Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Advanced Low Cost Aerosol Collectors for Surveillance Sensors and Personal Monitoring

NBCHC040076 04110379
(FY04.1 Phase I)
An Enhanced: Lower Power, Higher Efficiency, Concentrator Design

Digital Flow Technologies, Inc.
2353 Sapphire Lane
East Lansing, MI 48823-


Two primary efforts define the DFTI (Digital Flow Technologies, Inc.) response to the HSARPA requirements to develop a lower cost, more efficient, high (1000 liters/min) volume flow rate concentrator that requires lower power than the extant concentrator designs. The first of these is to create an operational "pre-concentrator" that will deliver a jet flow of air-plus-particles with the particulates (aerosols) concentrated at the jet centerline. This flow, delivered to a conventional concentrator tube provides a higher efficiency of operation given this centerline concentration. This prototype will be developed and proof tested with aerosol samples. The second effort will extend the initial design elements of the DFTI Concentrator System (described herein) that provides a dramatic reduction in the required power at a lower system cost. These specific extensions of the initial design elements (as described in this proposal) will be preparatory to the construction of a system in Phase II.

Marine Asset Tag Tracking System

NBCHC040059 04110654
(FY04.1 Phase I)
Microwave Data Telemetry for Marine Container Security

IR Telemetrics, Inc.
P.O. Box 70
Houghton, MI 49931-1234


IR Telemetrics builds microwave telemetry systems for transmitting sensor data through narrow metallic passages within automobile engines. IRT devices can interface with sensors and transmit their data to a local receiver network through complex passages as small as four centimeters. Research will adapt IRT core technology to enable continuous communication with marine containers. The performance of IRT systems will be evaluated in a small marine container environment in a succession of experiments of increasing complexity. Based on test findings and iterative design improvements, investigators will identify the attributes of a local transmitter/receiver network, analyze the expected cost-of-installation for a commercial system, and identify a strategy for integrating the local system with global tracking infrastructure. IRT will form a strategic collaboration with Savi, Inc., to facilitate rapid commercialization of the proposed system. Savi has a decade of experience in helping to build and support the world`s largest wireless cargo security and tracking system, called the Total Asset Visibility (TAV) network. TAV includes a software platform linked with automatic identification technology infrastructure at over 750 locations in more than 40 countries and monitors in excess of 300,000 conveyances equipped with smart radio tags.