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Proposal Number: 0621085
Proposal Title: EnerPak - an innovative power technology solution for advanced unattended ground sensors
Topic Number: H-SB06.2-003
Phase: Phase I
Organization: TPL, Inc.
Address: 3921 Academy Parkway North, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109-4416  
Abstract: TPL proposes to demonstrate the feasibility of its EnerPak power solution for use in unattended ground sensors (UGS) for border security. The EnerPak combines energy harvesting technology with miniaturized electrochemical storage devices to provide a hybrid power source for sensors deployed in remote locations. Our solution uniquely meets the needs of border security UGS and delivers long life (at least 5 years), low cost (<$20 per node), and small size (approximately the size of two standard AA cells). The EnerPak is well suited for use with COTS, ZigBee-compatible wireless sensor nodes, which provide an excellent approach for border control UGS. ZigBee nodes form a mesh network configuration, allowing data to be transmitted node-to-node over great distances with high reliability. Furthermore, in a mesh network consisting of a large number of nodes, many sensors detect a single event eliminating the potential that an intruder can evade detection. Moreover, fusion of data from multiple sensors can reduce the false alarm rate and simultaneously be used to calculate the trajectory of the intruder. In the Phase I effort, the power supply concept will be demonstrated using a COTS, ZigBee-compatible wireless sensor node configured to detect acoustic signals.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC070077
Period of Performance: 03/21/2007 - 10/06/2007
Award/Contract Value: $99,995.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,995.00