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Smartphone Water Quality Monitoring Platform for Increasing Public Engagement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: NA21OAR0210497
Agency Tracking Number: 2943711
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 9.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-OAR-OAR-TPO-2021-2006702
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-09-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-02-28
Small Business Information
3641 N Cederblom St
Coeur D Alene, ID 83815
United States
DUNS: 124409108
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Ross Thomas
 (720) 841-7852
Business Contact
 Ross Thomas
Title: President
Phone: (720) 841-7852
Research Institution

This Small Business Innovation Research project addresses the development of a new
smartphone enabled water quality monitoring data platform supporting NOAA’s mandate to maximize pathways for the public to engage with environmental research and monitoring applications. For example, NOAA has a rich history of Citizen Scientist involvement in the pursuit of the best social, economic and environmental outcomes. There is a growing need, however, for new advancements in data platforms focused on water quality monitoring activities that are a fraction of the cost, widely available and, most of all, easy to operate with the level of understanding commensurate with a lay person. Phase I R&D efforts will focus on developing:
(1) quantitative water test strips using fortified standards; (2) smartphone app consisting of
automated data acquisition and analysis algorithms; (3) relational database employing AI-based scrubbing methods. Phase I R&D efforts will also focus on completing a pilot study with Citizen Scientists to help optimize the end-user application of the proposed technology. Successfully completing the proposed project will provide a new pathway for growing workforce NOAA’s proficiency and water pollution management operations via an expanding number of American civilians interested in helping protect coastal lagoons, deltas, estuaries and bays.

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