Wide-Area Measurement of CWA/BWA Surface Contamination Using Gaseous Tracers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0029
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0390
Amount: $98,787.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-023
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
8203 W. Quinault Ave., Building C, Suite 200, Kennewick, WA, 99336
DUNS: 024131950
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Maresca, Jr.
 (509) 737-1377
Business Contact
 Phillip Ohl
Title: President
Phone: (509) 737-1377
Email: ohl@vistaengr.com
Research Institution
Vista Engineering Technologies will develop, demonstrate, and commercialize a novel tracer technology to rapidly detect and quantify the concentration of active and inactive CWA/BWA in a building following an attack. One or more interactive and conservative tracers are introduced into a room or the ductwork in a building, and the relative concentration of the sampled interactive and conservative tracers are used to detect and quantify agents present in the rooms, hallways, stairwells, and ductwork of the building. The technology will be faster and more accurate than the current state-of-the art approaches. First, the tracer gases will attain better and more complete coverage. The technology has the potential for interrogating the entire building, an entire floor, or an entire room from a single location, including the furniture, shelving/cabinets, and difficult-to-access areas. Second, the technology has an SNR advantage over other technologies (perhaps, 30 dB), because the noise is controlled, and the interactive tracer, not the threat agent itself, needs to be detected. The technology can be implemented as a contact sensor, a point sensor, and a remote sensor with standoff distances of the dimensions of a room, a floor, or the entire building.

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