The 2021 Commerce Technology Transfer Report highlights lab success and milestones

Diagram of an optomechanical accelerometer that uses light to measure acceleration. NIST devices have the potential to improve navigation, especially in situations where GPS signals are not available.


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Gaithersburg, Maryland — US Department of Commerce (DOC) said:Annual Report on Technology Transfer: Approaches and Plans, Activities and Outcomes for Fiscal Year 2021.. This report details technology transfer activities at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the US Marine and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NTIA)’s Telecommunications Science Institute (ITS). doing.

“Technology transfer is an important element of DOC’s mission to create conditions for economic growth and opportunity for all communities,” said Mojdeh Bahar, Associate Director of Innovation and Industrial Services at NIST. “By transferring technology to the commercial market, DOC Labs will help promote US economic competitiveness, strengthen domestic industry and drive job creation.”

The report highlights the success of each institute. For example, NIST has developed an accelerometer to better measure speed changes in small navigation devices. With a thickness of only 1 millimeter, the device uses laser light instead of mechanical strain to generate the signal. This may improve the inertial navigation of systems such as military aircraft, satellites, and submarines, especially when GPS signals are not available. NIST is also working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIIMBL) and the United States Pharmacopeia to evaluate and develop standards for the analysis of adeno-associated virus, an important factor in providing gene therapy. NIIMBL is sponsored by DOC Manufacturing USA Laboratory..

NOAA Open Data Dissemination (NODD) provides datasets through the US cloud service provider platform, providing improved free access to NOAA’s environmental data. NODD provides near real-time data to support user interaction and provides the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications. These features allow California-based start-ups to create new early warning services for natural disasters and other high-impact events. Another NOAA project has resulted in a patented lionfish trap that helps control the ecological, cultural and commercial damage caused by invading lionfish in waters that are too deep for spearfishing. Traps minimize damage to the ocean floor and are relatively easy to build, deploy and retrieve.

NTIA ITS has continued to carry out significant research and development and testing of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), which enables federal and non-federal shared use of radio frequency spectra in the 3.5 GHz band. ITS has worked with the Federal Communications Commission and others to improve spectrum management and access authentication. NTIA ITS also manages the Table Mountain Radio Receiving Zone at the DOC Institute, supporting multiple collaborative and engineering studies. The Zone’s advanced communications test site was used in 2021 to support research into radio frequency interference monitoring, lidar technology under various atmospheric conditions, and autonomous vehicle autonomy detection and communications technology.

Complete FY21 report You can find it here.. The 2021 Commerce Technology Transfer Report highlights lab success and milestones

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