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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB011.2-001
Low Power Tri-axial Acoustic Sensor

D11PC20240 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-001-0022-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Low-power Tri-axial Acoustic Sensor

Aerogage Corporation
7 Matthew Lane
Sterling, MA 01564-1541

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$99,995.00

The objective of this topic is to develop an affordable directional acoustic sensor that can be employed with a UGS unit to track targets of interest. The proposed approach is to use an array of three microphones to generate accurate estimates of bearing (azimuth and elevation) of different types of acoustic sources, including aircraft, ground vehicles, and personnel. The proposal includes a novel signal processor that will improve the performance of the system over current approaches, including the ability to reduce the self-noise for the channels and to reduce the effect of wind noise. The proposed system will be low cost and will operate with low power dissipation and high accuracy.

H-SB011.2-002
Improved Wipes for Surface Sampling of Chemical Agents on Porous Materials

D11PC20244 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-002-0006-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Improved Wipes for Surface Sampling of Chemical Agents on Porous Materials

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3102

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$99,989.91

In this effort, TIAX LLC will evaluate the innovative combination of commercially available materials that will permit the efficient and reproducible extraction, collection, concentration, recovery and analysis of trace low volatility chemicals that may be present in porous surfaces such as concrete, brick, tile, or painted wallboard. This work builds upon the demonstrated ability of the materials to efficiently collect such compounds from solid surfaces and to permit their reproducible recovery for analysis. The development and evaluation of this enhanced surface wipe material and methodology will yield an approach to the sampling and analysis of surfaces that have been contaminated by low volatility, low water solubility organic compounds, such as toxic industrial chemicals or chemical warfare agents. After a chemical contamination event, the results obtained from this approach can be used for subsequent legal proceedings and also to verify cleanliness of porous surface materials after decontamination procedures have been applied. The identified wipe material and procedures will have wide commercial applicability to contamination evaluation and as such a wide market potential for use in environmental contamination scenarios. This Phase I effort will comprise a program to demonstrate and validate the proposed approach at a Technology Readiness Level of 4, "Component and or breadboard validation in a laboratory environment".

H-SB011.2-002
Improved Wipes for Surface Sampling of Chemical Agents on Porous Materials

D12PC00473 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-002-0006-II
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase II)
Development of a New Collection Methodology for Low Volatility Chemicals from Porous Surfaces

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3102

09/06/2012
to
09/20/2014
$749,903.00

In this effort, TIAX LLC will complete development of an innovative combination of commercially available materials that will permit the efficient and reproducible extraction, collection, concentration, recovery and analysis of low volatility chemicals from porous surfaces such as concrete, painted wall board, and flooring tiles. This work builds on a successful Phase I program, that demonstrated a proprietary method that collects significantly higher amounts of target compounds when compared to a standard collection method. Those higher comparative yields were up to 50 times greater than the standard method that utilizes gauze wipes with a solvent. The successful development and evaluation of this new surface collection methodology will yield a new SOP for the sampling and analysis of surfaces that have been contaminated by low volatility organic chemicals. After a chemical contamination event, the results obtained from this approach can be used for subsequent legal proceedings and also to verify the effectiveness decontamination procedures on porous surfaces. The fully developed method will have commercial uses in the analysis of low volatility chemicals, and as such a wide market potential for use in both environmental contamination and forensic applications. This Phase II effort will allow this methodology to proceed through a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 "Component and/or breadboard validation in a relevant environment". If exercised, the proposed two Option Years will then result in a TRL level of 7, "System prototype demonstration in an operational environment".

H-SB011.2-002
Improved Wipes for Surface Sampling of Chemical Agents on Porous Materials

D11PC20242 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-002-0007-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Highly Absorptive Nanostructured Chemical Wipe

EIC Laboratories, Inc
111 Downey Street
Norwood, MA 02062-2612

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$99,967.16

Wipe sampling provides a convenient method for determining if a surface is contaminated by chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In wipe sampling, a pad is wetted with solvent and wiped over the surface of interest. The pad is then extracted and the extract is analyzed for the presence of the contaminant. Many of the surfaces that are sampled in an emergency response, cleanup or clearance scenario are porous or absorptive. The removal of low-volatility chemicals by wipes from these surfaces is significantly more challenging than from hard, non-absorptive surfaces. We propose to develop a chemical wipe that removes significantly more contaminant from porous surfaces than is removed by currently available wipes. The new wipes will have structures that provide increased capillary action, absorptive capacity and the ability to penetrate into surface pores. In the Phase 1, we will fabricate wipes and rigorously measure their ability to wipe-sample a nerve agent stimulant from concrete and painted wallboard. The results will be compared to those obtained using standard cotton wipes. In the Phase II, we will optimize the wipe fabrication and perform extensive wipe-sampling evaluation using a wider range of surfaces and contaminants. The initial market for the wipes will be for the detection of CWA residue. However, the wipe pads will also be of significant value in other industries such as environmental monitoring, industrial hygiene, and security, as well as having use in the household markets. The technology will also likely have applications in protective fabrics and decontamination materials.

H-SB011.2-004
Short Standoff Checkpoint Detection Systems for Explosives

D11PC20249 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-004-0033-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Stand-off Explosives Detection by Photothermal Emission Imaging

Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC
77 Oak St
Suite 201
Newton, MA 02464-1460

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$99,999.99

TSA is seeking techniques for non-contact detection of trace explosive residue on a person's body, clothing or baggage. A TSA checkpoint screens about 200 passengers per hour. TSA is already deploying millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray Advanced Imaging Technologies (AITs) to enable Transportation Security Officers to detect non-metallic anomalies beneath clothing. TSA is now seeking a trace explosives sensor that would be integrated into the AIT system and operate concurrently, thereby minimizing sensor footprint and impact on passenger throughput. Bodkin Design & Engineering is will develop a resonant photothermal imaging system for explosives residues on personnel and clothing. The system will be designed to be integrated with the existing AIT scanners and to measure all exposed surfaces of an entire person in less than 20 seconds. The initial effort will target explosive materials TNT and RDX as well as ammonium nitrate and urea nitrate.

H-SB011.2-006
Intelligent 'Object' Symbology

D11PC20254 DHS SBIR-2011.2-H-SB011.2-006-0003-I
(DHS SBIR-2011.2 Phase I)
Dynamic Information Environment for Coordinated Attribution of Symbol Traits (DIE-CAST)

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555

10/15/2011
to
04/30/2012
$99,993.57

Emergency responders are tasked with maintaining awareness of a massive number of disparate pieces of information, garnered through a broad variety of electronic sources (e.g., emergency alerting systems, semi-structured RSS feeds, computer-aided dispatch). To be effective, these responders need support tools that allow them to automatically visualize and track the location, type, and status of emergency events and relief efforts in real-time within map-based displays. These tools must: (1) provide an intuitive, dynamic symbol system for automatically incorporating mission-critical event and resource data within a visual representation that allows emergency responders to spatially perceive and understand key needs and pain points; (2) provide real-time awareness of shifts in event conditions through direct, intuitive access to decision-critical meta-information that is typically buried within the display, if available at all; and (3) incorporate the contextual awareness of emergency responders by facilitating tailoring of generated symbols as the situation evolves. To help emergency responders more efficiently understand and track the status of crisis events in real-time, we propose a Phase I effort to design and demonstrate the feasibility of a Dynamic Information Environment for Coordinated Attribution of Symbol Traits (DIE-CAST). DIE-CAST will use an intelligent, meta-information driven symbol attribution system to automatically provide emergency responders with dynamically updated representations of mission-critical events and resources within an intuitive geospatial context. This environment will increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which information is used and shared by responders from distinct disciplines, jurisdictions, and response levels, dramatically increasing the speed and success of emergency operations.