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Hardening for Commercially Available Hand Held Computing and Communications Devices for First Responders

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-12-C-00070
Agency Tracking Number: DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-004-0003-I
Amount: $149,938.01
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB012.2-004
Solicitation Number: DHS SBIR-2012.2
Solicitation Year: 2012
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2012-09-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2013-07-14
Small Business Information
130 Knowles Drive Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95032-1832
United States
DUNS: 119301831
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Browne
 (408) 348-4426
Business Contact
 Michael Browne
Title: General Manager-Vision Products
Phone: (408) 348-4426
Research Institution

First responders operate in emergency situations that require ruggedized gear that can survive temperature, impact, and moisture. Utilizing the communication devices that first responders already carry on them has many benefits including: always on-scene, reduced cost of distributing equipment, elimination of training requirements, and many others. Ruggedizing commercial hand held computing and communications devices provides the DHS the benefit of state of the art handsets without having to pay for the development of custom hardware.
SA Photonics has developed a hardware agnostic approach to ruggedizing commercial off-the-shelf mobile communication devices. Our approach protects devices from impact, moisture, and temperature extremes. The SA Photonics ruggedized enclosure was especially designed to protect the weakest part of a smart phone; the glass touch screen. This protection is provided while still maintaining full functionality of a touch screen, such as pinch and swipe, that first responders are accustom to using in their daily lives. Additional battery life is also provided with an auxiliary battery and solar and inductive charging features. Our design can be modified to fit any smart phone or tablet platform.
In a Phase I program, SA Photonics will first perform research with first responder groups to identify the most widely utilized devices and first responders' desired functionality and features. We will then complete the preliminary design of a ruggedized enclosure, provide technical drawings and demonstrate critical subsystem functionality. The SA Photonics ruggedized case will have commercial applications in first responder groups, Fire, Police, S.W.A.T, and military sectors.

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