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A Tricorder for Vegetation - Next Generation Field Sensors

Request Number REQ9239526
Due Date July 11, 2014
Author David Feitler
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
A Tricorder for Vegetation - Next Generation Field Sensors
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing A Global Supplier of Test Equipment, invites proposals for sensors capable of field measurements of in situ vegetation for contaminants and constituents.

Background

 

Rapid assessment of constituents and contaminants of herbaceous materials under field conditions is useful for farmer, botanists, and inspectors alike. Advances in sensor technology may not permit the construction of the fabled Star-Trek device, but how close can we come? What can we do today?

 

Key Success Criteria

The successful technologies will:

  • Quantify one or more nutritional components
    • Protein, Carbohydrates, Water, Vitamins and minerals
  • Provide a qualitative response for contaminants;
    • Molds, bacteria, toxins, heavy metals;
  • Quantify state of development or ripeness
    • Measure ratios of low molecular weight compounds that characterize development
  • Reduce effort for determining characteristics of harvested materials
    • Moisture determination
    • Bulk Density
    • Particle size/shape
  • Be Standoff or probe mounted

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • For bulk density-ultrasound, radio reflection technologies, or other electronic sensor technologies
  • For pressure or resistance to motion, Piezo sensors, timers, vibration sensors
  • For chemical composition, mold and contamination, electronic noises
  • CCD (charged coupled detectors) coupled with NIR sources

 

Approaches not of interest

The following approaches are not of interest:

  • Chemical testing (wet or dry)
  • Sampling
  • Devices using radiation or other technologies requiring certification or licensing of the operators

 

Preferred Collaboration types
  • Joint Development
  • Contract Research
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Acquisition
  • Supply Agreement
Items to be submitted

To respond, use the Response options at the bottom of the page, which are only available when registered and logged into the NineSights Innovation Community. Other Request information includes:

 

ANTICIPATED PROJECT PHASES OR PROJECT PLAN 
Phase 1 – Evaluation of sensor under laboratory conditions 
Phase 2 – Prototype development for field-testing 
 
CRITERIA FOR MOVING FROM PHASE 1 TO PHASE 2 
Successful and competition leading performance in lab testing and good prospects for acceptable pricing 
 
APPROPRIATE RESPONDERS TO THIS REQUEST 
Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, entrepreneurs, or inventors are welcome.  For Example: 

 
You represent a company with an existing line of ultrasonic density probes 
Or 
You are an academic researcher with a leading edge sensor for contaminants found in organic materials 
Or 
Your represent an organization with prototype CCD/NIR pairs and evidence for application to vegetation

 

Some items that will be especially important to present in your response are:

  • What organic material property your sensor measures and the operating range
  • The basic operating principle of your sensor
  • The present and target size of your sensor
  • Commercial Status of your device- in production, production prototype, breadboard, etc.
  • Does your sensor work best as part of an insertion probe or can it be used in a standoff mode?

Area of Interest
  • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Electronics & Electronic Components
  • Process Control
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