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Ultra Portable Ride Quality Meter

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-08-C-10053
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-08-C-10053
Amount: $300,175.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 06-FR3
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-09-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2010-09-10
Small Business Information
21536 Iredell Terrace
Ashburn, VA 20148-5032
United States
DUNS: 03094038
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Robert Borgovini
 (703) 946-8961
Business Contact
 Treasa Parakkat
Title: President
Phone: (703) 946-8961
Research Institution

The Ultra Portable Ride Quality Meter (UPRQM) is a cost-effective, flexible tool that can evolve (with minimal effort) as new GPS and accelerometer devices become commercially available. Each generation of these sensor devices is more responsive, more sensitive, and more accurate than the last generation. The time between generations is also decreasing such that accelerometer and GPS technology becomes outdated in just a matter of months. dFuzion understands how easily technology can become obsolete, and has therefore designed a flexible custom software that can adapt to emerging technology with minimal effort. dFuzion's UPRQM consists of a COTS GPS, a COTS accelerometer, and custom control software. In the Phase I effort, dFuzion developed a prototype UPRQM that integrated the most technologically advanced COTS GPS device and accelerometers available. In Phase II, dFuzion will advance the Phase I prototype to a fully functioning production UPRQM. The UPRQM will allow railroad inspectors to collect, monitor, and analyze ride quality data that is geo-spatially correlated. The inspectors can then make safety and maintenance recommendations (backed by scientific data) to ensure that the train and track are protected.

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