Optimized Taggant Delivery Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: N/A
Contract: FA8650-11-M-3140
Agency Tracking Number: F112-002-1915
Amount: $149,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: AF112-002
Solicitation Number: 2011.2
Small Business Information
12725 SW Millikan Way, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR, -
DUNS: 124348652
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Barsic
 Senior Engineer
 (971) 223-5646
Business Contact
 George Williams
Title: President
Phone: (971) 223-5646
Email: georgew@voxtel-inc.com
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL) using optical taggants is a powerful tool for locating modern military threats. While many taggant delivery systems have been conceived, few are practical. Large surface-to-volume ratios make nanoparticles difficult to work with as they tend to agglomerate. Moreover, the oily ligands used in nanoparticle synthesis are not compatible with the range of solvents, binders, and additives that comprise a taggant and allow it to be stored and dispersed. When deployed on a target they must be imperceptible and, applied in sufficiently high density, they must be detectable. An optimized taggant system will demonstrate delivery by dry propellant-, aerosol-, paint-, and water-based media in a custom-designed, small-sized system mounted on a remotely piloted vehicle (RPV). Using end-to-end system models the requisite taggant density and area covered will be determined for candidate standoff ranges. Using an RPV-based delivery system, the optimized taggants will be demonstrated in the field. A radiometrically calibrated laser and near-infrared LIDAR detection system will be used to assess the performance of the system. This data will be used in Phase II to optimize a delivery system and to demonstrate that system in government-sponsored field tests. BENEFIT: The needs satisfied by the proposed taggants and taggant delivery systems: Tagging, Tracking, and Locating (TTL), Combat Identification (CID), Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF), Materiel Control and Tracking, Access Control, and others. Commercial applications include security inks, anti-counterfeiting of luxury items (watches, etc), lottery tickets, and tax stamps.

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