Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Optimizing Remote Capture of Biometrics for Screening Processes

D09PC75525 (formerly NBCHC090025) 0724004
(FY07.2 Phase II)
Framework for Biometric Identification on the Move

AFIS and Biometrics Consulting Inc.
895 Dove Street, 3rd Floor
Newport Beach, CA 92660-2941


We are proposing to develop a prototype system for identifying subjects on the move utilizing multiple biometrics with a very high probability of identification. The system would contain cutting edges sensors and technology. This system would also serve as a system for testing subject user interaction at collection points as well as testing any biometric or projecting the results of fused biometrics. It will be developed based upon the analysis performed and the design and components developed and surveyed during the phase one contract. Although it is a testing framework, we believe it has significant commercial desirability. The result of the Phase II prototype will be the framework solution that we refer to as Biometrics Identification on the Move System (BIMS) product line with all the components and deployment package completed for the go-to-market Phase III commercialization. This product solution will be useful to any agency or enterprise that would like to have least intrusive form of ID for screening or security access. We have identified six vertical market segments, based upon which we have developed the business plan and the commercialization strategy.

Secure and Reliable Wireless Communication for Control Systems

D09PC75377 (formerly NBCHC090023) 0722011
(FY07.2 Phase II)
Secure and Reliable Wireless Communication for Control Systems

Toyon Research Corporation
6800 Cortona Drive
Goleta, CA 93117-3021


Sensors and allocation elements, such as valves and actuators, are pervasive in control systems. In an effort to reduce operating costs and increase system safety, there has been significant research and development focused on wireless sensor systems. To date, there has been limited penetration of wireless technologies to control systems. Those that have been deployed often lack security features and rely on proprietary messaging protocols. The resulting lack of trust for wireless networking and its associated installation complexity greatly limits growth opportunities. Toyon`s focus in this Phase II effort is on the development of an open-standards secure wireless sensor system. The overall system architecture is based on the IEEE 1451 standard for smart sensor systems. By employing IEEE 1451 there is standardization over not only the messaging protocol that rides on top of the wireless protocol, but the sensors themselves. The result is that individual system elements, provided by different vendors, will all work together in a seamless fashion. Our focus for wireless communications is ZigBee-Pro which brings to bear numerous advanced security features, including NSA certified 128-bit AES encryption. This is paired with a backend Ethernet connection that leverages a secure interface based on HTTPS.

Neutron and Photon Generators for Advanced Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Interrogation and Verification Systems

HSHQDC-08-C-00168 FY07.1-0721001-II
(FY07.2 Phase II)
A fast pulse, portable fast neutron Source for special nuclear materials detection

Alameda Applied Sciences Corporation
626 Whitney St
San Leandro, CA 94577-1116


Alameda Applied Sciences Corp proposes to develop a fast pulse, portable, fast neutron source to detect SNM in the field. Our source offers a <100ns neutron pulse with a repetition rate up to 100Hz. The goal is to develop a source with 1000hrs of continuous operation at >1E8 n/s. The Ph II program will develop and validate a prototype for SNM detection. The commercial goal is to develop a replacement to existing neutron tube sources for applications that benefit from a fast neutron

Neutron and Photon Generators for Advanced Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Interrogation and Verification Systems

HSHQDC-09-C-00008 FY07.1-0721105-II
(FY07.2 Phase II)
High-Yield Pulsed Neutron Generator

Adelphi Technology, Inc.
2003 E Bayshore Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063-


A pulsed neutron generator is proposed for the detection of special nuclear material. A recently developed microwave-excited plasma neutron generator will be pulsed to produce the activating neutrons whose pulse lengths vary from 100 s to 2 ms with a fall time of less than 1 s. We demonstrated that we can increase the peak yield as a function of either RF or microwave power, and thus maintain a high average yield. We modified two existing Adelphi generators to demonstrate pulse widths from 50 s to 2 ms with repetition rates of 250 Hz to 5 KHz. We observed pulsed operation by observing the plasma photon yield and the fast and thermal neutron yields. We found that the generator could maintain its plasma at low pressures even though it was being pulsed. We computer simulated the use of a gate electrode to both truncate the pulse fall time and determine neutron pulse structure. We fabricated this gate electrode and its accompanied electronics and installed them in an Adelphi generator. The electrode was shown to operate with the design voltages. The proposed Phase II generator is designed to be low cost, and mechanically and electronically robust, to ensure its wide distribution and use at ports throughout the world. The proposed device is expected to be much lighter than the existing Adelphi generators and require less power. It is a high average yield generator that meets with SNM-detection-system integrators' requirements. The project has a high probability of success based on the Phase I research successes and recent development by Adelphi and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Neutron and Photon Generators for Advanced Special Nuclear Material (SNM) Interrogation and Verification Systems

HSHQDC-09-C-00009 FY07.1-0721210-II
(FY07.2 Phase II)
Intensity-Modulated Advanced X-ray Source (IMAXS)

PTSE, Inc.
2501 Monarch Street
Alameda, CA 94501-9316


We propose to build an Intensity- Modulated Advanced X-ray Source (IMAXS) for cargo inspection systems that allows such systems to achieve 1 to 2 inches greater penetration for dense cargo (steel or equivalent) while, on average, producing the same amount, or less, radiation. Alternatively, cargo inspection systems using the new design may opt to have the same penetration as with conventional sources, but to produce about a factor of 3 less radiation. Another objective is to significantly reduce the overall size and weight of the linear accelerator (linac) system. We will investigate the comparative feasibility and technical merits of S-band (2998 MHz) and X-band (9303 MHz) linac designs for the IMAXS. In Phase 1, the optimal design characteristics will be described, essential variables will be defined, and the IMAXS design will be developed. In Phase II, at least one linac prototype will be developed and tested with a high-energy X-ray inspection system produced for cargo inspection operations: the Rapiscan Eagle System.