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BIOSwimmer: In-Liquid Inspection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D15PC00191
Agency Tracking Number: FY09.1-H-SB09.1-007-0001-CRPP
Amount: $199,999.48
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB09.1-007
Solicitation Number: FY2015 CRPP
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-08-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-08-10
Small Business Information
300 Bear Hill Road
Waltham, MA 02451-1096
United States
DUNS: 005313494
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Michael Rufo
 Principal/Principal Investigator
 (781) 314-0723
Business Contact
 Mark Smithers
Title: COO
Phone: (781) 314-0714
Research Institution

In support of the Department of Homeland Securitys continued efforts to lead the unified national effort to secure our nation, Boston Engineering has
developed the BIOSwimmer UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicle). This technology, developed under SBIR (Phase I and Phase II), is focused on
providing a solution to searching, inspecting, and operating in challenging and constricted underwater areas in order to support the pressing yet unique
missions that act to prevent and deter terrorist attacks, ensure safe and secure borders, and support lawful immigration, all while not impeding the free
flow of commerce. BIOSwimmer is a novel, biologically-inspired UUV that can rapidly provide actionable intelligence in many maritime applications.
It is currently focused on port operations that look for contraband or other dangerous items on ship hulls. It has many advantages, including being able
to scan a ship 80 percent faster than an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), at 50 percent of the cost of a dive team, and with required training expected
to be under 1 week for a port officer/user. We estimate that port security is enhanced by BIOSwimmers ability to inspect an additional 20 percent of a
ship versus competitive Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), scan three times the number of ships in a harbor in a given 8 hour shift vs. an ROV,
and provide ease of use (such as launching in under 5 minutes from a location of convenience).

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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