Confined Space Monitoring

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8103-04-C-0134
Agency Tracking Number: F041-257-1073
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-257
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
DUNS: 879735579
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Art Crotzer
 Principal Investigator
 (405) 372-9535
Business Contact
 James Luby
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (405) 372-9535
Research Institution
Nomadics proposes development of a system consisting of an Entrant Safety Unit (ESU), carried by the worker, and an Attendant Interface Unit (AIU) stationed at the entrance to a confined space. The units are in constant communication through a wireless link. The ESU periodically determines if the worker is cognitively aware and, if not, notifies the AIU. Nomadics envisions a system that requires only a voice response or no worker response. The worker can also manually notify the AIU if necessary. The AIU notifies emergency personnel and identifies the location of the worker. The AIU raises an alarm if contact with the ESU is lost, the worker triggers an alarm, or the worker fails to pass a cognitive awareness test. The proposed system can significantly improve confined space inspections. For example, the system can collect for information gathered during an inspection. The gathered information can be reviewed by others either in real-time or post inspection. Such information could be audio commentary from the worker, still images, video, or other sensor data relating either to the confined space or to the worker. Nomadics will build on our extensive experience in sensor networks and wireless communications to develop the system.

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