Computer Aided Optimization of a Vector Surveilence Tent Trap and Field Demonstration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-10-C-0214
Agency Tracking Number: O093-H27-3030
Amount: $99,961.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD09-H27
Solitcitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Infoscitex Corporation
303 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA, 02451
Duns: 004627316
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Mulligan
 Senior Engineer
 (781) 890-1338
 rmulligan@infoscitex.com
Business Contact
 Stephen Mattox
Title: Director, Finance & Contracts
Phone: (781) 890-1338
Email: smattox@infoscitex.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Arthropod-borne diseases common to present operational environments of the Middle East (Iraq) and Asia (Afghanistan) represent a major portion of the environmental threat to deployed military personnel, and Army entomologists utilize an aggressive vector surveillance program to monitor for the presence of disease carrying insects in deployed regions. Because of this, the Army has issued a request for an easily deployable, safe, and high performing human-baited tent trap that will allow field scientists to measure the health threats present to troops with a high degree of confidence. Infoscitex (IST) proposes to utilize state of the art computer aided engineering to determine the optimal tent trap designs for monitoring various insect species in different geographical locations. The Phase I program will culminate in an outdoor demonstration of a first generation working trap (non-human baited) in Colorado. Potential Phase II work may involve field evaluations of various designs in Mexico, Thailand, or Senegal.

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