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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB011.1-001
Small Vessel Cooperative Identification and Tracking (SVCT) and Noncooperative Vessel Imaging and Tracking (NVIT) Technologies

D11PC20133 1111034
(FY11.1 Phase I)
Multispectral Omnidirectional Small Vessel Identification Imaging and Tracking Camera System

Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501-1821

05/15/2011
to
11/30/2011
$99,985.00

To address the DHS need for small vessel cooperative identification and tracking (SVCT) and non-cooperative vessel imaging and tracking (NVIT) technologies, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Multispectral Omnidirectional Small Vessel Identification Imaging and Tracking Camera (MOVIDITC) system. The proposed MOVIDITC system is based on a unique integration of POC`s demonstrated subsystem technologies, including omnidirectional 360-degree optics, multispectral imaging sensors, scanning telescopic imager, multitarget video tracker, eye-safe laser designation with high sensitivity heterodyne detection, and omnidirectional retroreflective responder for cooperative small vessels to provide unique identifier codes and other vessel information. By using MEMS-based gyrosensors and lightweight mirror-scanning devices, the system provides stabilized imagery with real-time target tracking. In Phase I, POC will develop the MOVIDITC design and demonstrate its feasibility in meeting DHS`s requirements and desired enhancements by engineering analysis and prototype evaluation using a laboratory breadboard setup. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a fully functional prototype for testing in a simulated laboratory maritime environment, and evaluate its performance and suitability for SVCT and/or NVIT. In Phase III an engineering prototype will be developed, incorporating MOVIDITC`s SVCT and NVIT capability into a DHS platform for evaluation in an operational environment for production readiness.

H-SB011.1-002
Preparation of Environmental Samples for Biological Detection

D11PC20135 1111004
(FY11.1 Phase I)
Multistage Dielectrophoretic Sample Preparation System

Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501-1821

05/15/2011
to
11/30/2011
$99,992.00

High-fidelity biomolecular analysis techniques, such as PCR, DNA sequencing, or ELISA, rely heavily on adequate sample preprocessing. To achieve maximum performance from these sensitive analytical techniques, the DHS needs novel methods for flow-through systems that prepare and concentrate biological materials from environmental samples. Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a Multistage Dielectrophoretic Sample Preparation (MDSP) system, based on a size-exclusion filtering method combined with a multistage electrodeless dielectrophoretic separation technique. Separation of biological material is followed by bio-material purification, elution, concentration, and collection. The MDSP system will be composed of a reusable microfluidic chip, microfluidic platform, and readout unit. The innovations in the MDSP system enable it to perform biological material separation into four classes: bacterial cells and spores, viral particles, DNAs/RNAs, and proteins/polypeptides. In Phase I, POC will demonstrate the feasibility of the MDSP system by developing a benchtop prototype capable of separating, purifying, concentrating, and collecting the four individual classes of biological material from a mixture containing mineral debris in less than 15 minutes. In Phase II, POC plans to develop a fully functional MDSP system prototype capable of processing biological material from environmental samples, such as soil, that can be integrated into an automated detection system.

H-SB011.1-003
Public Safety Broadband Mobile Application for Mission Critical Voice

D11PC20138 1111017
(FY11.1 Phase I)
Creating a Pragmatic Plan to Deploy and Evolve an LTE Centric Mission Critical Mobile Voice System

Covia Labs, Inc.
465 Fairchild Drive
Suite 130
Mountian View, CA 94043-2252

05/15/2011
to
11/30/2011
$100,000.00

In this Phase I proposal, Covia Labs proposes the development of a plan for a new standardized methodology and application framework to ensure that future 700MHz LTE infrastructure and handsets meet the necessary requirements for mission critical mobile voice. These requirements will be identified during discussions with regional public safety centers established to foster collaboration among the public safety community. In parallel, research will be conducted into the current and planned state of the LTE standards and implementations for direct applicability for critical voice services. The plan to meet the resulting detailed requirements will leverage the extensive development of the Covia Connector software interoperability platform. Any devices, infrastructure and applications built using this platform will benefit from its unified security, communications bridging, fault-tolerance, configuration management, binary portability and unit testing models. This will ensure that equipment and infrastructure can be transitioned and evolved into a system with a high degree of interoperability across all the necessary technologies and different vendors` software and hardware well into the future. Appropriate LTE hardware for the Connector platform will be identified.

H-SB011.1-006
Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

D11PC20146 1111019
(FY11.1 Phase I)
Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent Armor Lens System

Physical Optics Corporation
20600 Gramercy Place, Building 100
Torrance, CA 90501-1821

05/15/2011
to
11/30/2011
$99,996.00

To address this HSARPA need, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Visor-Enhanced SCBA Transparent Armor (VESTA) lens, based on a transparent metallic-oxide material system, and serving as a drop-in replacement lens in current mask systems. VESTA possesses improved thermomechanical durability (compared to existing polycarbonate lenses) with 5x greater service temperatures and 3x greater ballistic impact resistance. Candidate materials will be identified based on visual acuity, hardness, and resistance to impact, scratching, and temperature, so the VESTA lens provides effective protection in the most hazardous of environments (i.e., high temperatures). In Phase I, we will evaluate candidate material(s) for infrared reflectivity and thermodynamic stability, and develop a comprehensive test plan, including exposure to extremely high temperatures. A proof-of-concept prototype will be produced. In Phase II, POC will develop a full-scale prototype of the VESTA lens and evaluate it in simulated operational environments and training facilities. Formal testing will validate the system to NFPA 1981. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing enhanced personal protective equipment for First Responders. Commercial applications for VESTA include enhanced protective eyewear for medical and industrial workers.