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Abstracts of HSHQDC-15-R-00017 Phase I Awards
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H-SB015.1-001

Company

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

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-001-0004-I - Multi-Dimensional Digital Print Collection for DNA Collection from Same Sample
Topic Information H-SB015.1-001 - DNA and Latent Fingerprint Collection from Same Sample
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00030
Abstract

In recent years, research has shown that is possible to obtain DNA evidence from latent fingerprints; however forensic investigators need optimized techniques to ensure that both pieces of evidence are effectively preserved. Many fingerprint visualization and transfer techniques utilize enhancement additives or ultraviolet light which can compromise DNA profiling kits resulting in partial or no profile being obtained, particularly in low copy number and/or environmentally compromised samples. Lynntech proposes to develop a portable, easy-to-use, non-contact two-dimensional and three-dimensional digital preservation system for latent prints that is fully compatible with existing DNA recovery and profiling assays and current and future fingerprint databases. During the Phase I research effort, Lynntech will demonstrate the technical feasibility of the proposed print analysis system for a selected set of substrates. Further, Lynntech will demonstrate DNA recovery and profiling from print samples utilizing Lynntech's analysis system. It is anticipated that our system will yield superior evidence preservation capabilities improving investigators likely-hood of human identification, pursuit, and prosecution.

Company

TIAX LLC
35 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3102

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-001-0005-I - Non-Contact Device for Latent Fingerprint Capture
Topic Information H-SB015.1-001 - DNA and Latent Fingerprint Collection from Same Sample
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00011
Abstract

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to develop a method for latent print work and DNA analysis from the same sample while optimizing DNA extraction protocol for fingerprints deposited on evidentiary materials used for human identification. Current DNA extraction protocols are highly successful at capturing DNA from prints. However, print lifting methods depend on physical alteration of the print with chemical compounds or powders that may affect DNA profiling. Our approach will be to develop a non-contact method of lifting the print that meets DHS operational requirements, and does not reduce the ability to obtain a profile from DNA extracted from the same print.

Company

Independent Forensics
500 Waters Edge
Suite 210
Lombard, IL 60148-7000

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-001-0008-I - DNA Profiles from Single FIngerprints
Topic Information H-SB015.1-001 - DNA and Latent Fingerprint Collection from Same Sample
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00010
Abstract

The goal of this project is to develop a validated, commercial quality reagent kit for the reliable collection of fingerprints (i.e., latent ridge impressions) that would subsequently be used for both comparison and DNA profiling. The kit would provide all required materials, reagents, solutions and would include a detailed protocol describing the steps to (i) identify latent ridge impressions (already a well-developed technique) using specific DNA-free powders, (ii) collect the revealed ridge impressions on tape lifts or hinge cards (again, using DNA-free versions of these tape-related items), (iii) recover the left-over DNA on the original item of evidence (i.e., the DNA that is not lifted by the sticky tapes) and (iv) once an image of the ridge impressions is recorded, extract, and purify the DNA from the sticky side of the tape lift or hinge card. The recovered, purified DNA would be used with any commercial DNA-STR kit. As the amount of DNA present on fingerprints or handled objects is extremely small, the kit will include reagents required for post-PCR purification and concentration- this technique increases the efficiency of capillary electrophoresis by ~20 fold. Our laboratory has significant R&D experience on the molecular biological methods for the collection, extraction and purification of DNA from limiting biological samples, including individual fingerprints developed with powders and in the following SBIR submission will detail the experimental approaches for optimizing this technique for the recovery of DNA from tape lifts and hinge cards, the current standards for collecting latent ridge impressions for comparison purposes.

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H-SB015.1-002

Company

PolymerPlus LLC
7700 Hub Pkwy
Valley View, OH 44125-5744

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0002-I - Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal Materials Using Multilayered Shape Memory Polymers
Topic Information H-SB015.1-002 - Low-cost, Disposable, Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00014
Abstract

PolymerPlus proposes a SBIR program to develop and commercialize multilayered polymer films with shape memory properties, as a tamper-proof low-cost bolt seal and plastic seal anti-tamper device. The technological foundation for this innovation includes using two or more commercial polymers to produce multilayered films with thermal, humidity, or optical shape memory properties capable of undergoing a stimuli induced shape change (such as embossed shapes, structures or messages) over large areas. The conventional bolt seal materials offer very limited tamper-proof capability allowing illicit entry into cargo containers leading to contraband and counterfeit products. The existing bolt seals are fairly easy to counterfeit due to presence of obvious markers/information on the seals. Development of SMPs at PolymerPlus will demonstrate embedding invisible, custom printable messages on the bolt seals or plastic seals. The encoded information will only be revealed under specific external stimulus conditions with exposure to temperature, light or moisture. Revealed information can easily be scanned by electronic scanner or a smartphone.

Company

Sealock Security Systems, Inc.
11350 NW 36th Terrace
Doral, FL 33178-1887

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0006-I - Proposal for Innovative Next Generation Cargo Seal
Topic Information H-SB015.1-002 - Low-cost, Disposable, Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00015
Abstract

Cargo containers are an attractive target for criminals and other enemies of the state. Yet the most widely adopted method of securing cargo containers--the bolt seal--provides at best limited protection from tampering and illicit entry. Such seals can be defeated quickly and the evidence hidden easily, in a variety of ways. These seals also rely on slow visual inspection to confirm their presence, costing the U.S. valuable man-hours and slowing the flow of commerce while creating opportunities for human error and corruption. Sealock Security Systems, Inc. is prepared to develop an improved sealing device (the "NextGen Seal"), a low-cost, disposable, tamper-proof seal incorporating both sealing and locking functions with wireless communication equipment. The NextGen Seal would also feature the use of cutting-edge non-duplicable materials to reduce opportunities for tampering. Additionally, a revolutionary new locking mechanism would be designed to further limit tampering opportunities. The NextGen Seal as conceived presents significant improvements over the common bolt seal currently in widespread use. It also presents a leap ahead of the state-of-the-art technologies available on the market today. The overwhelming majority of containers continue to use only a simple bolt seal to secure their contents. If the NextGen Seal can be developed at an affordable price point, the additional security features it should offer would present a compelling value proposition for importers and exporters. Market share would be captured from the traditional bolt seal if importers and exporters choose to upgrade to the NextGen Seal.

Company

Evigia Systems, Inc.
3810 Varsity Drive
ANN ARBOR, MI 48108-2224

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0008-I - Tamper-proof Electronic Bolt-Seal
Topic Information H-SB015.1-002 - Low-cost, Disposable, Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00012
Abstract

The proposed SBIR Phase I effort initiates the development of a low-cost tamper-proof electronic bolt seal that is easy to install, and provides electronic recording and reporting without increasing the inspection time at the customs and security checkpoints. The proposed e-seal addresses the present gap in seal protecting ALL the air and maritime containers and conveyances to extend protection beyond high-value items to protecting against trafficking of contraband, weapons, and illegal aliens by inserting them in the ordinary and common goods containers. The proposed bolt-seal development and its mass volume productization are enabled by a multi-faceted innovative approach for mechanical, electronics, and system designs in conjunction with manufacturing techniques.

Company

Hi-G-Tek, Inc.
1 Research Court
Suite 450
Rockville, MD 20850-9999

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-002-0009-I - Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal
Topic Information H-SB015.1-002 - Low-cost, Disposable, Tamper-Proof Bolt Seal
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00013
Abstract

Purpose of Work The proposed work will provide the government with a clear roadmap for the large-scale production of a small, low-cost, ISO-17712 compliant Disposable Electronic Bolt Seal (DEBS) which can electronically monitor and secure containers throughout the entire supply chain. The DEBS seal will detect and report open, close and tamper events to approved monitoring systems. DEBS unique electronic ID and security measures will prevent cutting, duplication, replacement and other attacks commonly used to defeat mechanical bolt seals. The DEBS seal will operate like a disposable bolt seal and its use will not require changes to the workflow of Government Officers or other workers that will use it. The low-price point (less than 15USD) and maintenance-free design will allow the DEBS seal to be deployed across all containers and not just high value cargo. The DEBS seal will streamline seal-use-protocols allowing the government to better utilize Officers and other resources. The proposed work includes the complete design of the DEBS assembly. Findings or Results The proposed work will identify the costs, feasibility and risks associated with producing the DEBS seal including the WACT custom integrated circuit designed by Hi-G-Tek. Full production files for the DEBS mechanical assembly are included. Potential Commercial Applications The global market for the DEBS seal is more than 100 million seals per year. All containers currently using ISO-17712 mechanical bolts seals are potential users. The government, APM/Maersk and other global shippers are potential customers. The low price point and ease of use will drive adoption.

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H-SB015.1-003

Company

Vesaria LLC d/b/a Grier Forensics
708 Lakeview Drive
Lakewood, NJ 08701-3018

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-003-0003-I - Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense through Single Packet Abuse Interdiction Network (SPAIN)
Topic Information H-SB015.1-003 - Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00019
Abstract

To meet the need for enhanced defense against distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), Grier Forensics proposes developing SPAIN: Single Packet Abuse Interdiction Network. SPAIN amplifies the effectiveness and power of DDoS defenses, reversing the current asymmetry to instead favor the defender. Instead of the passive, isolated, single point defense in use today, SPAIN creates an active, distributed, network wide DDoS defense network. SPAIN is a simple, secure, resource minimal, autonomous and self-regulating system, built on top of existing Internet infrastructure, capable of being integrated into existing networks and devices.

Company

SecureLogix
13750 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78232-4314

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-003-0006-I - Complex Distributed Telephony Denial of Service (TDoS) Defense
Topic Information H-SB015.1-003 - Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00018
Abstract

TDoS is a form of DoS that affects government, enterprise, and small business voice systems. It is the most significant threat to voice systems and by far the most likely form of voice-based DoS. TDoS attackers use SIP, free IP-PBXs, call generators, and spoofed calling numbers to cheaply and anonymously flood their victims with calls. The attackers have the advantage, because attacks are easy to generate, victims often have a small number of critical phones and attendants that are easily overwhelmed, and have little capability to mitigate the attacks. The state of the art in mitigation is largely static black and white lists in PBXs, SBCs, and service provider networks. Plus, by spending just a little more effort, attackers can make their attacks much more complex and difficult to mitigate. Soon the ability to generate very large distributed TDoS attacks will also be possible, increasing the list of potential victims. The proposed project will define a defense for these types of attacks. Attack signatures for future attacks will be defined. A robust defense approach consisting of multiple levels of filters, which inspect the signaling for all calls, use network probes for some calls, and using Turing Tests and content analysis for other calls, all configured with flexible policies and business rules, will be defined. A proof-of-concept implementing the most promising filters and techniques will be built upon the commercial SecureLogix voice security product. This will provide a foundation for a Phase II effort and rapid transition to a commercial product.

Company

Blue Ridge Envisioneering, Inc.
14450 Broadwinged Dr.
Gainesville, VA 20155-5932

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-003-0008-I - Border Gateway Protocol Distributed Denial of Service Attack Alert Extension (DDoS-AE)
Topic Information H-SB015.1-003 - Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00016
Abstract

Our approach will be to design and develop a BGP extension called the DDoS Alert Extension (DDoS-AE) and a web-based central service (CS) that will leverage existing infrastructure and established protocols to enable real-time distribution of DDoS alert messages. A prototype unit running the DDoS-AE will be designed using innovative new hardware such as FPGAs and GPUs to aid in the detection and mitigation of DDoS attacks. The proposed alert messages will contain message classification information that can be used by routers to implement targeted filters to block and/or throttle DDoS traffic. The proposed system will provide routers and network operators with standard interfaces for generating DDoS alerts, allowing multiple sources and ever evolving techniques to facilitate DDoS traffic classification and identification. Additionally, this work will investigate techniques utilizing information already present in BGP to supplement the DDoS packet classifiers to aid in DDoS alert generation. Unlike other DDoS mitigation techniques, this proposed effort does not require network operators to replace existing network equipment; it also has the unique advantage of leveraging existing BGP peer knowledge and relationships. The CS allows DDoS-AE nodes that may not have BGP peers using the extension, to reap the benefits of the alert network, as well as providing a commercialization opportunity to allow human operators. CS will also provide network operators a robust interface for monitoring, reporting, and responding to attacks, greatly increasing the immediate effectiveness of the extension without requiring wide-spread adoption.

Company

MTI Systems, Inc.
7501 Greenway Center Drive
Suite 805
Greenbelt, MD 20770-9999

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-003-0010-I - Automating Collaborative DDoS Mitigation with SDN and BGP Enhancements
Topic Information H-SB015.1-003 - Enhanced Distributed Denial of Service Defense
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00017
Abstract

We propose research to develop a complementary pair of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense mechanisms, both operating in a collaborative mode between victims and upstream providers or peer networks. For initial detection of possible DDoS attack conditions, we rely on reuse of existing work, but primarily focus on utilization of techniques that are built up on Softward-Defined Networking (SDN) mechanisms. SDN plays a large role in the first response mechanism proposed in this research. We will develop a means for network service providers to securely delegate control of their forwarding plane logic to specific customers, using the concept of hierarchical forwarding tables. This will be implemented within systems implementing recent OpenFlow specifications. With proper configuration of the hierarchical forwarding table rules, per-customer rulesets can be provisioned, invoked, and managed by the customers themselves without negative impact to other customers. Since this is only effective at pushing defenses up one-level among collaborating administrative domains, we propose to develop a means of relaying verifiable and authenticable inter-domain, we also propose to develop a means of relaying verifiable and authenticable inter-domain notification of detected attack parameters, bootstrapped upon the Secure Inter-Domain Routing (SIDR) or BGPSEC mechanisms. Using messages signed with the existing Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI) developed for BGPSEC, attack reports can be securely flooded across the inter-domain routing system, and acted upon as deemed appropriate by each provider. Commercialization plans leverage the popularity of SDN upgraded planned across the industry and the contribution to open standard work necessary protocol extensions.

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H-SB015.1-004

Company

Mod9 Technologies
2150 SHATTUCK AVE, PENTHOUSE
BERKELEY, CA 94704-1370

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-004-0006-I - Distributed System for Privacy Protecting Speech Processing
Topic Information H-SB015.1-004 - Privacy Protecting Analytics for the Internet of Things
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00022
Abstract

This proposal explores feature representations for automatic speech processing algorithms with a focus on preserving the clients' privacy. We address two different use cases of privacy: a system that transcribes speech, but is unable to infer the identity of speakers, such as an anonymous tip hotline; and a system that identifies speakers, but is unable to recognize the communicated messages, useful in scenario where a many conversations may be under surveillance in order to locate and isolate a targeted individual. We investigate the feasibility of implementing such systems by focusing on the audio signal representations in a distributed system, where embedded devices compute representations and transmit them to a Big Data analytics service via the Internet. Basic spectral acoustic features, tandem/bottleneck features, and high-dimensional outputs from deep neural networks will all be evaluated for both automatic speech recognition (ASR) and speaker identification (SID) tasks. Performance will be assessed to identify configurations favorable for both use cases. We additionally consider the possibility that an adversarial service operator may attempt to associate identities of speakers by clustering received requests, or reconstructing messages that have been transmitted over a mixture network. In addition to serving the homeland security mission, the private-sector commercialization potential of this research is substantial. It could prove useful to Remeeting, which is being developed as a mobile app and cloud service to record personal conversations; significant privacy concerns serve as barriers to adoption by individual and enterprise customers.

Company

RAM Laboratories, Inc.
591 Camino de la Reina
Suite 610
San Diego, CA 92108-3108

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-004-0013-I - Privacy-based Analytics for Weather and Radiological Emergencies
Topic Information H-SB015.1-004 - Privacy Protecting Analytics for the Internet of Things
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00020
Abstract

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for solutions that not only provide enhanced security and safety by leveraging sensors found on the Internet of Things (IoT) but also suppress data that facilitates the accumulation, processing, and characterization of information that make it attributable to individuals. To address these needs, RAM Laboratories proposes to develop Emergency Response Watch (ER-Watch), a suite of solutions that discern important events and actionable information for first responders with privacy services that suppress user-specific information. This tool consists of apps that extract specific readings from sensors prevalent on commonly used mobile devises, such as phones and tablets. The apps then generate event notifications that are tagged with Pedigree and Provenance information such as location, timestamp, and identifier information. ER-Watch uses back-end cloud processing to determine "watch" and "warning" regions for certain events by using analytics and data clustering algorithms. The Phase I project focuses on tornado warnings and warnings of radiological events. A key facet of the ER-Watch apps and processing are their incorporation of Privacy by Design (PbD) processes within its design. These PbD principles are used to (1) obfuscate device/user identifiers through the use of pseudo-randomization, (2) separate authentication and event analytical processing mechanisms to separate identify information from raw and derived sensor, and (3) use event processing to hide precise location and time tag and thwart track reconstruction activities. The Phase I project will be rapidly prototypes using existing apps previously developed by RAM Laboratories for sensor extraction and messaging.

Company

Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive
Manassas, VA 20110-2210

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-004-0019-I - Personally Indentifiable Information (PII) Guard
Topic Information H-SB015.1-004 - Privacy Protecting Analytics for the Internet of Things
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00021
Abstract

Progeny System proposes a Personally Identifiable Information (PII) Guard architecture solution that acts as a gateway for organizations that desire to access Social Internet of Things (SIoT) while needing to adhere to privacy protection policy with minimal loss of actionable information. Addressing SIoT is forward thinking of the evolutionary trend towards a ubiquitous computing paradigm where thing and human type sensors and embedded systems are interconnected. The technical approach is to PII protect information retrieved from both thing and human type sensors and embedded processors containing PII such as surveillance video, face recognition cameras, License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras, databases and social networks. A guard architecture approach does not require institutionalized privacy protection across global SIoT to ensure privacy protection of information, providing 100% confidence in adhering to PII protection policies. PII protected analytics with temporal, spatial, geographical, group and customizable extent functionality is provided within the PII Guard, maintaining actionable information in the absence of PII. The ability to specify domain ontologies is provided to improve analytics performance by organizing and ranking information artifacts based on ontology correlation. Both PII anonymization and de-identification PII protection methods are supported where the latter can be re-identified as situations and policy permit. To address scalability, the Apache Hadoop architecture is used which is designed to provide distributed storage and processing of Big Data on computer clusters. Commercial applications include intelligence use-cases such as counter terrorism, disaster relief, public safety and security, and law enforcement.

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H-SB015.1-005

Company

Architecture Technology Corporation
9971 Valley View Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3552

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-005-0006-I - WiHub: Wearable Intelligent Communication Hub
Topic Information H-SB015.1-005 - A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00024
Abstract

The huge growth in mobile industry including smartphones and tablets, wearable devices, and the internet of things, caused an explosion in the number of sensor technologies and sensory data. This growth was accompanied by huge leaps in wireless communication technologies in term of speed and geographical coverage. When a highly-trained first responder arrives at an incident scene, an array of communication tools such as land mobile radio (LMR), smartphone and other available communication devices and sensors can overwhelm and distract the first responder. Furthermore, wireless communication can be sporadic at times, with some networks unavailable especially in disaster areas. Architecture Technology Corporation proposes to build WiHub: a wearable intelligent communication hub that is capable of encapsulating and abstracting all of the underlying available communication channels and sensors providing an easy to use plug-and-play interface to help first responders focus on their job rather than managing and configuring the set of devices they have at the scene. If more than one communication link is available, the hub will automatically pick the best route during data transmission, auto-detect link quality and failure and reroute data accordingly without the need for user intervention. The objective of the communication hub is to dissolve the barrier between responders and the many available sources of critical information. The results of Phase I will be three WiHub prototypes with capability demonstration showing their ability to connect to sensors and to utilize available communication links. Phase II completion will add complete auto-detection and auto-configuration features for sensors, networks.

Company

Integrated Solutions For Systems
4970 Corporate Drive
Suite 100
Huntsville, AL 35805-6230

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-005-0017-I - Next Generation First Responder Communication Hub
Topic Information H-SB015.1-005 - A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00023
Abstract

As technology advances, First Responders are presented with a growing suite of increasingly sophisticated sensors and communication tools that provide vital, up-to-the-minute situational awareness information about their surroundings, location and status of nearby First Responders, and personal well-being. For example, programs such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Apex Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) program are redefining the technical toolset available to First Responders. Additionally, an array of communication systems and devices is presented to the First Responder. These devices include short-range voice radios, smartphones with broadband network access, sophisticated multi-band voice and data radios, and everything in between. However, the number of available communication devices, their potential incompatibility between groups and jurisdictions of First Responders, and the ever increasing amount of low-level data to process can distract, frustrate, and overwhelm the First Responder. A need exists for an intelligent communications interface that interconnects the variety of sensors and electronics worn or carried by a Next Generation First Responder with multiple communication systems. This device would be a communications hub - a central device that efficiently, securely, and resiliently routes incoming and outgoing information to the chosen destination using the best available communication medium. A communications hub would improve efficiency and effectiveness of information transmission while removing the burden of constantly communicating low-level but critical data, thus allowing First Responders to focus on the task at hand.

Company

MaXentric Technologies LLC
2071 Lemoine Ave.
Suite 302
Fort Lee, NJ 07024-6007

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-005-0019-I - (FiReBRIC) First Responder's Body-worn Robust Integrated Communications HUB
Topic Information H-SB015.1-005 - A Wearable Communications Hub Designed to Streamline and Improve First Responder Communication Capabilities
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00025
Abstract

Our objective is to develop an intelligent communications hub, or gateway device, capable of interconnecting wearable technologies with an array of wireless local and wide area communications systems like LMR, commercial & public safety 3G/LTE, WiFi, and mesh networking. To address this, MaXentric is proposing a solution capable of not only interconnecting devices to communications networks, but also to store significant amounts of data and serve as a node for distributed local cloud computing. MaXentric will be leveraging several internally developed technologies for this effort. The LMR service of the proposed solution will utilize a LMR (P25) SDR developed by MaXentric to form an integrated device, operating in both cellular broadband and LMR networks. This offers a proven and low-risk approach for the LMR network access. Moreover, the multi-network access and mesh networking capability is utilizing a network technology in a Command and Control (C2) network solution developed for the US Army. The latter is also extended to include solutions for distributed cloud computing in mesh networks. In addition, we will assess feasibility for first responders to operate the proposed solution while wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and evaluate system maintenance & training requirements. During the Phase I effort we will draw from MaXentric team members experience of previous work with public safety technologies and utilize our relationship with the public safety community in the San Diego region. Demonstration of key concept features of the proposed solution will be presented as part of the Phase I effort.

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H-SB015.1-007

Company

Charles River Analytics Inc.
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138-4555

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0007-I - Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS)
Topic Information H-SB015.1-007 - Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00026
Abstract

K9 units provide valuable and unique capabilities to law enforcement operations, including pursuit, search and rescue, and contraband detection. However, there is currently no standard method for tracking the location of K9 teams or transmitting video back to the command center for situational awareness and legal documentation. Several commercial off the shelf (COTS) canine-mounted camera systems are available, but their capabilities are limited and do not address all of the operational requirements, scenarios, and conditions of K9 operations. Specific challenges include camera shake, indoor tracking (where GPS does not function), and maintaining a long range wireless data link capable of streaming video. We propose to develop a Canine Attached Networked Imaging System (CANIS) to provide these capabilities in a rugged device that can be attached to the canine work harness without interfering with normal activities. The system also includes remote video and location monitoring software with an intuitive user interface that supports evidence tagging and can run on vehicle-based or mobile platforms. Our Phase I effort will include selecting COTS components, providing detailed electro-mechanical and software design, and demonstrating specialized prototype algorithms to address challenges specific to the K9 unit application, including image stabilization and GPS-denied positioning. The Phase I effort will result in a complete and comprehensive system design that will support developing and field testing several prototypes in Phase II. We plan to transition CANIS to a commercial product and market it directly to K9 programs within federal, state, and local law enforcement communities.

Company

MNW Tech
11527 Corte Playa Las Brisas
San Diego, CA 92124-1547

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0012-I - CanineTRAKR: Tracking Recorder Advanced K9 Radio
Topic Information H-SB015.1-007 - Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00028
Abstract

The purpose of this project is to develop the CanineTRAKR system - a low-profile, ruggedized canine mounted audio, video, and location tracking system. The data collected is date, time, and location stamped and stored locally as well as transmitted real-time to the canine handler and the command center coordination, location marking, and remote canine control. The CanineTRAKR system will be designed to incorporate the latest technology to meet the specification requirements while allowing for easy integration of future technologies to improve the design as the development proceeds through Phase I, into Phase II, and onto commercialization. Furthermore, customized software is needed to control the various modules as well as for the handler mobile device and the command coordination center to display the real-time video, location tracking information, and other sensor data. At the conclusion of Phase I, MNW Tech will have demonstrated the optimal design for the CanineTRAKR system to wirelessly transmit real-time video and tracking information from a canine mounted device. We will have identified the key components for the different subsystem modules and validated these modules meet the requirement specifications in the solicitation to overcome the technical challenges. In addition to a large opportunity for the CanineTRAKR in Police K9 units, it is expected that the CanineTRAKR would be an invaluable tool used by search and rescue teams as well as the Federal Government with several thousand canine units in every branch of the U.S. Military, and thousands more used throughout the Homeland Security Enterprise.

Company

Intelligent Automation Inc
15400 Calhoun Dr, Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855-2737

Proposal Information HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-007-0022-I - Canine Mounted Wireless Video and Location Streaming System
Topic Information H-SB015.1-007 - Canine Mounted Track and Transmit Device
Award/Contract Number HSHQDC-15-C-00027
Abstract

A tracking device attached to a canine that can relay information to both the handler of the canine via a wrist or forearm mounted remote monitor and a command coordination center is very useful for the purpose of documenting the movements of the canine for court/evidence purposes, verification of area(s) that have or have not been searched by a canine during deployments, safety, and situational awareness. A low cost, rugged, all-weather canine mounted wireless video and location streaming system is proposed by Intelligent Automation, Inc. We call it CAMEL (stands for Canine Mounted Encompassing Locator). CAMEL consists of a Canine Borne Unit, a Handler Borne Unit, and a Command Center Unit. CAMEL consists of a Canine Borne Unit, a Handler Borne Unit, and a Command Center Unit. The Canine Borne Unit comprises a rugged, all-weather, day/night camera; a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), a medium range wireless transmitter, and a load bearing harness. The Handler Borne Unit is composed of a medium range wireless receiver, a processor board, a wrist or forearm mounted remote monitor, and a Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular modem. The Command Center Unit consists of a remote monitor, a LTE modem, and an optional deployable LTE ground station (for operations in areas without commercial LTE coverage). A pair of the canine borne unit and the handler unit forms a minimum CAMEL system. A command center can support many teams of canines and handlers.

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