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Volume-Sensing Personal Hydration System

Award Information

Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Volume-Sensing Personal Hydration System
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: W81XWH-07-C-0079
Award Amount: $749,972.00


Dehydration has considerable negative effects, and is a constant threat to our troops, who by necessity are physically active, weighed down by numerous pieces of armor and equipment, and serve in warm, dry climates. While each carry a supply of liquid and are trained to stay hydrated, it is difficult for soldiers to gauge how much liquid they have left, leading to hoarding or running out, both of which can lead to dehydration and the concomitant physical impairments. In this Phase II program, Infoscitex will continue to develop the robust and noninvasive volume sensing system designed during the Phase 1 program to determine the volume of water in a collapsible bladder canteen, in conjunction with our manufacturing partner. The information calculated by our system is presented to the soldier as a quantity, as well as delivered to an on-person computing system for further processing. Our system is composed entirely of solid state elements and does not come into contact with the sensed liquid. These factors ensure that our system is robust, with operational parameters that withstand multiple uses, extreme temperatures and austere environments.

Principal Investigator:

Gordon Hirschman
Vice President, Systems E

Business Contact:

William Thompson
Contracts Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451

EIN/Tax ID: 043537120
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No