Gated Metal Oxide Sensors for Human Detection

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC070147
Agency Tracking Number: 0612003
Amount: $749,947.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB06.1-005
Solicitation Number: FY06.1
Small Business Information
3006 Longhorn Blvd., Ste. 107, Austin, TX, 78758-7631
DUNS: 013475129
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 James Novak
 Sr. Scientist
 (512) 339-5020
Business Contact
 Richard Fink
Title: VP, Engineering
Phone: (512) 339-5020
Research Institution
An essential component of an Advanced Container Security Device (ACSD) system is a low cost, low power, chemical sensor that reliably detects humans hiding in cargo shipping containers. In a Phase I SBIR effort to address this need, Applied Nanotech, Inc. (ANI) has developed a solid state sensor to detect changes in oxygen and carbon dioxide levels that occur due to human respiration. ANI has established proof of concept that the technology is sufficiently sensitive to enable rapid, accurate, and reliable detection of humans in a closed container. Building on the Phase I technical results ANI will focus Phase II development efforts on producing a fully qualified, low-cost, low power human detection sensor. A significant portion of the Phase II effort will involve application testing of the human detection sensor with strategic development partners that develop or use ACSD technologies. ANI will design and fabricate sensor modules specific to each of its development partner's electrical, mechanical and communications interface requirements. The feedback from field testing will be combined with data from laboratory testing to establish functionality and resilience to harsh environments in which intermodal shipping containers operate.

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