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LOW COST SMART MAGNETOMETER FOR TRAIN DETECTION/MONITORING

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Transportation
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
21830
Program Year/Program:
1995 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
21830
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
KVH INDUSTRIES, INC.
50 Enterprise Center Middletown, RI 02842 5279
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1995
Title: LOW COST SMART MAGNETOMETER FOR TRAIN DETECTION/MONITORING
Agency: DOT
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $300,000.00
 

Abstract:

PRESENT TRAIN DETECTION SCHEMES RELY LARGELY ON A LOW RESISTANCE THROUGH THE TRAIN'S WHEELS TO PERTURBATE A STABLE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT. WHILE ELEGANT IN PRINCIPLE, THE DESIGN IS PLAGUED BY OXIDE FILMS AND MATERIAL BUILDUP ON THE RAIL, SNEAK PATHS THROUGH THE BALLAST AND OTHER UNCONTROLLABLE VARIABLES. KVH INDUSTRIES PROPOSES TO DESIGN AND DELIVER A "SMART MAGNETOMETER"-BASED SENSOR PACKAGE WHICH WILL BACKUP AND FAIL-SAFE THE PRESENT TRACK CIRCUIT DESIGN. THE MAGNETOMETER WILL BE LOW IN COST, LOW IN POWER CONSUMPTION, WILL READILY INTEGRATE WITH EXISTING DETECTION AND SIGNALLING SYSTEMS INFRASTRUCTURES AND WILL OBVIATE THE SHORTCOMINGS CITED IN THE SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATIVE RESEARCH SOLICITATION. OUR SMART MAGNETOMETER WILL INCLUDE A MICROPROCESSOR FOR POWER CONDITIONING, SELF-TEST CAPABILITY, DIGITAL COMMUNICATION AND A LOW DRAIN INTERNAL BATTERY FOR BACKUP POWER. WE WILL EMPLOY RAIL POWER IN THE DETECTION ZONE WHENEVER POSSIBLE, BUT OUR MICROELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY WILL ALLOW SELF-POWERED OPERATION (INCLUDING AN OPTION FOR PHOTO-VOLTAIC CELLS). WE PROPOSE TO USE OUR EXTENSIVE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE AND OUR PREEMINENCE IN THE FIELD OF MAGNETOMETRICS TO DEVELOP, TEST, AND DELIVER A PROOF-OF-PRINCIPLE TRAIN DETECTOR SENSOR PACKAGE FOR TEST AND EVALUATION.

Principal Investigator:

A H Kits Van Heyningen
Chief Scientist
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Kvh Industries Inc.
110 Enterprise Center Middletown, RI 02840

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No