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Intelligent Flamefinder Detection and Alert System (IFDAS)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines
850 River St. Troy, NY 12180-1239
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Intelligent Flamefinder Detection and Alert System (IFDAS)
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CB42C
Award Amount: $599,946.00


Current hydrogen flame detection systems exhibit shortcomings ranging from limited detection range, to localization inaccuracy, limited sensitivity, false alarms, and inability to self-diagnose failures. During Phase I. International Electronic Machines Corporation IEM created and tested a prototype version of an Intelligent FlameFinder Detection and Alert System (IFDAS), demonstrating that IEM's system could accurately detect, track, and localize hydrogen flames and reliably discriminate between hydrogen flames and over two dozen sources of false alarms including reflections of flames or the sun, welding, other flame sources, etc., using a unique, innovative, and expandable Flame Detection Expert System design. In Phase II, IEM proposes to develop a full working prototype system employing multiple IFDAS sensor units, an enhanced flame detection expert system, and a comprehensive user interface including means for notifying emergency personnel when a fire is detected. This IFDAS Prototype will be demonstrated under real-world conditions at Stennis Space Center.

Principal Investigator:

Zack Mian
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Robert W. Foss
R&D Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

International Electronic Machines Corporation (IEM)
850 River Street Troy, NY 12180

EIN/Tax ID: 222865038
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No