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Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems

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Department of Defense
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2011 / SBIR
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Voxtel Inc.
15985 NW Schendel Avenue Suite 200 Beaverton, OR 97006-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-3140
Award Amount: $149,999.00


ABSTRACT: Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL) using optical taggants is a powerful tool for locating modern military threats. While many taggant delivery systems have been conceived, few are practical. Large surface-to-volume ratios make nanoparticles difficult to work with as they tend to agglomerate. Moreover, the oily ligands used in nanoparticle synthesis are not compatible with the range of solvents, binders, and additives that comprise a taggant and allow it to be stored and dispersed. When deployed on a target they must be imperceptible and, applied in sufficiently high density, they must be detectable. An optimized taggant system will demonstrate delivery by dry propellant-, aerosol-, paint-, and water-based media in a custom-designed, small-sized system mounted on a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV). Using end-to-end system models the requisite taggant density and area covered will be determined for candidate standoff ranges. Using an RPV-based delivery system, the optimized taggants will be demonstrated in the field. A radiometrically calibrated laser and near-infrared LIDAR detection system will be used to assess the performance of the system. This data will be used in Phase II to optimize a delivery system and to demonstrate that system in government-sponsored field tests. BENEFIT: The needs satisfied by the proposed taggants and taggant delivery systems: Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL), Combat Identification (CID), Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF), Materiel Control and Tracking, Access Control, and others. Commercial applications include security inks, anti-counterfeiting of luxury items (watches, etc), lottery tickets, and tax stamps.

Principal Investigator:

David Barsic
Senior Engineer
(971) 223-5646

Business Contact:

George Williams
(971) 223-5646
Small Business Information at Submission:

Voxtel Inc.
12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 230 Beaverton, OR -

EIN/Tax ID: 931285205
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No