Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2016-11-04
A method for forming a sensing system responsive to a wavefield of acoustic or seismic signals. One embodiment includes providing a foil layer having first and second opposing surfaces and piezoelectric properties. The foil layer, configured as a sheet, is positioned about a frame surface which provides the foil layer a stable shape while permitting the sheet configuration of the foil layer to be responsive to a wavefield of seismic or acoustic energy. Coupling between the foil layer and the frame is so limited as to render direct coupling of the foil layer with signals of the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with seismic energy.
Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2016-11-04
A sensing system responsive to a wavefield of acoustic or seismic signals. In one embodiment, the system includes a frame having a surface of tubular shape about which a layer of piezoelectric material can be positioned to extend along a first direction. A piezoelectric element is positioned under tension to apply a force against the frame, which tension increases signal response of the element.
Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2015-05-18
A sensor system responsive to acoustic or seismic signals. One system includes a frame and a piezo-electric sensor element. The sensor element, responsive to a wavefield of seismic or acoustic energy, is positioned about the frame. Coupling between the sensor element and the frame is so limited as to render direct coupling of the sensor element with the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with seismic energy. Another system includes a frame and a cable element, responsive to a seismic or acoustic wavefield, extending about the frame. Coupling between the cable element and frame is so limited as to render direct coupling of the sensor element with the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with acoustic or seismic energy. The element may be coaxial cable or have piezo-electric properties to generate a charge differential measurable as a voltage between conductors.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.96K | Year: 2015
ABSTRACT:Quantum Technology Sciences (Quantums) goal for this project is to develop a preliminary Line of Detection (LOD) sensor system design based on proprietary technology using a seismic-acoustic linear transducer cable sensor that will meet all relevant system requirements. The three technical objectives that support achieving this goal are: 1) Document all requirements necessary to complete the Phase I system design; 2) Design a practical linear sensor system to meet or exceed relevant requirements; and 3) Conduct a study that determines the designs feasibility, describes expected performance against requirements, and recommends a preliminary design as the starting point for Phase II. The objectives will be accomplished in six tasks over the 9-month period of performance. Over the past decade, Quantum has developed a family of seismic-acoustic sensor systems for security monitoring and surveillance for both government and commercial applications. However, these systems were designed to detect and classify specific sources of interest (humans on foot, land vehicles, motorized boats, underground tunnel activity) at significant distances from the sensor. Experiments from 2004 to 2007 with the linear transducer cable showed that an electronic tripwire sensor is very feasible. Quantums Phase I work provide a complete system design for demonstration in Phase II. BENEFIT:A narrow width LOD system will complete Quantums first family of commercial security monitoring and surveillance seismic-acoustic sensor systems. The other three systems in the family are focused on expanding the awareness zone around an asset or beyond a perimeter. Their value is in detecting, classifying, locating, and reporting potential intruders well before they reach the perimeter fence or wall, so security teams can respond proactively to prevent an intrusion from occurring. The LOD sensor system called for in the AF151-074 topic is exactly the kind of system Quantum would like to design, develop, build, test, demonstrate, and then begin transitioning into its commercial line of systems. Having a very narrow electronic tripwire system to complement Quantums current beyond-the-perimeter systems will offer commercial and government customers more options for security systems for their physical security applications. Projected revenue estimates are that Quantum LOD systems in Phase III could contribute up to 10% ($4M) of the revenue in calendar year 2018 and grow from there.
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 751.42K | Year: 2016
monitoring sectors that require sanitary water for consumption or whose processes affect water and need a sensor to ensure proper contamination monitoring and abatement. Key Words: Water quality, management, sensor, wireless, low cost, deployable, integrated, multi sensing, heavy metals, RCRA 8, imprinted polymer.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 727.24K | Year: 2011
The development of a seismic-acoustic wireless multi-sensor arrays system that can automatically detect ordnance rounds impacting the ground, classify them as high-order, low-order, or dud/UXO, and locate the impact site to within 2 meters will provide the DoD a new strategic approach to the massive problem of UXO cleanup of impact areas on ordnance testing and training impact ranges. The technical objective of this project is to build, integrate, test, and evaluate a complete prototype system based on the optimal design concept described in the Phase I Technical Report. The prototype will accurately assess and document mortar and artillery round impacts at two active range demonstration sites. Successful criteria for impact assessment, location, and data archival systems are: (a) at least 95% of rounds fired into the impact area are detected and classified as high-order, low-order, or dud/UXO; and (b) of those impacts successfully detected and classified, 90% are located to an accuracy of 2 meters or less from the ground truth impact spot, and 100% are located to an accuracy of 10 meters or less. The period of performance is 23 months, after which the proven prototype design will be transitioned to an operational production design for Phase III.
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.67K | Year: 2015
Persistently monitoring of process facilities by recording seismo-acoustic S-A) data over the long- term naturally results in very large quantities of data. After converting the data into more useable forms, skilled analysts must spend time systematically perusing all data for signals of interest, requiring a large investment of labor hours. Furthermore, manual analysis also makes it difficult to report the results in a timely manner. Quantums overall goal for Phase I is to demonstrate the ability to correlate signature features with processes of interest using collected data sets. Quantums ultimate goal in Phase II is to devise a set of algorithms and software that will automatically extract the uniquely identifiable feature, or group of features, from collected data to discover the specified processes of interest with high confidence. For Phase I, the objectives are: 1) understand the nature of the S-A signals associated with the processes of interest, and obtain the collected data sets to be used; 2) Analyze collected data to identify unique signature features indicative of the processes of interest; and 3) demonstrate the ability to correlate signature features with processes of interest, and draft a preliminary Software Design Document for the types of algorithms that will need to be developed in the Phase II effort. The key to a successful Phase I effort is the analytical skill and years of experience Quantums scientists have at actively extracting distinguishing features from a variety of S-A signatures to develop classification algorithms used in the S-A sensors Quantum produces. For example, Quantum desires to develop a capability to monitor oil and gas pipelines for S-A events such as detecting new leaks, validating operational changes, and alerting authorities to human tampering. Quantum is producing S-A sensor systems for the commercial security monitoring and surveillance markets. If successfully carried over into Phase II, the new automated algorithms developed for DOE will expand Quantums product offerings for government and commercial applications. Devising feature extraction algorithms will broaden the scope of the types of S-A signals Quantum systems can automatically detect, classify, and report. The methods and techniques used to extract signature features of processes of interest in this project will translate into improved classification algorithms in new areas of security monitoring and surveillance.
Quantum Technology Sciences, Inc. | Date: 2015-04-30
Security products, namely, a system of electric or electronic sensors for detecting movement, direction and motion for situational awareness, intrusion detection, and security purposes.
News Article | June 18, 2014
Quantum Technology Sciences, a Cocoa Beach, Fla.-based provider of intrusion detection and movement monitoring solutions designed for securing energy assets, closed $4.4m Series A funding round. Backers included Bud Brigham of Anthem Ventures, Jim Farnsworth, chief exploration officer with Cobalt International Energy, Infinity Oil & Gas, and Texas-based investment firm McNair Group. The company intends to use the funds for technology commercialization and the initial product platform’s market launch. Founded in 1991 and led by CEO Mark Tinker, PhD, Quantum designs and sells in-ground security solutions to safeguard highly valued assets, critical infrastructure, borders, and perimeters. The company offers a security solution capable of using a single concealed sensor to maintain an awareness perimeter where potential threats on land, underground, in the air and in the water are detected, tracked, and classified in real-time. Quantum has served as the prime contractor for Phase III development and maintenance of the U.S. National Data Center, the Air Force system that provides national authorities quality technical analysis to monitor Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty compliance and other government organizations.