INSU Phase II.5"IntelliPenny"Development

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: N051-011-0018a
Amount: $749,944.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: N05-011
Solitcitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
International Electronic Machines
850 River St., Troy, NY, -
Duns: 188282131
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Zack Mian
 (518) 268-1636
Business Contact
 Robert Foss
Title: Director of R&D
Phone: (518) 268-1636
Research Institution
In support of the H53-K"s CBM/SHM initiative under SBIR topic N05-011, IEM"s INSU (Integrated Networked Sensor Units) system demonstrated the ability to detect and track strains in laboratory components at high rates of speed, store them onboard or transmit them wirelessly. This has included the demonstration of an innovative high-speed sensor networking architecture for wireless sensor nodes, an ultra low power 2-D strain gauge, and prototypes of power harvesting devices. The INSUs offer considerable flexibility through modularity (e.g., swapping out sensor boards while retaining the main sensor core). NAVAIR, through PMA-261, indicated that similar capability was very much desired at a smaller form factor. In this Phase II.5 activity, IEM will develop the"IntelliPenny"sensor node, a literal penny-sized sensor node which will sacrifice the flexibility to focus on CBM strain monitoring exclusively, but retain the other key features of the INSU node. The IntelliPenny will incorporate a power harvesting or simple, robust wireless recharging method to eliminate the need for maintenance on these devices, which will record data in flight at high speed to detect both long-term and transient strain on rotorcraft components and transmit it only after landing to a central HUMS data collection system.

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