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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Autonomous Data Acquisition and Processing Payload for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    SBC: Kitware, Inc.            Topic: 9501

    In response to NOAA-OAR-OAR TPO-2019-2005899 topic 9.5.01 , Kitware proposes a compact data collection and processing payload that can be hosted from small unmanned aircraft systems to support autonomous beyond line of sight missions. This innovative payload will manage collections from onboard sensors with optimizations collection paradigms. It will produce curated, geo-registered data archives, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. Inline-Inspection for Both Circumferential Cracking and Axial Stress Using EMAT Guided Wave

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 20PH1

    There is a persistent need to improve the inline inspection (ILI) technology to identify accidents before they occur. Circumferential cracks could be induced by land movement or extensive residual stress. ILI tools that can detect circumferential crack detection and measure bending stress are still lacking in the market due to limited research funding on this topic. PHMSA is preparing regulatory r ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  3. Artificial Intelligence for Monitoring Crossing Infrastructure and to Improve Grade Crossing Safety

    SBC: WI-TRONIX, LLC            Topic: 20FR2

    Founded in 2004, the mission of Wi-Tronix is to improve railway safety, operational efficiency, and service reliability, in real-time. We are the preferred connected solutions provider to over one-third of all locomotives in North America. Wi-Tronix is proposing to leverage our expertise in developing and making commercially available AI based technologies for autonomous highway-rail grade crossin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  4. Intelligent Door Operation System (IDOS)

    SBC: NEWPORT SENSORS INC            Topic: 20FR3

    To address the passenger safety concerns related to the recent incidents of inadvertent railcar door opening, this SBIR project develops a low-cost Intelligent Door Operation System (IDOS).By installing small ultrasonic proximity sensors beneath side doors and linking them to the door control circuit, IDOS ensures that doors will not open unless their sensors detect the presence of a platform. The ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  5. Wireless Pore Water Pressure and Soil Moisture Sensor

    SBC: ESENSORS INC.            Topic: 190FR2

    Inadequate drainage is of concern to many construction sites, road embankments, retaining walls, dams and, for this proposal, railroad roadbeds. Soil stability and ability to withstand stress is affected by pore water pressure and soil moisture content but these quantities can be monitored by sensors. The specific needs of a roadway (or highway) installation is a pore pressure sensor capable of dy ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  6. Improved Condition Monitoring of Traction Motors

    SBC: Sharma & Associates, Inc.            Topic: 190FR5

    Identification of defects and incipient failures before the breakdown of the equipment is recognized as an important maintenance activity in the railroad industry to improve efficiency and safety of the operation. It is well known that a proper implementation of condition monitoring improves the overall equipment reliability and reduces unexpected field failures. Traction motor faults can result i ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Transportation
  7. Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 180PH2

    Pipeline operators employ cleaning tools for improving product throughput, inhibiting corrosion, and preparing their pipes for inline inspection. For many pipeline risk models, improving the scope and quality of input data is a long-term process. If the combined cost of pigging and inspecting was low and could be done simultaneously, pipeline operators would be encouraged to perform inspections mo ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Transportation
  8. Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    SBC: ULC Robotics, Inc.            Topic: 180PH2

    Combined Cleaning and Guided Wave Inspection System for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines 3/20/2018 For this SBIR we will develop a machine vision system which uses onboard standard-resolution cameras in vehicles to identify and read barcode signs on the roadside. The proposed approach could provide a low-cost solution that make connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology viable for rural areas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Transportation
  9. Wireless Compatible Digital Train Line (WiDTL) for Passenger Type Vehicles in a Train Consist

    SBC: Sharma & Associates, Inc.            Topic: 151FR1

    The Next Generation Equipment Committee (NGEC) developed a standard for specifying the use of an Ethernet based digital train line (DTL) network to replace the COMM line for passenger trains. These specifications are PRIIA 305‐919 Digital Train Line Hardware and PRIIA 305‐920 Digital Train Line Software. The intent Is to eventually allow for the improvement of passenger train control. DTL spec ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Transportation
  10. Environmentally Neutral Electric Bike Share System

    SBC: INNOVATIVE DYNAMICS INC            Topic: 142OS1

    IDI is proposing an electrically assisted e-bike system, designed to increase the usage of bicycles for daily commuting. This design is intended for usage alongside traditional bike share programs in cities across the country. The primary benefit is attract those otherwise unwilling to use bicycles to commute, either due to personal reservation or perceived terrain difficulties. This is accomplish ...

    SBIR Phase II 2016 Department of Transportation
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