|Proposal Title:||Hand-Held MENTOR for Biological Threat Material Detection and Identification|
|Topic Title:||HANDHELD BIOLOGICAL DETECTION SYSTEM|
|Organization:||Menon and Associates, Inc.|
|Address:||12282 Libelle Ct.
San Diego, CA 92131-3845
|Abstract:||Emergency responders require a hand-held instrument in the field for screening specific sites for biological threat materials. In Phase I we will complete a design for an instrument, called MENTOR, which meets the needs and specifications of the emergency response teams. Innovative methods will be used to test electronic and software modules to transition the MENTOR system from a desktop to hand-held system. In Phase II we plan to complete the design and build the final fieldable prototype system. This system will then be tested in collaboration with the emergency response teams, including BioWatch program, in the field. Initial tests using the MENTOR proved that it detects and identifies toxins, bacteria and virus instantaneously. It uses parts that can be made rugged, with miniature modules that can be easily maintained and replaced. Connectivity to the internet allows data downloads and alerts. User friendly software and display enable operating the system in hazardous conditions. MENTOR can be used to monitor areas such as airports, shopping malls, mail, cargo, border and customs.|
|Period of Performance:||12/15/2005 - 06/30/2006|