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Innovative Residential Fire Sensor

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Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco Street Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505-3993
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Innovative Residential Fire Sensor
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Contract: SB1341-08-SE-0674
Award Amount: $90,000.00


Southwest Sciences proposes development of residential fire sensing systems based on low cost optical imaging sensors combined with newly introduced highly miniaturized, low power CO sensors. Sensor modules will also include temperature sensors. The modules will be part of a low power wireless network. Each module will be about ½ the size of a business card, a few mm thick, and will operate for at least a year using a lithium battery. Volume production will keep prices low enough (we aim for $10) that it will be practical to install at least one in each room of a residence. Sensor modules will be unobtrusive and can be optimized to detect smoldering fires by attaching directly to furniture particularly for high risk residents including young children, the elderly, and the physically handicapped. Our approach targets the types of residential fires that are difficult to detect using conventional smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.

Principal Investigator:

David Bromse

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Small Business Information at Submission:

Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco St., Suite E-11 Santa Fe, NM 87505

Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No