Confined Space Monitoring

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,997.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8103-04-C-0134
Agency Tracking Number:
F041-257-1073
Solicitation Year:
2004
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF04-257
Solicitation Number:
2004.1
Small Business Information
NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
879735579
Principal Investigator:
Art Crotzer
Principal Investigator
(405) 372-9535
acrotzer@nomadics.com
Business Contact:
James Luby
Chief Operating Officer
(405) 372-9535
jluby@nomadics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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