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Realtime, rapid detection of Illegal substances using hyperspectral and neuromorphic technologies

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT21C00000049
Agency Tracking Number: 21.1-DHS211-009-0011-I
Amount: $149,842.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHS211-009
Solicitation Number: DHS211
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-05-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-10-13
Small Business Information
1 S Market street Suite 1715
San Jose, CA 95113-1780
United States
DUNS: 080159595
HUBZone Owned: Yes
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Srini vasan
 (424) 227-1417
Business Contact
 Srini vasan
Title: president
Phone: (424) 227-1417
Research Institution

Improving detection of illegal threats and materials passing through US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Ports of Entry (POE) is sought by the DHS S&T. Concerns for both materials and persons at these border crossings limit the type of inspection tools that can be used safely. Although current systems are capable of screening vehicles and large freight containers and conveyances, maintaining and running them can be expensive. Additional detection technologies that offer similar or improved material discrimination and object/anomaly detection are thus needed. Quantum Ventura Inc has partnered with Bodkin Design & Engineering (BDE) who are hyperspectral imaging specialists with over 3 decades of proven experience. We propose to develop and demonstrate a portable contraband detection system. Our solution employs a unique combination of hyperspectral imaging (HSI), Transient Infrared Emission Spectroscopy (TIRES) and high-performance neuromorphic processors and algorithms to provide a low power, real-time detection system with high accuracy and low false alarm rates. For Phase 1, we will conduct exhaustive trade studies, design a system capable of detecting opioids and simulate optical systems using tools like Zemax and predict performance. In Phase 2, we will build and demonstrate the imaging system and its ability to rapidly scan conveyances, cargo, or other complex surfaces, at standoff distances and at speed.

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