Remote Release Device for Marine Mammal Electronic Tags

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-11-C-0092
Agency Tracking Number: N09A-029-0370
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: N09-T029
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
Wildlife Computers, Inc.
8345 154th Ave NE, Redmond, WA, -
DUNS: 153929518
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Roger Hill
 President and Chief Engin
 (425) 881-3048
 tags@wildlifecomputers.com
Business Contact
 Melinda Holland
Title: CEO and Technical Directo
Phone: (425) 881-3048
Email: tags@wildlifecomputers.com
Research Institution
 Alaska Sealife Center
 Russel Andrews
 301 Railway Ave
Seward, AK, 99664-
 (907) 224-6344
 Domestic nonprofit research organization
Abstract
Wildlife Computers presents a remote release device for use with marine mammal data-logging tags proposed with three variations to suit cetaceans and large and small pinnipeds. The device uses innovative approaches such as ElectRelease epoxy for the releasing mechanism and an Argos-based signaling system. Preliminary testing of device components are reviewed in summary from Phase I efforts. Outlined plans for prototype production and bench, field, and animal tests are described in detail as focus of this Phase II technical proposal. Production and bench tests are intended to test not only design features but numerous production materials to keep device light, strong and ocean-worthy. Bench and field tests will simulate real-world environment interactions the release devices may be exposed to in addition to testing signaling ranges and release-reliability. Animal tests are proposed for northern fur seals and Steller sea lions with oversight by research affiliate Dr. Russel Andrews. A Phase II Option will explore production of the cetacean device and its testing on short-finned pilot whales.

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