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TelemeTrak: C-17 OBLE (on board loose equipment) Detection to Largely Automate Equipment Inspections

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8649-22-P-0929
Agency Tracking Number: F2D-4651
Amount: $1,249,998.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF221-DCSO1
Solicitation Number: X22.1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-07-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-05
Small Business Information
8000 Edgewater Drive, Suite #200
Oakland, CA 94621-2042
United States
DUNS: 117471148
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Fred Ziegler
 (415) 996-6546
Business Contact
 BjornErik Eklund
Phone: (415) 335-3436
Research Institution

TelemeTrak's  technology can make aircraft OBLE (on board loose equipment) inspections 90% faster than today’s manual inspections, which take a full hour on a C-17.  But, with TelemeTrak’s proposed OBLE detection device these could be done in only 6 minutes, the time needed to walk slowly up and down an 88’ C-17 cargo bay, or around the entire aircraft, carrying our device as it detects the OBLE. In this D2P2, TelemeTrak will modify its existing product (by making it rugged and hand-held) to develop this solution and conduct T&E to ensure that it meets AF requirement, and in particular the needs of the 437th AMXS at JB Charleston. TelemeTrak’s Phase I and post-Phase I efforts both demonstrated impressive results.    In Phase I, we identified the 437th AMXS as the right AF Customer and End-User, documented its needs and confirmed the technical feasibility of our proposed solution. Post-Phase I, TelemeTrak conducted much more T&E and confirmed that our current device can, with the correct antenna, detect RFID tags at up to 63’ away, well beyond the 18’ width of a C-17 cargo bay.  These results are extremely encouraging and demonstrate the potential to save the 437th AMXS over 11,500 annual man-hours and many more for the other 66 AF maintenance squadrons and similar maintenance units across DOD. We intend to reach at least TRL-7 and MRL-6 in Phase II, and to get unit costs (in volumes of 30+) well below $1000.  Phase II Technical Objectives and Key Results Objective 1 – Prove (by T&E) the ability to detect RFID (or other) tagged C-17 OBLE. Key Results: Detect up to 500 tags at once.  Detect at range of 18’ (full width of a C-17 cargo compartment).  Deliver handheld, ruggedized OBLE detection device to the 437th AMXS within 18 months of CA. Objective 2 – Prove (by T&E) the ability to display a list of the above OBLE in a user-friendly UI.  Key Results: Display all detected items in UI.  Display undetected (but sought for, and thus missing) items in UI.  Deliver UI to the 437th AMXS within 18 months of CA. Objective 3 – Prove (by T&E) the ability to transfer above list to a USB, and by wired or wireless means to an AF user.  Key Results: Transfer list of OBLE detected from device to a USB stick.  Transfer list of OBLE sought from a USB to device. Transfer list of OBLE detected wirelessly from device to another device capable of displaying the list.  Deliver device to the 437th AMXS within 18 months of CA. Objective 4 – Prove (by T&E) the ability to notify (audibly or visually) the user of the presence of a specific OBLE item.  Key Results: Produce audible signal when a specific, sought for, OBLE item is detected.  Produce visual signal when a specific, sought for, OBLE item is detected.  Deliver device producing those audible and visual signals to the 437th AMXS within 18 months of CA. TelemeTrak can achieve the four technology objectives above with a D2P2 award and save the AF thousands of inspection man-hours.  We are thus pleased to submit this proposal.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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