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Proposal Number: 0611048
Proposal Title: Membrane-Based Interferometric Respiration Sensor
Topic Number: H-SB06.1-005
Phase: Phase I
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the national need to increase transportation security and to prevent human smuggling within cargo containers, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop Membrane-based Interferometric Respiration Sensor (MIRS), based on a semipermeable, membrane that preferentially transmits carbon dioxide and an active interferometric readout to detect minute periodic variations in carbon dioxide concentration within a container caused by human respiration. The MIRS incorporates on-board data analysis to detect the presence of humans with low-false alarm rates. The MIRS will have a wireless transmitter to send an alarm to security personnel and to identify the container and time of alarm. It will consume <1 mA of battery current, thus ensuring long-term operation without battery change. The MIRS will be low-cost, easy to install and easy to use, compact, and rugged, and capable of operation in harsh environmental conditions. The compact, MIRS can also be used to search for victims of natural disasters (earthquakes, hurricanes), and for medical applications (as a capnometer). In Phase I POC will demonstrate the feasibility of MIRS by fabricating an experimental prototype and demonstrating its performance in various environmental conditions. In Phase II POC plans to develop engineering prototypes for field evaluation and testing.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC060133
Period of Performance: 09/01/2006 - 03/15/2007
Award/Contract Value: $99,993.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,993.00