Shipping Container Remote Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-C-0415
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0054
Amount: $735,935.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-005
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
5405 Morehouse Drive, Suite 245, SAN DIEGO,, CA, 92121
DUNS: 138395970
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Giora Goldberg
 Vice President and CTO
 (858) 453-9866
Business Contact
 Gioia Messinger
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (858) 453-9866
Research Institution
Each year, more than sixteen million shipping containers arrive in the US via truck, rail, or container ships. Current inspection regimes rely on cumbersome and expensive procedures such as manual inspection and/or x-ray, gamma ray, and radiation detection technology to determine the risk posed by each container. Rarely can more than a small percentage of the total number of containers arriving at US ports of entry, be adequately inspected. However, any un-inspected container can pose a significant risk to national security. Therefore, the end purpose of this project and the justification for funding is to design and prove the technical viability of a network of miniature distributed wireless chemical and explosive sensors capable of detecting threat agents in shipping containers and vulnerable and difficult to secure locations. Avaak’s proposed end system (Phase III) consists of autonomous, low cost, and integrated miniature color video sensors (platforms) equipped with highly sensitive porous silicon sensors, wireless communications capabilities, and software that processes and communicates alarm conditions to a remote hub or control center.

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