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Abstracts of FY06.2 Phase II Awards
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H-SB06.2-001

Company

Peerless Technologies Corporation
2300 National Road
Fairborn, OH 45324-2009

Proposal Information 0622003 - Chem Bio Sensor Wizard for Engineering Environmental Protection
Topic Information H-SB06.2-001 - SYSTEM FOR DESIGNING AND EVALUATING CHEMICAL OR BIOLOGICAL AGENT SENSOR NETWORKS
Award/Contract Number D08PC75273 (formerly NBCHC080085)
Abstract

In Phase I, the Peerless team developed an approach for an innovative wizard driven, turn-key, system that can be used by inexperienced operators to quickly design new sensor networks and evaluate existing sensor networks for the protection against and detection of CB agents within public structures. For Phase II, Peerless will conduct 3 development spirals to build the prototype system, validate the system`s performance against the performance metrics, conduct a pilot test in a relevant environment, assess uncertainties and identify remaining risk, and demonstrate that the system does not require an expert operator or system architect. The team's design involves identifying key components in key asset HVAC systems, such as air handlers, and targeting these areas for layout of the sensors within the sensor network. These identified key components of the HVAC systems will be encapsulated as system models within a standards-based knowledge base. Once the models are established within the standardized knowledge base, a set of software-based wizards will guide the system's users and provide a turn-the-crank system concept for quickly designing new CB sensor networks and for evaluating existing CB sensor networks.

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H-SB06.2-002

Company

Lynntech, Inc.
2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845-6023

Proposal Information 0622002 - Bio-Advise - A Rapid and Fully Automated Biothreat Evaluation Model
Topic Information H-SB06.2-002 - MOBILE PERIPHERAL DEVICE FOR BIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC080077
Abstract

In the event of a biological threat, first responders need tools that enable them to rapidly determine if a release is real or a hoax, which requires identifying multiple threat agents from a complex environmental sample. Current threat analysis is costly, time-consuming, and requires complex procedure(s) with considerable expertise to execute. Lynntech's solution is BioAdvise, a simple, self-contained, automated unit with all necessary reagents in sealed disposable cartridges to enable first responders to analyze unknown samples simply and quickly. The system automates sample preparation and an innovative, rapid, multiplexed real-time PCR technology through power and control of two USB connections to a laptop computer. In Phase I, we developed and demonstrated sample processing and identification procedures coupled with a breadboard system to detect an anthrax surrogate in pristine, contaminated, and competitive samples. In Phase II, we will expand upon the work performed during the Phase I to assemble and deliver a fully integrated prototype of the BioAdvise system optimized for performance, power, size, weight, and ruggedness in accordance with needs of the first responder community. Commercialization of the technology through the formation of a spin out SBU will be the vehicle to serve the multi-billion dollar microorganism identification market.

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H-SB06.2-003

Company

Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation
6800 Burleson Road
Building # 320
Austin, TX 78744-2306

Proposal Information 0622004 - Advanced Unattended Ground Sensor (AUGS)
Topic Information H-SB06.2-003 - ADVANCED UNATTENDED GROUND SENSOR (UGS) TECHNOLOGIES
Award/Contract Number NBCHC080084
Abstract

SPEC will develop and deliver a suite of extended duration (2 year+), covert, unattended sensors for near real-time monitoring of the passage of people and vehicles in critical, remote border areas. The Advanced Unattended Ground Sensor (AUGS) will form a robust network of sensors, using a variable information bridge, to relay actionable information to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). Advanced image processing techniques will discriminate targets of interest from naturally occurring objects and events, with fewer than three false alarms per day for sensors operating in support of an individual CBP station. AUGS will employ SPEC's advanced, miniature LADAR technology in a "tripwire" sensor (with a range of 1 kilometer in adverse weather conditions) and an imaging camera, and will include adaptable, networked communications, anti-tamper mechanisms, and environmentally-appropriate camouflage. The AUGS system will be supported by small, unattended RF communications relay units, a handheld emplacement support device and a laptop-compatible, GUI-based software application for warning and report. Warning and reporting thresholds will be flexible to accommodate different user preferences.

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H-SB06.2-005

Company

21st Century Systems, Incorporated
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141
Omaha, NE 68106-2857

Proposal Information 0622006 - Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND)
Topic Information H-SB06.2-005 - 3-D VISUALIZATION SYSTEM TO SHOW FIRST RESPONDERS AND ASSETS WITHIN BUILDING STRUCTURES IN URBAN AREAS FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC080071
Abstract

In an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) situation, the ability for the rescuers to maintain an accurate and comprehensive situational awareness is critical to allow them to maximize their effectiveness in a chaotic and dangerous environment. Timeliness is paramount to saving lives, and miscommunications lead to potentially unnecessary deaths. 21st Century Systems, Incorporated is pleased to propose continued research and development of its successful intelligent real-time display Hierarchical Grid Referenced Normalized Display (HiGRND) to provide first responders with an intuitive, real-time, and accurate visual representation of the situation and environment. In Phase I, we demonstrated HiGRND's capability of visualizing complex urban settings in real-time virtual reality. In Phase II, we propose to increase the number of ways that three dimensional and two dimensional structural information can be bridged into the HiGRND application. We will also improve on the algorithms used to approximate structural elements when there is no preexisting data. Additionally, we intend to integrate intelligent agent technologies for added decision support functionality. We will continue to leverage our existing 3D rendering engine (based on a commercial gaming engine) and publish/subscribe communication mechanisms to allow flexible deployment options, scaled appropriately for the capabilities of the available hardware in the field.

Company

Kutta Technologies, Inc
2075 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.
Suite 102
Phoenix, AZ 85027-1219

Proposal Information 0622009 - 3D Building Visualization Tool for Incident Commanders
Topic Information H-SB06.2-005 - 3-D VISUALIZATION SYSTEM TO SHOW FIRST RESPONDERS AND ASSETS WITHIN BUILDING STRUCTURES IN URBAN AREAS FOR SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Award/Contract Number NBCHC080076
Abstract

In this proposal, Kutta capitalizes on existing DOD investments and its own 2D and 3D visualization tools, and leverages the world-renowned computer graphics department at Arizona State University (ASU). This prior work experience and knowledge allows the team to build a resource and asset tracking tool for incident commanders with powerful 2D and 3D visualization capabilities. Kutta and its prestigious partners, including ASU and the entire Tempe, Arizona Fire Department, use a proven software engineering methodology to derive the set of functionality and built-in features for the visualization tool. Based upon the functionality assessment, Kutta leverages its experience in architecting and designing highly-reliable, component-based, software with very user friendly interfaces to build a prototype device. At the end of the Phase II effort, Kutta delivers a working prototype system that utilizes our intuitive user interface, 2D/3D visualization of building assets, and first responders using positioning from integrated sensor information.

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H-SB06.2-006

Company

Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc.
12122 Victoria Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90066-3118

Proposal Information 0624005 - ActionBuilder(TM): Automated Scenario/Script Builder for Simulation-Based Training Systems
Topic Information H-SB06.2-006 - AUTOMATED SCENARIO/SCRIPT BUILDER FOR SIMULATION-BASED TRAINING SYSTEMS
Award/Contract Number D08PC75423 (formerly NBCHC080070)
Abstract

To speed up simulation-based exercise development, it is important for scenarios to be authored and executed "on-the-fly" in an automated fashion with minimal reliance on software personnel. To this end, what is needed is an intelligent scenario/script building capability that enables training personnel to rapidly assemble and "test-drive" incident scenarios, and that can be smoothly integrated with simulation-based training systems and exercises (SBT/SBE). This capability is envisioned as an "executive agent," that would ultimately become a critical component of SBT/SBE systems. The automated scenario/script builder is envisioned as a graphical, standards-compliant software application that employs non-proprietary implementation with open interfaces for ease of integration and with facilities for workflow monitoring during simulated execution. In Phase I, we developed a prototype of this system to provide convincing technical evidence of graphical workflow design and execution. Phase II will produce a working prototype of the scenario/script building framework, a test and integration plan, and initial estimates of operation and maintenance. The scenario/script builder will be designed to be interoperable with third-party SBT/SBE systems for emergency preparedness and response training exercises. Potential military and commercial applications include incident management and response, emergency preparedness, and crisis action planning and execution.

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H-SB06.2-007

Company

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street
Watertown, MA 02472-4699

Proposal Information 0622007 - High Quantum Effiency, Fast Detectors for the Readout of Scintillators for Gamma-Ray Detection
Topic Information H-SB06.2-007 - HIGH QUANTUM EFFICIENCY FAST DETECTORS FOR THE READOUT OF SCINTILLATORS FOR GAMMA RAY DETECTION
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC08C00057
Abstract

Gamma-ray spectrometers consisting of inorganic scintillators coupled to optical detectors such as photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) are an important element of the systems that are used to monitor and prevent the spread of special nuclear materials. Two very important requirements for the scintillation detectors used as gamma-ray spectrometers in homeland security monitoring include high sensitivity and high energy resolution. New, bright scintillators such as cerium doped lanthanum bromide (LaBr-3:Ce) exhibit high energy resolution. The energy resolution of LaBr3:Ce with PMT readout is at present limited by photoelectron statistics. The quantum efficiency of even the best PMTs over the emission spectrum of LaBr3:Ce (340-450 nm region) is quite low (about 30-40%). The low PMT quantum efficiency is one of the main factors that limits the energy resolution of LaBr3:Ce scintillators at present. As a result, the goal of the proposed project is to design, build and evaluate advanced, silicon based photodetectors that have very high quantum efficiency for scintillator readout and are also fast and compact.

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