Microsensor for the Detection of Humans in Cargo Shipping Containers
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is aimed at developing a wireless microsensor for the detection of humans in cargo shipping containers. During Phase I, feasibility of the proposed microsensor was successfully demonstrated. In Phase II we will conduct detailed studies to refine the performance of the microsensor. The microsensor will be configured for independent operation, yet with sufficient flexibility to be integrated and/or communicate wirelessly with the Advanced Container Security Device (ACSD). Two fieldable prototype microsensors will be made available to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as to sensor manufacturing partners, for independent evaluation of the performance of the microsensor. Anticipated Benefits and Potential Commercial Applications: The microsensor will be an important tool in the hands of law enforcement agencies for the reliable detection of stowaways in cargo shipping containers. A small, reliable, low-power-consuming, long life and inexpensive ($150 for quantities larger than 5000) cargo shipping container monitor could prevent illegal transportation of humans and make our nation safer. In addition, the potential commercial applications for the proposed microsensor could include: Environmental applications; Medical applications; Agricultural and Bio-related processes; Food packaging; and Brewing and Carbonated drink industries.
* information listed above is at the time of submission.