Technology Transfer SSC Pacific
Autonomous Remote Biohazard Surveillance System

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The U.S. Navy seeks to commercialize U.S. Patents 7,006,923 (Distributed biohazard surveillance system and apparatus for adaptive collection and particulate sampling) and 7,082,369 (Distributed biohazard surveillance system and apparatus for adaptive aerosol collection and synchronized particulate sampling).


The civilian population lives under ongoing threats from bioterrorism. These biological threats require greater sensor detection capabilities than current autonomous remote sensor technologies provide. Current sensor detecting systems require frequent servicing and are sensitive to temperature, humidity, light, and other environmental factors. SSC Pacific has invented a biohazard sensor system that requires less frequent servicing and is not sensitive to environmental factors.


SSC Pacific’s miniaturized remote system detects, analyzes, and reports the presence of biohazards using permanently deployed remote surveillance stations. Each station can operate independently and without human intervention for prolonged periods. The stations are capable of quickly detecting airborne biohazard particles without relying on, or being limited by, predetermined biohazard profiles. Moreover, the stations communicate with a central station and database, which allows for the determination of the point(s) of origin for the threat(s), their likely dissipation patterns, as well as the uploading of new threat profiles as appropriate.

Key Benefits

  • Open architecture for easy software integration and sensor fusion
  • Miniaturized remote autonomous sensors
  • Download biohazard profiles via radio
  • Upload biohazard profiles via cell phone
  • Operates autonomously and can be powered by solar, battery, fuel cell, etc.
  • Effective in all climatic extremes and can be made small enough to fit into a quart bottle
  • Development Status

  • U.S. Patents issued: 7,006,923, 7,082,369.
  • DoD 5000 Series Technology Readiness Level 2: Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • For more information on technology transfer, please contact us at (619) 5535118 or email
    SD 771, December 2007. SSC Pacific, San Diego, CA 921525001.  Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.

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    Updated: 11/8/2011 2:40 PM EST   Published