications by establishing a Identity to fingerprint the device for keying and signature generation. This Identity is generated by extracting physical circuitry information from physically unclonable functions (PUFs) that establish a unique Identity for the device. The PUFs support a verification engine that generates signatures and keys for RoT Verification; they are used for key generation to encrypt storage for RoT Storage; and, they are used as a basis for keying and activation codes for managing assertions for RoT - Integrity. Our solution will be integrated with our teammate, ViaSat's, Secure Mobility Environment (SME) firmware and targeted to Samsung Galaxy Note II and S4 devices. Phase I takes this technology from TRL 2 to TRL 4.