Field Collection and Analysis of Forensics and Biometric Evidence Associated with IEDs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-06-C-0075
Agency Tracking Number: N042-901-0664
Amount: $1,739,810.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-901
Solicitation Number: 2004.2
Small Business Information
1024 S. Innovation Way, Stillwater, OK, 74074
DUNS: 188613918
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Fisher
 Principal Investigator
 (405) 372-9535
Business Contact
 Jim Luby
Title: Chief Operations Officer
Phone: (405) 372-9535
Research Institution
The goal of this work is the development of technology for detecting trace levels of explosives as an aid to force protection and for acquisition of forensic evidence. In Phase I of this effort we demonstrated that personnel involved in the manufacture, storage, deployment, and triggering of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are likely to be contaminated with trace amounts of explosive residue and showed the effectiveness of using the Nomadics Fido sensor and related sample collection techniques as a useful tool to screen for these individuals. Under the proposed Phase II effort, Nomadics will continue to improve and refine the Fido sample collection methodology and perform additional tests to enhance confidence in the technology. Following a series of field trials, we propose to deploy the system with end users in-theatre for operational assessment. The following activities are proposed: 1) Work with end-users to determine system requirements, 2) Improve the preconcentrator and sample desorber, 3) Explore improved sample collection media, 4) Refine the sampling protocols, 5) Conduct further investigations of advanced forensics applications, 6) Investigate the feasibility of developing a portable personnel screening portal, 7) Develop system documentation, user’s manual, and conops.

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