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Proposal Number: 0522011
Proposal Title: Structure Health-Assessing Wireless Sensors
Topic Number: H-SB05.2-005
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: METHODS TO DETERMINE STRUCTURAL STABILITY
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the Department of Homeland Security need for a real-time structural stability monitoring system, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop the Structure Health-Assessing Wireless Sensors (SHAWS) that warn emergency responders of serious structural instability or pending collapse. The SHAWS is based on multimodal wireless remote sensor nodes (RSNs), instability detection software and handheld receivers. The SHAWS combines multiple sensor modalities in a single package. In Phase I POC successfully demonstrated SHAWS feasibility by testing accurate multimodal, wireless RSN sensing and a data link to a handheld receiver. In a scaled demonstration, POC showed SHAWS instability warning capability in a mechanical testbed with software friendly to nontechnical users. In Phase II POC will advance the multimodal RSN, intelligent data analysis for early detection, and versatile handheld receivers, with practical remote RSN deployment. A prototype SHAWS system will be tested and its performance evaluated in a realistic environment with a local fire department. POC's SHAWS technology, developed for Homeland Security emergency crews, can also be useful for antiterror operations, protection of valuable equipment controlling access to buildings, home health monitoring, wireless machinery sensing, remote data logging for manufacturing, animal tagging, and waste management.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC070065
Period of Performance: 03/15/2007 - 06/25/2009
Award/Contract Value: $749,988.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $749,988.00