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Electronic Location Reporting for Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
R44HD066827
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
NICHD
Solicitation Number:
PA11-096
Small Business Information
INTELLISPEAK, LLC
PO Box 4209 LAWRENCE, KS -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Electronic Location Reporting for Individuals With Cognitive Disabilities
Agency: HHS
Contract: 2R44HD066827-02
Award Amount: $1,266,441.00
 

Abstract:

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The proposed effort is aimed at the development and evaluation of a wireless electronic location system for reporting the location of individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities, who may wander or elope. This is a very vexing and routine problem for caregivers, and sometimes results in physical and emotional danger to the individuals who may wander. The system consists of an innovative wearable electronic navigation unit, which reports the position of the individual continuously to the caregiver, both i indoor and outdoor locations, irrespective of GPS coverage. This unit is specially designed for addressing the complicated issue of arbitrary pedestrian motion in unstructured indoor and outdoor environments.The system can also be integrated with other community and national safety networks (such as Amber Alert), and can be valuable in quickly locating individuals in emergency situations. In Phase I, we evaluated a preliminary device in a focus group of parents, teachers, autism risk management professionals, and researchers. We gathered refined user requirements, usability recommendations, and information on additional desirable features, resulting in a refined hardware/software design. In Phase II, a refinedset of devices will be buil, and tested in larger user groups, and finally, in a wide scale pilot test program. Next, a final design will be generated, and a pilot fabrication run will be completed to verify that the design i ready for manufacturing at launch. A parallel (non-SBIR) effort is underway to build relationships with, and educate patient advocacy groups and user groups about this system, as part of the commercialization strategy. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Individuals with autism and othercognitive disabilities (such as Alzheimers) tend to wander or elope from their caregivers routinely. This is a very vexing problem for caregivers, and sometimes results in physical and emotional danger to the wandering individuals. The proposed electroniclocation reporting system consists of a wearable electronic navigation unit, which reports the position of the individual continuously to the caregiver, both in indoor and outdoor locations.

Principal Investigator:

Suman Saripalli
785-979-1116
suman.saripalli@kalscott.com

Business Contact:

Suman Saripalli
785-979-1116
suman.saripalli@kalscott.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

INTELLISPEAK, LLC
PO Box 4209 LAWRENCE, KS -

EIN/Tax ID: 120586146
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No