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Intelligent Optical Nerves for Precision Agriculture

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2023-00951
Agency Tracking Number: 2023-00951
Amount: $174,962.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: USDA-NIFA-SBIR-009301
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-02-29
Small Business Information
4425 Fortran Drive
San Jose, CA 95134-2300
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Black
 (408) 565-9000
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Research Institution

FIELD 7: PROJECT SUMMARY / ABSTRACTProject Title: Intelligent Optical Nerves for Precision AgricultureDynamic micro-environmental monitoring has the potential to be a key precision horticulturalcapability for increasing production and quality of crops in the tightly controlled environments ofgreenhouses while increasing the overall energy efficiency of production. IFOS proposes ascalable multi-functional distributed fiber-optic sensor network for precision greenhousemonitoring applications. In IFOS' innovative approach a single optical interrogator can beconfigured to support up to thousands of sensors distributed on tens of optical fibers with tens tohundreds of sensors along each fiber. This project will develop a network for multi-pointmeasurement of air temperature and humidity. In Phase I IFOS will demonstrate the feasibility ofperforming quasi-distributed temperature sensing with sub-degrees-Celsius resolution andhumidity measurement using an innovative sensor configuration. In Phase II IFOS willdemonstrate a full-scale system in a greenhouse and validate the system's measurements againstconventional temperature and humidity sensors. A key focus of the IFOS program will beestablishing the expected increase in productivity as a function of the number of sensor points. Theresulting product will increase agricultural efficiency and yield across a variety of horticulturalapplications improving the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture and horticulture while reducingenergy use. The IFOS technology will also enable next-generation horticulture systems includingvertical gardens and fully automated greenhouses.

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