Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Privacy Respecting Identity Management

HSHQDC-17-C-00018 HSHQDC-16-R-00012-H-SB016.1-002-0029-II
(HSHQDC-16-R-00012 Phase II)
Decentralized Key Management using Blockchain

Evernym Inc.
13816 Carnoustie Ct.
Herriman, UT 84096-


The purpose of this SBIR Proposal is to conduct the research needed to enable blockchain technology to serve as serve as a decentralized foundation for privacy-respecting identity management. In this phase, Evernym will research and develop a decentralized key management system (DKMS) based on the DID (Decentralized Identifier) specification developed in Phase I. The DID specification has already been embraced by the leading developers of blockchain identity solutions and is currently being implemented for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Sovrin. The combination of DIDs for identity and DKMS for public key discovery and verification will enable a decentralized identity management (DIDM) infrastructure that will empower people and organizations to securely and confidentially manage and assert their identities. Open standards and established industry protocols will permit identity owners to selectively disclose identity claims and manage their privacy and digital relationships. Evernym's thesis is that the combination of DIDs, DKMS, and DIDM architecture, using public and/or private blockchains as "trust anchors", can meet traditional information security principles of confidentiality, integrity, availability, non-repudiation and provenance as well as privacy-by-design principles of user control, selective disclosure of information, and pseudonymity. This proposal presents the basic research challenges that need to be accomplished to adapt traditional PKI technologies to blockchains, simplifying both identity management and key management for individuals and institutions while at the same time enhancing both security and privacy. Our proposed effort and deliverables will enable the development and release of commercial products in Phase III for Homeland Security Enterprise applications and enterprise customers.

Development of a Wearable Fentanyl Analog Sensor

70RSAT19C00000016 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-001-0022-II
(FY18.1 Phase II)
Bilayer Nanofibers as Wearable Sensors for Detecting Fentanyl Compounds

615 Arapeen Drive
Suite 102
Salt Lake City, UT 84108-1239


Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old, with fentanyl claiming more lives than any other drug. Alarmingly, the problem is increasing, with fentanyl overdoses claiming nearly twice as many lives in 2016 compared to 2015. In addition to users, first responders are at risk for exposure to fentanyl as they perform their duties. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous because it is odorless and lethal in small quantities. A low-cost, wearable detector for fentanyl could reduce time from exposure to treatment, saving the lives of first responders and other vulnerable groups. Chemical sensors are ideal for a low-cost, wearable detector. However, fentanyl is typically found in particles and most chemical sensors are designed to detect gas molecules. Fentanyl is generally found as a salt and is nonvolatile. In Phase I, Vaporsens demonstrated a novel sensor that converts the salt at program-relevant levels to a detectable form of fentanyl. Importantly, the same sensors did not respond to common cutting agents, including lactose and mannitol. In Phase II, the sensors will be refined for improved performance. Wearable prototype systems will be developed that are small in size and consume little power. The prototypes will be tested in a laboratory setting for sensitivity to fentanyl and through field trials with first responders to determine the likelihood of false alarms in a real-world setting. The proposed sensors could play a vital role in protecting first responders from becoming victims of the opioid epidemic.

Marine Asset Tag Tracking System

NBCHC050046 0413006
(FY04.1 Phase II)
Prototype of a Long Range RF system for Tracking Status and Location of Shipping Containers

S5 Wireless, Inc.
11778 Lone Peak Parkway, Suite 140
Draper, UT 84020-6807


In the Phase I SBIR proposal, S5 Wireless tested the applicability of our low cost, low power, long range, wireless tracking and telemetry solution called DeepReach(TM) to the marine tracking problem of monitoring containers throughout the supply chain. The overall objective was to determine the system architecture necessary to maintain communication with virtually all containers both in port and on ships. S5 Wireless has spent 18 months researching the elements and markets surrounding container tracking for security and supply chain tracking. We invisions a system that will identify containers that have been screened as safe at the point of stuffing, verified as having not been tampered with at the port of debarkation, and confirmed that they have not been tampered with en-route to the United States. This Phase II proposal outlines S5 Wireless' intent to take the research performed under Phase I, as well as ongoing commercial work, to develop a prototype version of the system that will be productized and deployed in an industry that has 200 million container movements annually, a system with low economic impact on the container shipping industry and on the global supply chain, while achieving benefits in security and supply chain visibility and protection.

Enhanced Project Safe-Cracker

NBCHC080095 0712003
(FY07.1 Phase II)
AccessData DNA-Grid Phase II Proposal

AccessData Corporation
384 South 400 West
Suite 200
Lindon, UT 84042-1956


AccessData is proposing enhancements to its Distributed Network Attack (DNA) product to increase the functionality which will increase the number of workstations that can participate in the system; from approximately 1,000 to potentially 1,000,000 workstations. This will be accomplished by coupling its world class password attack technology with a proven open source desktop grid computing infrastructure (BOINC) that leverages the unused CPU cycles of existing end-user workstations deployed within an organization. The resulting product will be called DNA-Grid. DNA-Grid will be available as an upgrade to organizations already running DNA. A deployment of DNA-Grid which permits the submission of files via the Internet over an authenticated, secure (HTTPS), connection will allow small law enforcement agencies to gain access to the computing power of the system at a reasonable cost.