Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Non-Detonable, Non-Hazardous, Low-Cost, Hexamethylene Triperoxide Diamine (HMTD) Training Aids for Canines

D10PC20043 1021022
(FY10.2 Phase I)
Canine training aids for HMTD detection

Physical Sciences Inc.
20 New England Business Center
Andover, MA 01810-1077


Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI), proposes to prepare a new class of training aids to be used for canine detection of HMTD. These training aids are expected to incorporate the components of non-energetic off-gas from genuine HMTD. By using an HMTD headspace proxy, it will be possible to present canines with a training aid that does not carry with it the handling, disposal and other concerns associated with the use of genuine samples of the sensitive energetic material. By incorporating these headspace gases in a controlled release presentation form that does not contain significant VOC`s, keying of the canines on packaging/labeling residuals will be avoided. In Phase I, PSI will identify the off-gas associated with HMTD degradation and adsorb these gases/liquids into a porous non-polymeric mixture for delivery. The scent profile of material formulated in this way will be assessed by headspace analysis in comparison to genuine HMTD headspace analysis. In Phase II, PSI will optimize the release system, create a final packaged solution and produce 100 training aids for evaluation with DHS detection dogs. The release system proposed for these HMTD training aids is expected to have potential application in a range of explosive and narcotic canine training products.

Automated Tool for Assessing Usability

D10PC20045 1021102
(FY10.2 Phase I)
PULSE Portable Usability Lab for System Evaluation

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street
Suite 1400
Woburn, MA 01801-1753


Usability greatly affects the acceptability, affordability, and overall success of technology. However, the resources that are typically required to ensure usability are substantial, and failing to do so will degrade a system`s ability to support the user`s mission, decrease the perceived value of the technology, and reduce the number of future transition opportunities. Aptima`s Portable Usability Lab for System Evaluation (PULSE) is a tool comprised of software and hardware that supports the analyst in gathering, organizing, and sharing usability evaluation requirements, automatically generating systematic test plans based on those requirements, implementing and adapting those test plans, and analyzing and interpreting the results. PULSE consists of four modules, each of which guides the analyst through the usability assessment process: Test Requirement Specification, Test Plan Generation, Data Collection, and Analysis. In addition to these modules, PULSE leverages a Community of Practice to supplement the analyst as the assessment is planned, executed, and analyzed. The collaborative nature of this functionality supports users with all levels of expertise by providing access to numerous resources that, typically, have been previously unavailable. PULSE is versatile, and provides an efficient and reliable means of evaluating and ensuring usability by bringing these capabilities to bear across numerous domains.