Optical Stand-Off Detection of Explosive Residue

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-06-C-0038
Agency Tracking Number: A052-038-3577
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: A05-038
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
2571-A Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY, 10309
DUNS: 088156708
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Arel Weisberg
 Program Manager
 (718) 608-0935
Business Contact
 Robert De Saro
Title: President
Phone: (718) 608-8788
Email: rdesaro@er-co.com
Research Institution
Energy Research Company (ERCo) proposes the development of a novel and highly powerful sensor technology for detecting films and residues of explosive materials. This sensor will enable the detection of improvised explosive devices (IED's), car bombs, and other weapons being used against U.S. and allied forces and local civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. By optically scanning surfaces that the bomber has likely touched, for example, car door handles and window sills, from distances as far as 10's of meters away, the sensor will detect explosive residues in a safe and discreet fashion. Given the persistent threat of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad, ERCo sees significant commercial opportunity from the development if this sensor. Following successful development of the sensor under the SBIR program, ERCo will manufacture and market the final system to security agencies for remote detection of IED's and other explosive devices at airports, chemical plants, and other potential terrorist targets. Experimental feasibility of ERCo's concept has been proven in the lab. In Phase I, we will extend these preliminary results to accurately gauge the system's operating envelope.

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