Thermal Infrared Detection of Aerosolized Bacterial Spores

Period of Performance: 06/01/2016 - 11/30/2017

$999K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Mesh, Inc.
114 Barnsley Road Array
Oxford, PA 19363
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Protection of fixed sites from biological or chemical (CB) aerosol plume attacks depends on early warning and confirmatory evidence to provide time and information to take the appropriate mitigating actions. An effective sensing system requires continuous, autonomous, and rapid coverage of large surrounding areas. Most qualitative CB sensors used for identification purposes are too expensive or too slow to deploy in the quantities needed for continuous coverage of an area large enough to provide sufficient monitoring. This second Phase II effort is directed at lowering the cost of deploying aerosolized bacterial spore protection, evaluate polarization technical requirements to determine optimum camera modifications to increase detection capabilities and determine manufacturing best practices to reduce camera production costs.