Timeline Phase 1: Evaluation of stand-alone sensor performance: Within 1 year Phase 2: Evaluation of hazardous material inspection system: Within 2 years (Evaluation of performance of sensor connected to the sampling system)
Financials To be discussed based on proposal
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High-sensitivity, High-speed Sensor for Detection of Hazardous Materials
NineSigma, representing a large global manufacturer, seeks sensors capable of high-sensitivity, high-speed inspection of explosives and/or illegal drugs in order to develop a fast-response hazardous material inspection system.
The Client is engaged in the development of high-throughput inspection systems for hazardous materials (explosives and/or illegal drugs), to be used at airports, etc. These inspection systems consist of a mechanism to collect particulate matters of explosives or drugs that are attached to inspection targets such as pieces of luggage or clothing, and a sensor to inspect the collected particulate matters. The development of a particulate matter collecting system has been completed, as has been the development of a high-speed, high-accuracy sensor for the detection mechanism. However, lower-cost sensors are needed for the development of less expensive versions of the system with priority given to the cost over the accuracy, intended for use in developing countries.
In light of the recent active research and development in sensing technologies for the purpose of terrorism and crime control, the Client sees potential in these activities that may help accelerate their own development endeavors and has therefore decided to make this RFP.
Key Success Criteria
The development of a sampling system for particulate matters of explosives or drugs that are attached onto inspection targets has been completed.
Details of particulate matter sampling device:
Outline of operation: The system shoots out compressed air onto the inspection target and traps target particulate matters inside the system; the deposited particulate matters is then vaporized by heat
Structure: See figure on the bottom
Explosives or illegal drugs collected in the particulate matter sampling device
Diagram of hazardous material inspection system
Sensor technology requirements
The Client seeks sensors or technologies for the measurement of either one or both of A and B below:
Targets and minimum limit of detection (preferably be able to handle all of the following):
TNT: 10 ng
TATP: 100 ng
RDX: 10 ng
B) Illegal drugs:
Targets and minimum limit of detection:
Marijuana: 100 ng
Stimulants: 10 ng
Common requirements for A and B:
Detection rates: 2 seconds or faster
Size (volume): ≤0.1 m3
Weight: ≤60 kg
Cost (selling price): Preferably ≤40 thousand dollars per unit
It is not necessary for all the above-listed requirements to be met at this point; proposals are welcome if there is a good chance of meeting them through another year or so of further development.
Preferably able to provide the Client a prototype within 1 year
A wide range of approaches are welcome from single- or multiple-sensor unit devices to measuring instruments of different kinds. The Client expects the use of measurement principles such as the following, but is open to others:
Ion mobility spectrometry
Fluorescence quenching detection
Raman scattering spectroscopy
Items to be Submitted
Please include the following items in your proposal:
Characteristics, principle, and uniqueness of the technology
Development stage: concept level, technology currently being established, or implemented for practical use
Measuring object(s) and minimum limit of detection
Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.
The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.
Overall scientific and technical merit
Approach to proof of concept or performance
Economic potential of concept
Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
Potential for proprietary position
Respondents’ capability and related experiences
Anticipated Project Process
After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.
The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.