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Fiber-Optic Excavation Monitoring Sensor System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 6913G622P800030
Agency Tracking Number: DOT-22-PH3-002
Amount: $149,997.17
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 22-PH3
Solicitation Number: 6913G622QSBIR1
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-06-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-12-19
Small Business Information
21041 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
United States
DUNS: 080921977
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chung-Yen Chao
 (310) 320-1827
Business Contact
 Frank Willis
Phone: (310) 320-1827
Research Institution

To address the DOT’s need for a new system to detect excavation damage and notify pipeline operators, Intellisense Systems, Inc., (Intellisense) proposes a new Fiber-Optic Excavation Monitoring Sensor (FOCOS) system based on phase-sensitive optical time-domain reflectometry (-OTDR), machine learning (ML) algorithms, and Internet of Things (IoT) communication. Specifically, the innovative implementation of -OTDR together with ML algorithms provides vibration detection with high spatial resolution, long sensing range, threat localization/classification, low false alarm rates, and immunity to electromagnetic interference. The novel integration of IoT communication and ruggedized design enables real-time alarm notification and reliability in harsh environments. In Phase I, Intellisense will design the FOCOS system, conduct modeling, and report details of design and requirements. We will demonstrate feasibility by developing and testing a benchtop prototype exceeding DOT’s requirements. In Phase II, Intellisense will improve the FOCOS design based on Phase I testing results and develop a functional prototype with full-scale testing. In addition, Intellisense will collaborate with industry partners to verify that the prototype can meet the performance goals. By the end of Phase II, we will deliver a mature working prototype to the DOT’s PHMSA and the full-scale test of the system, proving its capability to industry partners.

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