Integrating Electronic Sensors into Ballistic Protective Gear (1000-097)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-08-C-0353
Agency Tracking Number: A062-089-0113
Amount: $749,988.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-089
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
SI2 TECHNOLOGIES
267 Boston Road, North Billerica, MA, 01862
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Steven Zelubowski
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 495-5300
 szelubowski@si2technologies.com
Business Contact
 Joseph Kunze
Title: President
Phone: (978) 495-5300
Email: jkunze@si2technologies.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
SI2 Technologies, Inc. (SI2) proposes to develop and implement a sensor system, which can be integrated into ballistic protective gear, such as the military’s Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH). The sensor system will be able to detect and monitor the environment for events which may lead to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Today’s methods of monitoring include external sensors which are bulky and add significant weight to the helmet system. Our approach integrates the sensors with the ballistic composite material to eliminate the parasitic weight of the electronics packaging. In addition, the electronics become integral with the helmet so that it is not a bulky device relying on proper attachment and positioning. In this way, a greater number of sensors can be placed within the helmet to accurately monitor events which may lead to TBI. These advancements are made possible through SI2’s novel Direct Write and Laser Transfer conformal electronics manufacturing technologies which can integrate circuitry and conventional semiconductor devices with curved composite materials. These technologies offer the potential to integrate sensor systems with the helmet to aid in developing more efficient protection and eventually help diagnose when TBI occurs.

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