Adelos Inc. was recently awarded a Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract from the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. Valued at just under $2.5 million, the funding will facilitate the transitioning of technology utilized in the Adelos Strategic Area Intrusion Detection System (ASAIDS) for use by the Air Force. The system provides situational awareness and early warning/intrusion detection capabilities and may be deployed at Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facilities.
Adelos’ ASAIDS technology uses fiber-optics to measure a variety of surface, subsurface, and airborne phenomena. The system detects very subtle changes in pressure as acoustic sound waves interfere with light in the fiber. Teamed with dynamic signal processing and a rich range of analytical detection and classification algorithms, the interference data is converted into actionable information.
Rapid Innovation Fund contracts are difficult to acquire. The program is designed to transition innovative technologies, primarily from small businesses, which can be rapidly inserted into acquisition programs that meet speciﬁc defense needs. Adelos will begin by conducting a 24-month validation exercise to demonstrate that Adelos’ fiber optic acoustic sensor data can be used in real-time to detect, classify, and localize security threats.
“Our Adelos technology is the third iteration of the product, with predecessors being installed and tested at Idaho National Laboratory and the U.S. Navy in Keyport, Washington,” said Scott Colton, Adelos, Inc. CEO. “We’re also happy to have the unit manufactured locally by another small business, S&K Electronics, Inc., one of our original partners on the project.”
The Adelos technology has many other applications, in particular in the oil and gas industry. “Oil field fracking is a great example,” said Mr. Colton. “Adelos can be deployed as a low-cost acoustic sensor inside a well where the fiber-optic cable interrogates downhole conditions and dynamics. The system provides real-time, location-specific information on changes to reservoir oil, gas, or water pressures.”
Adelos, Inc. is part of the S&K Technologies, Inc. family of companies. S&K Technologies is a federally chartered Native American corporation owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, headquartered in Montana. It is one of the most successful tribally owned technology companies in the United States. Adelos has assembled a world-class engineering and management team that works closely with the U.S. Navy, Idaho National Laboratory, and other technology partners.
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