Topic Information Award/Contract Number Proposal Information Company Performance

Small Vessel Cooperative Identification and Tracking (SVCT) and Noncooperative Vessel Imaging and Tracking (NVIT) Technologies

D12PC00364 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-001-0028-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
Smart Chart AIS

Technology Systems Inc.
14 Maine St
Suite 306
Brunswick, ME 04011-2545


The ability to track small vessels is critical to national security, but not easily accomplished due to the sheer volume of craft and the range of environments which they operate within. The introduction of smart-phones with location, orientation, camera, and Internet capabilities is enabling collaborative applications that have strong locative potential. These devices are capable of acting as basic Electronic Chart Systems (ECSs), along with providing additional nautical services such as weather forecasts, electronic text chat/VOIP, and so forth. Smart Chart AIS will result in smart-phone based ECS capabilities that can be distributed for free to the small craft community. The only obligation of end users will be to register with a Smart Chart AIS server and to enable broadcast of AIS-like data. This will enable tracking of many small craft through cloud based servers. The Phase 1 effort resulted in successful proof of principle prototypes being developed for the iPhone and Android platforms. Phase 2 will fully develop the app for these platforms plus Windows Phone platforms, along with fully implementing supporting server capabilities that include gateway services to other Maritime Domain Awareness systems. This effort is expected to provide the basis for a new international standard called AIS Class E. The Phase 2 option will facilitate adoption of AIS Class E by other ECS manufacturers through creation of Application Programmer Interfaces. Smart Chart AIS presents a strong opportunity for commercial growth through additional value added applications, server software licensing, content marketing, and related product development.

Preparation of Environmental Samples for Biological Detection

D12PC00287 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-002-0009-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
A Novel Fractionation and Concentration System for Improved Biological Detection

InnovaPrep LLC
132 east main street
Drexel, MO 64742-0068


Detection of bioaerosols is a cornerstone in the protection of our nation from bioterrorist and pandemic events. Rapid bioaerosol detection systems have advanced dramatically in recent years, but the lack of integratable automated sample preparation for these systems remains a major deficiency. Three significant issues are (a) a lack of an interface between large environmental samples and sample preparation and detection components requiring very small volumes, (b) deficiencies in removing inhibitory environmental material and (c) an inability to separate, and thus, differentiate whole pathogens from exogenous materials derived from those pathogens. InnovaPrep is developing a novel membrane-based fractionation and concentration system capable of removing inhibitors and separating whole pathogens and exogenous materials into two highly-concentrated volumes. The proposed system will be exceedingly rapid; with the capability to fractionate, prepare, and concentrate 10 milliliter environmental aerosol samples (without sample splitting) into 100 microliter volumes in less than 15 minutes, and deliver the samples ready for identification. The system will be composed of updatable snap-together modules that can be operated as-needed for different systems, providing separately concentrated nucleic acids and proteins from free solution and from whole cells . A portion of the viable whole cells will also be archived by the system. All disposable components in the modules will have operational lifetimes of up to hundreds of samples, thereby allowing for straightforward integration into autonomous biodetection systems. The system being developed here is applicable to multibillion dollar commercial and government markets that are growing at a rate of 18.3 percent.

Monolithic, Electronically and Widely Tunable Semiconductor-Based Infrared Laser Sources

D12PC00460 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-004-0003-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
Monolithic, Electronically and Widely Tunable Quantum Cascade Laser Sources

EOS Photonics, Inc.
30 Spinelli Place
Suite A
Cambridge, MA 02138-1070


Eos Photonics, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Loncar at Harvard University, proposes to further develop a novel widely tunable, high power quantum cascade laser source for remote sensing applications. Eos will then transition this revolutionary mid-IR laser into a commercial product that is ideally suited for the standoff detection and identification of threats such as explosives and chemical warfare agents. The tuning mechanism of our source is fully electronic and uses no moving parts, relying instead on the integration of intersubband tuning elements fabricated monolithically with DBR gratings to ensure electrically-controlled wavelength tuning over a wide wavelength range and with excellent mode suppression ratio.

Mitigation of Contact Lens, Eye Surgery, Pupil Dilation, and Other Challenges on Iris Recognition

D12PC00288 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-005-0007-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
Mitigation of Contact Lens, Eye Surgery, Pupil Dilation, and Other Challenges in Iris Recognition

Member of the Family LLC
670 Ritchie Highway
Severna Park, MD 21146-3979


Member of the Family LLC's proposal is designed to study and analyze the effects of contact lens usage, eye surgery and various types of pupil dilation as they relate to the accuracy and performance of iris recognition systems. Additionally we propose to determine whether or not appropriate measures exist or can be created to mitigate the effects of these factors in iris recognition. While others may have approached similar studies from academic standpoints, MOTF's study will be based on clinical data that will be gathered in both hospital and private practice settings. This will assure that we include in the study as wide a range of medical and surgical subjects as possible within the timeframe of the study. We expect that this study will provide sufficient raw data for us to analyze so that we should be able to begin to develop approaches to detect and mitigate obstacles to iris recognition. Phase II of the project will provide the additional time and resources to expand the biometric database to more completely consider the challenges to recognition observed in Phase I. MOTF is confident that there are both private and government outlets for the commercialization of this technology.

Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

D12PC00404 FY11.1-H-SB011.1-006-0003-II
(FY11.1 Phase II)
Improved Firefighter Face Piece Lenses for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus

PolyNew, Inc
1021 18th St
Golden, CO 80401-1826


This multiphase project develops higher heat resistant materials for use in face shields of self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBAs) and brings them to commercial markets. Key findings of the Phase I work are that polyethersulfone (PES) is a promising replacement for polycarbonate (PC) with respect to thermal and optical properties. However, PES has considerably lower mechanical impact strength than PC and therefore may not be suitable as a "drop in" replacement. Accordingly, an important aspect of Phase II will be to evaluate the significance of the lower impact strength of PES compared to PC. Given the limitations discovered in Phase I, alternative materials will be developed in Phase II. The new materials are highly promising; they will have both improved thermal and mechanical properties compared to the present state-of-the-art. Even if such technologically sophisticated lenses are not needed for the 2013 NFPA requirements, their development can establish feasibility for even more protective standards in the expected 2018 NFPA requirements. Depending on the developments in Phase II, PolyNew will realize revenues through a combination of providing materials and components and technology licensing fees in Phase III. Honeywell Life Safety serves as a commercialization partner in Phase II and provides a ready path to market in Phase III.