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Abstracts of FY05.2 Phase II Awards
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H-SB05.2-001

Company

Seahawk Biosystems Corporation
3000 Bryker Drive
Austin, TX 78703-1834

Proposal Information 0522004 - Handheld Biosensor with Multiplexed Immunoassays, Genomic DNA Testing and Orthogonal Detection Protocols for First Responder Applications
Topic Information H-SB05.2-001 - HANDHELD BIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number D07PC75283 (formerly NBCHC070091)
Abstract

Since 9/11, a distinct probability exists that terrorist will attempt another attack with chemical or biowarfare agents. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security requires a network of sensor technologies to defend against this threat. As part of the solution for DHS, Seahawk Biosystems is developing the handheld Talon Biosensor for rapid, low-cost multiplexed detection of proteins and nucleic acids. The Talon Biosensor performs quantitative, immunodiagnostic and DNA tests. Advantages of the Talon Biosensor include non-optical, direct on-chip detection; easy to use, compact hardware; minimal sample preparation; < 10 minute assay time; high sensitivity with low false positive rates; and low cost. It is a valuable asset for DHS as well as the veterinary, environmental and human clinical markets. During Phase I, Seahawk demonstrated feasibility of packaging the Talon Biosensor in a portable handheld form factor and discriminating between ricin and SEB in multiplexed assays. System sensitivity is at 10pM for immunoassays and 10fM for DNA assays with 95% detection confidence, false positive rates are 10-16 for 10 nM samples. Phase II focuses on 1) assay performance benchmarks for both immunoassays and DNA tests, 2) extracting genomic DNA, 3) multiplexed and orthogonal assay protocols and demonstrations, and 4) reader/cartridge prototype development.

Company

TIRF Technologies
951 Aviation Parkway, Suite 700
Morrisville, NC 27560-9225

Proposal Information 0522007 - Handheld Multianalyte Biosensor Platform
Topic Information H-SB05.2-001 - HANDHELD BIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070099
Abstract

The overall goal of this project is to develop a handheld biosensor for rapid and sensitive detection of multiple biological analytes. The project primarily addresses the needs of first responders for detection of bioterrorism agents directly at the site of suspected attack. TIRF Technologies proposes to develop such handheld biosensor based on total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) combined with electrochemistry (TIRF-EC). The envisioned TIRF-EC sensor is capable of detecting multiple bioanalytes in a matter of several seconds or a few minutes. The detection limit is at the level of single molecules. Inexpensive sensor cartridge carries array of receptor molecules and contains all reagents for detection. The sensor cartridge is also equipped with a module, which performs sample preparation. To carry out the analysis, the operator inserts the cartridge, applies unpurified sample to the entrance port, and in several minutes reads the results of analysis at the handheld device. If manufactured massively, the envisioned biosensor will cost $200-400, and disposable sensor cartridges - $5-10. In Phase I, the feasibility of highly multiplexed handheld TIRF-EC biosensor was successfully demonstrated. A 4-pixel prototype of TIRF-EC sensor was built and tested. Since the electronics of 4-pixel prototype is capable of supporting up to 100 photodetectors, only several quantitative steps separate the project from building a highly multiplexed handheld biosensor. This Phase II application seeks support to develop a 64-analyte handheld biosensor based on TIRF-EC. Phase I also demonstrated the feasibility of rapid sample preparation integrated into miniature TIRF-EC sensor cartridge. In Phase II, 64-pixel TIRF-EC sensor and respective sensor cartridges will be developed, prototyped and validated in conjunction with reagentless fluorescence assays for detection DNA/RNA and protein signatures of bioterrorism agents. The envisioned handheld TIRF-EC biosensor will enable first responders with a powerful tool capable to rapidly detect multiple bioterrorism agents with minimum false positive and false negative responses. This will allow for designing efficient counter measures and avoiding unnecessary interruptions of normal life. TIRF-EC biosensor represents a flexible platform technology; it can be reconfigured for other applications. Prospective market for the envisioned handheld biosensor encompasses biomedical, forensic, food analysis, agricultural, and environmental applications.

Company

Investigen, Inc.
750 Alfred Nobel Drive
Suite 109
Hercules, CA 94547-1836

Proposal Information 0522016 - Fast, Easy, Reliable First Responder Bioterrorism Detection System
Topic Information H-SB05.2-001 - HANDHELD BIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number D08PC75304 (formerly NBCHC080067)
Abstract

The proposed research is to develop the prototype of a hand-held first responder bioterrorism agent (BA) detection system that is threat level responsive, simple, stable and rapid for analyzing suspicious powders or aerosols for the presence of nucleic acid (NA) from BAs. Investigen's "smartDNA" system uses peptide nucleic acid probe-dye cocktails to promote a rapid color change when hybridized to target NA. The simplicity of smartDNA is its key attribute and contributes to the system's low unit and operating costs, projected reliability, low maintenance, low power usage, and ruggedness. Investigen will: (1) develop sensitive and specific smartDNA reagents with signatures for Francisella tularensis, Bacillus anthracis and Yersinia pestis, (2) develop system hardware and software, (3) develop consumables concepts and (4) validate system performance compared to current detection methods. Our intention is to create a commercial diagnostic system to detect BAs that is so simple and stable that one could be in every locality. The wide spread placement of this system in peripheral locations, away from central labs, could help in response to and may even deter bioterrorism attacks. In addition, the simple smartDNA system can be used for point-of-care diagnostics for environmental, agricultural, veterinary and medical applications.

Company

Arcxis Biotechnologies
18858 Carlton Ave
Castro Valley, CA 94546-2908

Proposal Information 0523004 - BioPhalanx, a hand portable discrete monolithic microarray biothreat detector
Topic Information H-SB05.2-001 - HANDHELD BIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070088
Abstract

The following proposal describes the planned effort of Arcxis Biotechnologies in the development of a rapid portable biosensor, we call BioPhalanxTM. During the Phase I SBIR project, we developed an alpha prototype for rapid point-of-care/point-of-incident instrument for the discrimination of biological agents. Our main overarching technical goal is to eliminate the need for PCR based detection, while retaining the necessary sensitivity, selectivity, rapid response, and robustness required in rugged field environments. Having completed the Phase I effort, we confidently believe based on the data generated that we have demonstrated the feasibility, in terms of sensitivity, selectivity, rapid response of the assay approach. Further the externally deployed prototype system demonstrated instantaneous detection of threat genes for B. Anthracis. The primary goals of this proposed effort are to 1) increase the sensitivity of the device, 2) produce the pre-production prototype that will be deployed to between at least five customers for the detection of no less than 20 CDC category A, B, C viruses and bacteria, and 3) develop a manufacturable system that will allow cost-effective production and sales of the BioPhalanx.

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H-SB05.2-002

Company

Engineering Science Analysis Corporation
6105 S. Ash Ave.
Suite A3
Tempe, AZ 85283-5626

Proposal Information 0522002 - Non Lethal Vehicle Stopping Technology
Topic Information H-SB05.2-002 - UNCOOPERATIVE VEHICLE STOPPING USING NON-LETHAL METHODS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070055
Abstract

Engineering Science Analysis Corporation (ESA) has developed a new stopping technology that is compact, scalable, and easily deployable. None of the current mechanical vehicle stopping technologies meet the requirements for small, portable highly effective vehicle-stopping devices. Mechanical stopping technologies must consider the kinetic energy of the vehicle being stopped. This means a large large truck can potentially exhibit more than 10 times the energy of a small passenger car and a stopping device must work over this broad range of kinetic energies. Our research has indicated that current vehicle stopping technologies place the user in danger during deployment. ESA has developed a device that is a significant improvement over current technologies in that it is not as sensitive to the kinetic energy of the entire moving vehicle and is deployable from a safe distance. Our innovation is a portable, lightweight, inexpensive device that can be readily deployed and remotely activated by ground-based personnel or from helicopters. Our innovation does rely on stopping the vehicle by completely ensnaring it or flattening the tires rather, our device stops the vehicle by ensnaring the smaller, lower kinetic energy, rotating components in the undercarriage and rendering them immobile thus immobilizing the entire vehicle.

Company

Cybernet Systems Corporation
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1639

Proposal Information 0522006 - Microwave Vehicle Stopping
Topic Information H-SB05.2-002 - UNCOOPERATIVE VEHICLE STOPPING USING NON-LETHAL METHODS
Award/Contract Number D07PC75296 (formerly NBCHC070094)
Abstract

Cybernet Systems is developing a novel, non-lethal method for disabling an uncooperative vehicle called the MVS, or Microwave Vehicle Stopper. Our system transmits modulated microwave energy to the target vehicle that is tailored to disrupt the computation functions of the vehicle engine controller, safely slowing and stopping the vehicle. Inducing a car to stall without permanent damage is generally termed "vehicle upset". Our goal is to defuse a potentially dangerous car-chase by disabling power to the vehicle while leaving braking and steering unaffected. This system will provide law enforcement with a non-lethal tool for stopping vehicles in the safest possible manner.Our proposed Phase II effort is an extension of the successful Phase I project. We clearly showed feasibility of using microwaves to upset vehicles in Phase I, and in Phase II we will refine the modulation schemes, validate the modulation patterns on multiple test vehicles, and will develop hardware prototypes. Functional Phase II systems will allow us to demonstrate the technology to user groups (law enforcement), police offices and government personnel. Ongoing interaction between Cybernet and users of the MVS (such as local police) is a particularly important strategy for developing a commercially viable product.

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H-SB05.2-003

Company

LewTech Company, Inc.
7112 Nighthawk Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835-9395

Proposal Information 0522015 - DISTRIBUTED BUOY VESSEL DETECTION SYSTEM
Topic Information H-SB05.2-003 - DISTRIBUTED BUOY VESSEL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070051
Abstract

Non-cooperative vessel tracking to assess potential threats is becoming increasingly important to the defense of the U.S. coastline and ports of entry; so there is a need to identify and intercept potential threats well before they reach our shores. To support this critical surveillance activity a Phase I Program established a relatively low cost, long life, moored buoy based vessel detection / signal processing system concept, that could be readily deployed by Coast Guard or Navy vessels in forward areas as a barrier and have an acoustic detection range of 20NM. The system would provide a communication link to a shore station for sorting and tracking the detected vessels of interest. The Phase II program will fabricate and deploy such a deep ocean, moored acoustic array prototype system to demonstrate operational performance. Contact and track reports will be relayed back to a shore station. LewTech Company plans to commercialize the resulting technology from this program by fully supporting the Coast Guard / Navy Maritime Domain Awareness mission requirements. This technology will also be readily expanded or used directly in supporting various tactical operations and surveillance systems for such organizations as the Navy, DEA, BATFE, NOAA and the Special Forces.

Company

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, Inc.
425 Oser Avenue
Hauppauge, NY 11788-3640

Proposal Information 0523002 - Cost Effective Distributed Buoy Vessel Detection System
Topic Information H-SB05.2-003 - DISTRIBUTED BUOY VESSEL DETECTION SYSTEM
Award/Contract Number D07PC75288 (formerly NBCHC070095)
Abstract

A layered approach to Maritime Domain Awareness begins with surveillance of vessel traffic as far offshore as possible to allow the advantage of time and space to identify and intercept threats before they can get close enough to affect the Homeland. The team of Advanced Acoustic Concepts (AAC) and Sparton Electronics has provided a solution to this deep-water surveillance problem with a low-cost distributed buoy vessel detection and tracking system based on the Navy's low-cost passive sonobuoy sensor, manufactured by Sparton Electronics, and sonobuoy processing software developed for the Navy by AAC. The Phase I study has indicated that the design will provide a system that can be deployed in water up to 4 km deep and detect all non-cooperative vessels approaching US shores while operating autonomously for at least a year. Among the many commercial applications of the distributed buoy detection system are as a "persistent sonobuoy" system for extended surveillance of both friendly and unfriendly waters off foreign shores, as a perimeter protection system for offshore assets and high-risk Navy platforms, and a surveillance system for commercial cruise line shipping lanes.

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H-SB05.2-004

Company

Kennen Technologies, LLC
209 Dartmouth Drive SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102-2219

Proposal Information 0522001 - Hardware Assisted Security Platform
Topic Information H-SB05.2-004 - HARDWARE-ASSISTED SYSTEM SECURITY MONITOR
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070016
Abstract

Hardware Assisted Security Platform - HASP Brief Technical Abstract of Project The HASP (Hardware Assisted Security Platform) is a multi-purpose high-performance low-cost security engine that can enable significant improvement and innovation in a large variety of current and future security applications. HASP value comes principally from five features: - It can control host access to the network connection -- meaning it can selectively prevent the host from receiving and sending information through the network -- enabling a higher level of security assurance. - It can be impervious to data stream content -- meaning it cannot be compromised by data-stream born attacks, such as buffer overflow -- enabling a higher level of security assurance. - It can accomplish arbitrarily complex signature detection with no effect on pattern detection time -- which means added detection complexity can be employed to reduce false positives and false negatives, to detect increasingly sophisticated attack signatures, to verify the integrity of entire blocks of host code, and to enable new protective and preventive measures -- enabling a higher level of security assurance. - It has a fully scalable and general-purpose pattern detection architecture that can keep pace with increasing stream-speed and pattern-capacity needs -- meaning it can provide a compatible forward migration over time -- reducing the cost of application upgrade and migration and provide more affordable security. - It can be implemented as a stand-alone ASIC/SoC (e.g., on a desktop/server NIC board) or integrated inside the host`s network-interface SoC (e.g., in a laptop/mobile LOM device) -- which means very low cost (under $20 retail possible) , with no trade off in speed or detection-pattern capacity -- providing compelling high-performance security and become ubiquitous in both stationary and mobile computing resources. Certain realities of the current situation shape both the commercialization-enabling activity during Phase 2 and the post-Phase 2 commercialization strategy: - HASP provides a new pattern-detection processor architecture that requires rethinking and reformulation of traditional pattern-detection approaches, and enables new detection approaches impractical with existing processors. Therefore application prototyping that learns how to employ these new capabilities should be instigated and enabled by this Phase 2 project as early as possible. - HASP provides a general-purpose security platform that can facilitate a wide range of end-point security applications such as IDS, IPS, firewall, anti-malware, information leakage prevention, root-kit detection, web-access attacks , and SCADA-controlled equipment protection. Therefore a variety of security application prototyping activities should be instigated and enabled as early as possible. - Lead times for ASIC/SoC devices are in the neighborhood of 18 months. The Phase 2 project will create a development platform for applications that will want to take advantage of ASIC/SoC costs as FPGA costs are generally too high for an affordable end-point HASP Therefore, ASIC/SoC development and commercialization channels must be engaged as early as possible during Phase 2. - Snort is a highly utilized open-source IDS system that benefits from a broad-based collaborative open community actively identifying new-intrusions, and then crafting and disseminating Snort-compatible detection-signatures. HASP can host an improved performance Snort processor for existing signatures, while opening the door to a new class of signatures that takes advantage of the USee complex-pattern capabilities. Therefore work during Phase 2 that guides and engages the Snort community in HASP application and signature development should be instigated and enabled as early as possible. - The DETER laboratory is an effort "to create, maintain, and support a collaborative and vendor-neutral experimental environment for cyber-security research. It is intended to provide a center for interchange and collaboration among security researchers and testbed builders." The nature of the new capabilities offered by HASP should appeal to DETER`s research community and result in innovative applications. Therefore, enabling access to HASP prototypes through the DETER lab should accomplished as early as possible during Phase 2. Proof is in the pudding -- so application must be prototyped during this Phase 2 project that show superior capability. - Get multiple security application suppliers developing prototype applications as early in the project as possible -- on an FPGA-based prototype-development board. - Get a broad variety of multiple application started in prototype, such as IDS/IPS, firewall, extrusion prevention, possession detection, Internet access/content control, etc. Work with established security majors: eg, Cisco, McAfee, and Symantec. They have update and support services in place, market presence, and leading edge performance problems to solve. Microsoft is a new entry in the security application space and a prime candidate to pursue as well -- because of their dominance in related markets and their need to find an entry edge. Seek and engage established NIC/LOM suppliers (eg, Broadcom, Intel). The goal is to have NIC/LOM suppliers include an ASIC/SoC HASP as part of their offering. The strategy relies on their interests in finding new non-commodity-product values, and leverages the natural fit with HASP and the trends toward integrated security functions. The network connection device/card is both the most natural location as well as the most affordable location for HASP capability to reside. This eliminates duplication of network interfacing and traffic normalization, and offers the potential for co-location inside the same SoC chip. NIC/LOM suppliers are already moving into the security application space, and should find the HASP concept both a natural extension of current business strategy and an opportunity to rise above commodity-product status. Also seek and engage ASIC/SOC and multi-core processor suppliers: eg, Intel, AMD, IBM. Though multi-core generally means duplicate general purpose processors, these suppliers also employ "IP core" with special functionality in their multi-core processor chips. The ultimate objective is a multi-purpose security processor integrated with the network interface and populated by applications from a variety of security application vendors. This project lays the foundation for that eventuality by building a functional prototype, engaging application developers, and engaging ASIC/SoC commercialization channels. The project focuses on four goals: 1. Prototyping a HASP implementation on an OTS (off the shelf) FPGA board that paves the way for a production ASIC/SoC implementation. 2. Prototyping a functional application development capability for security applications. 3. Engaging five security application developers in using beta versions of 1 and 2. 4. Engaging ASIC/SoC developers in HASP-device commercialization preparation. 5. Engaging NIC/LOM suppliers in HASP-device commercialization preparation.

Company

Cybernet Systems Corporation
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-1639

Proposal Information 0522003 - Hardware-based Computer Security System
Topic Information H-SB05.2-004 - HARDWARE-ASSISTED SYSTEM SECURITY MONITOR
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070050
Abstract

Rootkits are programs that hide pieces of software from the operating system. Rootkits replace or modify intrusion and system status applications, falsely reporting a clean system, when in fact the system has been compromised. A recent McAfee article stated rootkit infections for Windows-based PCs were up 700% for first quarter 2006, and this trend is expected to continue. A compromised system cannot audit itself; our solution relies on a PCI-Express add-on card running Linux that can monitor file accesses, prevent designated sectors modification, and can scan physical memory. This card provides a physically isolated process that monitors the host system, making it impossible for a rootkit to hide completely on the host. The card also logs forensic information and monitors network traffic to scan for malicious behavior. Software developed for our Phase I feasibility study demonstrated that our key components, file hashing and memory scanning, are capable of detecting current and expected rootkit technologies.Another component allows enterprise administration and information gathering across large organizations, and aggregates periodic information snapshots for security auditing and forensics. Requiring physical USB port access for configuration is an option.A bootable CD-ROM rootkit detection and repair tool for Windows would be a valuable spin-off.

Company

Komoku, Inc.
9601 Baltimore Ave, Suite A-1
College Park, MD 20740-1350

Proposal Information 0522005 - AutoPilot: A high assurance virtualized security monitor
Topic Information H-SB05.2-004 - HARDWARE-ASSISTED SYSTEM SECURITY MONITOR
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070044
Abstract

The effectiveness of any critical infrastructure relies on its resilience to malicious modification and service disruption, as well as its ability to reconstitute itself after and during attacks. The successful completion of the work proposed here will provide a high assurance attack detection and reconstitution capability that is based on hardware, but without the deployment and cost of a custom add-in board. The end result will be a significantly better protected infrastructure.

Company

AFCO Systems Development Inc
150 Broadhollow Road
Room 207
Melville, NY 11747-4901

Proposal Information 0522008 - HARDWARE-ASSISTED SYSTEM SECURITY MONITOR
Topic Information H-SB05.2-004 - HARDWARE-ASSISTED SYSTEM SECURITY MONITOR
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070061
Abstract

The primary objective of this project is to design and develop a rootkit detection system that also has the capability to protect itself. AFCO Systems Development (ASD) proposes to advance the state of system security monitoring technology and meet its objective by developing a PCI card that combines co-processor based firmware, reconfigurable computing and host-based software to provide a comprehensive and extensible platform against such attacks. The proposed solution will be upgradeable in the field by replacement and/or reconfiguration of its firmware, software or hardware (VHDL). An immediate benefit of this research will be the availability of tool for the detection of rootkits that have been maliciously introduced onto Windows platforms. This is accomplished, not by searching for the particular 'signatures' known to be carried by this type of malware, but rather by the examination of operating system internal data structures for any corruption or inconsistency. This more flexible approach will allow the identification of a much wider class of rootkits than previously attainable. An additional benefit of our research efforts is that the (platform independent) algorithms we develop can be ported over to other environments, including new bus (e.g. PCI express) and processor (e.g. VMX) architectures.

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H-SB05.2-005

Company

Summit Safety, Inc
94 Jackson Road
#303
Devens, MA 01434-4014

Proposal Information 0522010 - Real-Time System for Stand-Off Measurement of Structural Stability
Topic Information H-SB05.2-005 - METHODS TO DETERMINE STRUCTURAL STABILITY
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070089
Abstract

This project will utilize a non-contact ultrasonic sensing system previously developed by Summit Safety, and convert it from an engineering tool to a user-friendly system capable of providing real-time measurement of structural stability and advanced warning of pending collapse. The sensor provides high resolution measurements of position, velocity, and acceleration from standoff distances upt to 50 feet. The system incorporates multiple sensors connected by a wireless link to a central display unit. Unlike laser-based systems, the ultrasonic system is capable of operating in dense smoke. Phase 2 will complete the development and testing of the system.

Company

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

Proposal Information 0522011 - Structure Health-Assessing Wireless Sensors
Topic Information H-SB05.2-005 - METHODS TO DETERMINE STRUCTURAL STABILITY
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070065
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.

Company

Acellent Technologies, Inc.
155 C-3 Moffett Park Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1331

Proposal Information 0522013 - Smart Joint System for In-situ Monitoring of Buildings
Topic Information H-SB05.2-005 - METHODS TO DETERMINE STRUCTURAL STABILITY
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070100
Abstract

Acellent proposes to develop a smart joint structural health monitoring (SHM) sensor network that can autonomously assess in real time the structural stability of buildings. The sensor network will use piezoelectric transducers and temperature sensors to characterize damage in, and monitor the rigidity of components of the building primary structure. Acellent's existing sensor network technology will be used as the basis for the proposed development. Phase I focused on preliminary prototyping and technology demonstrations while Phase II will focus on complete system development. Innovations in Phase II will include development of a SmartDAQ sensor package that includes the piezoelectric transducers, temperature sensors, hardware, energy harvested power, battery, wireless data transmission and intelligent software. This will be used to provide a real time assessment of the building structural integrity. The data will be available for display to provide and early warning to first response and emergency personnel to ensure their safety prior to entering the building. An additional development will be to use the sensors to recognize sound and/or voice transmitted through the structure to allow search and rescue personnel to pin-point the location of survivors and determine what they are trying to say through an easy conversion to text messaging.

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H-SB05.2-006

Company

Space Micro Inc.
10401 Roselle Street
Ste 400
San Diego, CA 92121-2256

Proposal Information 0522009 - RADSITE: A Compact Directional Gamma Finder
Topic Information H-SB05.2-006 - PORTABLE/TRANSPORTABLE DIRECTIONAL GAMMA RAY AND/OR DIRECTIONAL NEUTRON DETECTORS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070028
Abstract

Commercially fielded Radiation Detectors do a fine job of measuring and identifying Gamma Radiation Sources, but are not able to provide an additional extremely useful capability to augment the radiological assessment missions of Law Enforcement, First Responder and Military Personnel; namely to enable quick standoff ability to find the radiation source or sources. Directional Gamma Finding is complicated by the fact that the environment includes considerable Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and legitimate Sources that along with scatter from the target source interfere with the azimuth determination. Space Micro Inc (SMI) has developed a Radiation Source Identification and Targeting (RADSITE(TM)) innovation that not only remotely detects and identifies Gamma Sources; but by use of a unique processing technique provides the operator with simultaneous threat Azimuth Directions. Significantly, this technology, protected by a provisional patent application, can be deployed in a rugged, portable package to nearly all mission locations. Phase I Bench Testing by SMI provided physical confirmation that our innovative array of Lanthanum Bromide (LaBr3) sensors could resolves source angular direction to better than +/- 5o. This Phase II proposal is for provision of Field Prototypes suitable for field evaluation to provide the foundation for product commercialization.

Company

Aguila Technologies, Inc.
310 Via Vera Cruz, Suite 107
San Marcos, CA 92078-2631

Proposal Information 0523001 - A Directional Gamma Auto Spectrometer
Topic Information H-SB05.2-006 - PORTABLE/TRANSPORTABLE DIRECTIONAL GAMMA RAY AND/OR DIRECTIONAL NEUTRON DETECTORS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC070029
Abstract

THIS IS A FAST TRACK PROPOSAL WITH SIGNIFICANT MATCHING FUNDS COMMITMENTS. The Government is deploying a growing number of radiation detectors at U.S. borders, ports of entry and other key locations, intended to assist in the detection of a potential terrorist`s nuclear explosive device or radiological dispersal device. The most widely deployed radiation detector products today are radiation "pagers". Such products are unable to differentiate between natural radiation, legitimate and clandestine radioactive materials, resulting in a disturb-ingly high incidence of false positives. There is a need for a device that can provide radionuclide identification and spatial differentiation in portable unit. This proposal will develop a portable radiation sensor technology with these features. The proposed sensor will allow trained personnel in the field to locate and identify potentially threatening radionuclides. It will differentiate radio-active sources as potentially dangerous or likely benign and provide radioemitter source direction, distance and size information. It is based on pixel array CdZnTe detectors, new multichannel detector readout ASICS, directionally-sensitive elements, state-of-the art high density packaging and novel software and high spectral resolution features to allow spectral identification of myriad combinations of gamma radiation sources. The Phase 2 proposal builds upon the demonstration system of Phase 1.

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