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ChemImage to Develop System for Screening Vehicles for Explosives

August 13, 2012
By George Seffers

ChemImage Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, recently announced that the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command awarded the company an $811,000 contract for integrating its real-time sensor technology used for standoff detection of explosives into a multi-sensor vehicle screening system. The comprehensive screening system is currently being designed to screen vehicles for explosives. ChemImage Corporation, in conjunction with other detection sensor developers, is working to design a system that will allow military personnel to detect vehicle-borne threats from a safe distance.

Oklahoma State to Provide Sensor Technology for Warfighters

July 25, 2012
By George Seffers

Oklahoma State University/University Multispectral Laboratory, Ponca City, Oklahoma, is being awarded a $13,639,889 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed fee, performance-based contract to provide services that bring together research, practical application, and the integration of hardware and software to execute testing and evaluation of sensors and related technologies to fulfill warfighter requirements. This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to an estimated $49 million. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, South Carolina, is the contracting activity.

Cool App-titude: Sensor Kinetics for Android

July 17, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

Have you ever wanted to delve a little deeper into your smartphone? With the new Sensor Kinetics app, Android owners can test and monitor all the standard sensors available in their devices.

Army Procures Portable Surveillance and Reconnaissance Sensor Systems

March 22, 2011
By George Seffers


Manufacturing Techniques Incorporated, Kilmarnock, Virginia, was awarded a $20 million contract to provide 111 Cerberus lite portable surveillance and reconnaissance sensor systems. The U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Woolpert to Investigate Improved Data Collection Rates

December 21, 2010
By George Seffers

Woolpert Incorporated, Dayton, Ohio, was recently awarded a nearly $15 million contract to provide for the investigation of capability enhancements, including higher-flying platforms, improved imagery resolution and accuracy, improved processing and sensor payloads for improved collection rates. Work is to be performed in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia, and in Afghanistan. The U.S. Army Geospatial Center, Contracting Office, Alexandria, is the contracting activity.

URS Federal to Support Submarine Technologies

December 1, 2010
By George Seffers

URS Federal Technical Services, Germantown, Maryland, is being awarded a nearly $14 million contract to provide professional support services in support of submarine towed array systems, associated component systems and hull sensor systems. This contract will include services in the areas of program analysis, development, control and monitoring, administration, communication, human resources, business, finance, cost estimating, technical and engineering support, information technology and lifecycle support. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity.

Georgia Tech Receives Nearly $15 Million Sensors and Countermeasures Contract

September 24, 2010
By George Seffers

Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, was awarded a nearly $15 million contract for the Advanced Airlift Tactics and Training Center sensor/countermeasures engineering and training. The U.S. Air Force 55th Contracting Squadron, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, is the contracting activity.

Infrared Sensor Designers Go to The Well

August 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

A different approach to focal plane array technology is leading to better and less expensive infrared sensors for a broad range of applications. For users in the battlespace, this development will mean higher resolution images in systems that require less maintenance even in demanding conditions.

Army Plans Swat Teams Of Mechanical Bugs

August 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

When the U.S. Army needs to determine if an area on the battlefield is safe or is threatened by hidden menaces, it may be calling on its own custom-made mosquito air force to probe the area and report back to headquarters. Army researchers are developing life-size robotic sensor platforms based on small flying insects.

A Sensor In Every Pocket

August 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are a phase closer to putting chemical detectors into the hands of everyone who wants them. Developers have finished demonstrating a miniaturized sensor that can fit into the now-omnipresent personal cell phone. Early testing shows promise for small, inexpensive technology, and over the next year or so project personnel plan to test its real-world application. The cell phone platform would enable crowd sourcing to reduce false positive readings, and it would support instant alerts that would send out timely notifications. The goal of developers is to improve public safety, enhance homeland security and ultimately save lives. In this next round of development, researchers with the program have to figure out how the network will support the technology and determine whether applications that seem strong in the laboratory will function in the field.


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