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Development of a non-invasive diver monitoring system

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
85183
Program Year/Program:
2008 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N08A-025-0295
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Progeny Systems Corporation
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Development of a non-invasive diver monitoring system
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-08-M-0285
Award Amount: $69,952.00
 

Abstract:

Navy and commercial divers are subjected to extreme environmental conditions which can compromise physiological and/or cognitive state. Divers are at risk of various health complications which can ultimately lead to death including barotraumas, hypo/hyperthermia, nitrogen narcosis, oxygen toxicity, decompression sickness, arterial gas embolism, and high pressure nervous syndrome. Even if the diver suffers no physical harm, their cognitive state can be compromised by mental and physical fatigue, stress, sleep deprivation, underwater blasts, and diving in polluted water. When cognitive state is impaired, divers can make mistakes and entire missions can be placed at risk. The safety and efficiency diving operations would be greatly improved if diver's vital signs could be monitored by personnel on the surface. Data of interest might include bubble monitoring, core and skin body temperature, partial pressure of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen, respiratory rate, EEG, ECG, heart rate, ambient water temperature, depth, time of dive, blood pressure, noise dosimetry and a battery of cognitive measures. The opportunity exists to develop a Diver Monitor with all-inclusive data collection and analysis capability by leveraging advances in Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) computing technology, communications and environment monitoring built into Diving gear, bubble detectors, and wireless underwater acoustic modems.

Principal Investigator:

John Sevick
Principal Investigator
7033686107
john.sevick@progeny.net

Business Contact:

Christine Sigety
Manager of Business Support
7033686107
csigety@progeny.net
Small Business Information at Submission:

PROGENY SYSTEMS CORP.
9500 Innovation Drive Manassas, VA 20110

EIN/Tax ID: 541766108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
DUKE UNIV.
Divers Alert Network
6 Colony Place
Durham, NC 27708
Contact: Neal W. Pollock
Contact Phone: (919) 684-2984
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university