Shipping Container Remote Sensing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-04-C-R281
Agency Tracking Number: 04SB1-0054
Amount: $98,975.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: SB041-005
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
AVAAK
5405 Morehouse Drive Suite 320, SAN DIEGO,, CA, 92121
DUNS: 138395970
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Giora Goldberg
 Vice President, CTO
 (858) 453-9866
 giora@avaak.com
Business Contact
 Gioia Messinger
Title: President & CEO
Phone: (858) 453-9866
Email: gioia@avaak.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Each year over sixteen million containers arrive in our country by truck and in container ships. Current inspection regimes rely on manual inspection procedures and on x-raying, on gamma ray inspection technology, and on use of radiation detectors on containers of interest. Rarely can more than a small percentage of the total number of containers in a container ship be adequately inspected, and any uninspected container can pose significant risk to national security. Avaak Inc. proposes to develop a system based on miniature and low cost sensor-radio platforms (capsules), that includes on board bio-chem and explosive sensors and can wirelessly relay alarm signals from within shipping containers, to a hand held hub (PDA) or PC. The concept for the proposed system is derived from a similar system that Avaak is developing for the US Navy, under an SBIR award, for use in reconnaissance, asymmetric warfare and urban combat.

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