Intelligent In-Line Power Disconnect System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-13-C-00032
Agency Tracking Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-005-0009-I
Amount: $99,917.59
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2013
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB013.1-005
Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-13-R-00009
Small Business Information
4970 Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Huntsville, AL, 35805-6230
DUNS: 809202018
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Robert Henderson
 VP Systems Integration
 (256) 489-9723
 robert.henderson@is4s.com
Business Contact
 Ryan Hill
Title: Research engineer
Phone: (256) 975-5791
Email: ryan.hill@is4s.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This proposal is for an intelligent, in-line, power disconnect system (I2P) which is directly applicable to existing power line infrastructure. It requires no interruption in utility service for installation. The proposed connection would be coupled with strain sensing gauges and an array of sensors to facilitate gathering of real-time usage statistics, and assist in determining locations of downed utility lines. We intend to study several types of disconnection method and appraise each on its merits, and from the analysis select the most appropriate disengagement and reattachment method from cost, reliability, complexity, and overall savings. Our proposed electronics suite will monitor live loading conditions, and implement OTAR encryption to prevent sensitive data loss. At current no system has been fielded that gracefully degrades under catastrophic loading conditions. However, components of such a system are in widespread usage; hence, its Technology Readiness Level (TRL) prior to Phase I is appraised at 2.

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