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A Low Cost Viewer for Fire Fighters

Award Information

Department of Commerce
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
En'Urga Inc.
1201 Cumberland Ave. West Lafayette, IN 47906-1385
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: Yes
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: A Low Cost Viewer for Fire Fighters
Agency: DOC
Contract: 50-DKNB-1-SBO59
Award Amount: $75,000.00


This Phase 1 proposal seeks to evaluate the feasibility of a low cost infrared viewer for fire fighters. There are four distinct components that comprise the novel infrared viewer. The first is a Nipkow disc, which allows a two dimensional scene to be scanned by a single element detector. The second is a four state thermoelectrically cooled lead selenide detector that is sensitive in the most appropriate part of the infrared spectrum for fire fighting applications. The third is a low cost infrared diode that is used for illuminating the fire scene. The fourth is a advanced single board processor that converts the analog signal from the single element detector into a NTSC compatible signal for direct viewing by a helmet mounted display panel. These four key components will allow the fabrication of an infrared fire fighter imager at less than thousand dollars, making a suitable for fire fighting applications. During the Phase 1 part of the project, the feasibility utilizing a Nipkow disc with a single element detector to reliably image a two dimensional scene will be evaluated. During the Phase 11 part of the project, a prototype viewer will be fabricated and evaluated in a large scale fire experiment.

Principal Investigator:

Yudaya Sivathanu
Technical Director

Business Contact:

Yudaya Sivathanu
Principal Investigator
Small Business Information at Submission:

En'Urga Inc.
1291-A Cumberland Avenue West Lafeyette, IN 47906

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No