A Personal Health and Fitness Wizard

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: DAAD17-01-C-0031
Agency Tracking Number: O002-0336
Amount: $99,994.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
101 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls, MA, 01376
DUNS: 621127018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Beaubien
 (413) 863-0200
Business Contact
 Arfthur Beaubien
Title: Treasurer
Phone: (413) 863-0200
Email: afb@yesinc.com
Research Institution
A multi-level web-connected network of meteorological sensors has the potential to gather environmental data in real time while automatically disseminating information to all echelons of military personnel. We discuss the design of a distributed, wirelesssurface meteorological data collection and dissemination network based on field-proven technology already in widespread use in government environmental weather collection networks. The multi-level sensors nodes described offer different levels offunctionality and cost and should meet the performance and goals listed in the solicitation.Precise knowledge of current and near term weather parameters is critical to most military planning activities and represents a key strategic advantage over anenemy. Recent internet-driven increases in networking technology have provided a platform for wide area data collection, analysis and dissemination. While this new paradigm has dramatically increased our ability to leverage meteorological data to ouradvantage, basic surface meteorological sensor technology has not kept pace. Expendable sub-nodes will make pressure, air/soil temperature, humidity and precipitation, while central nodes will add upper air wind measurements via a NIR Doppler lidar system,while providing data quality control and optimizing bandwidth. Breadboard testing we will address several problems that plague traditional meteorological measurements, for example the aspiration of temperature and humidity sensors.Surface meteorologicalmeasurements are made at literally hundreds of thousands of locations throughout the world. A large market exists for automatic weather stations to serve the needs of not only the DOD, but also markets serving agricultural production, pollution compliance,and energy management. The commercial potential from the government market alone would justify this project. The proposed technology addresses typical problems associated with conventional surface weather sensors and therefore should be readily accepted bythe meteorological marketplace. As an established commercial manufacturer of meteorological instrumentation, YES would add the technology to our existing product line.

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