Diver Health Monitoring System (DHMS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-08-M-0283
Agency Tracking Number: N08A-025-0114
Amount: $69,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-T025
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
60 Fourth Avenue, Albany, NY, 12202
DUNS: 188282131
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 (518) 449-5504
Business Contact
 Robert Foss
Title: Manager of Research & Development
Phone: (518) 449-5504
Email: rfoss@iem.net
Research Institution
 James Castracane
 255 Fuller Road; Suite 214
Albany, NY, 12203
 (518) 437-8697
 Nonprofit college or university
Military and professional diving is one of the most dangerous professions, with high death and injury rates; however, it is difficult to monitor the condition of an active, free-swimming diver. International Electronic Machines Corporation (IEM), in cooperation with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the State University of New York at Albany and with the advice and assistance of Dr. Neal Pollock of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology at Duke University, will create the Diver Health Monitoring System (DHMS), an innovative, low-cost, self-contained, multisensor, expandable system which will detect multiple different potentially dangerous conditions and provide both on-the spot and remote detection and diagnosis capability for the diver and the controlling Master Diver. Building on technology developed for the Navy, U.S. Army, NASA, and other government agencies, the DHMS will be unobtrusive, lightweight, easy to use, survive in all diving environments, provide sufficient range of communication to be usable in most if not all diving scenarios, offer either wired or wireless (acoustic) data transmission capability, on-diver data evaluation to address the potential issue of stealth or loss of ranged communication, adaptability to different environments and mission parameters, and a number of other useful features.

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