Navy Cash Next Generation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,607.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00189-09-P-Z436
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-064-0376
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-064
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
Harmonia, Inc.
2020 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
016442399
Principal Investigator:
Marc Abrams
Principal Investigator
(540) 951-5901
mabrams@harmonia.com
Business Contact:
Pallabi Saboo
CEO
(540) 951-5915
psaboo@harmonia.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Navy currently uses a Smart Card based stored value system to provide sailors with the ability to make purchases on board a ship This system, called Navy Cash, has been implemented on a majority of the ships but the Navy is encountering problems of cost and maintenance is looking for an alternative that will automate back-end processes and allow newer authentication technologies such as biometric to be inducted. Harmonia proposes to develop a system that implements a “Bank ATM/POS-like” system onboard the ship which works in conjunction with standard bank issued debit cards, biometric authentication devices and a Navy-specific PIN set up by the sailor at the time of registration to create a secure and simple environment for cashless purchases. The system also fully automates the bank-end processes for reconciliation of transactions and settlement of accounts with vendors. It also provides a facility for disbursing cash while onboard without unduly taxing the disbursement officer’s time. The result is a system that can be implemented systematically and cost-effectively, provides significant savings in terms of management and long-term maintenance and is scalable and upgradeable to newer authentication processes as they mature.

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