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STEWARD: Sensor Technologies for Enhancing Workplace Awareness through Remote Discernment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Logistics Agency
Contract: SP4701-17-P-0025
Agency Tracking Number: L162-001-0009
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DLA162-001
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-12-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-12-01
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Woburn, MA, 01801
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Durkee
 Senior Scientist
 (937) 490-8010
 kdurkee@aptima.com
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Email: mckenna@aptima.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Warehouse injuries and accidents are occurring much too frequently and resulting in devastating consequences and implications for the involved facility. Although the recent emergence of low-cost and unobtrusive sensor technologies have flooded nearly every market to improve health and safety, the warehousing and manufacturing markets have remained largely unpenetrated. Aptima plans to fill this gap through Sensor Technologies for Enhancing Warehouse Awareness through Remote Discernment (STEWARD), an intelligent and transferrable system focused on maintaining a safe and productive warehouse environment. STEWARD will identify risky or dangerous situations/practices, assist in mitigating warehouse accidents and injuries, and inform improvements to the ergonomics associated with typical DLA warehouse operations. To accomplish these objectives, STEWARD will leverage robust sensor technologies to optimize warehouse performance and safety through both pragmatic and innovative solutions. Specific technology areas include location tracking and mapping, impact and pressure sensors, radio-frequency identification/tagging (RFID), semi-autonomous robots, and sensors to augment and quantitatively analyze the ergonomics associated with typical job functions. When completed, STEWARD will transition into DLA warehouse environments to optimize worker health, safety, and performance while facilitating seamless transition to other applicable environments.

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