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Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | November 27, 2007
Boston Micromachines gets more funds to stop 'friendly fire'

The U.S. Army has awarded Boston Micromachines Corp. a contract worth about $750,000 to develop technology to prevent "friendly fire," officials report.

The Watertown-based maker of microelectromechanical systems-based deformable mirror products for adaptive optics systems, won a Phase 2 Small-Business Technology Transfer Program award through the Department of Defense. Boston Micromachines and its research partner Boston University will use the award to further develop its Secure Communicating Optical Ultra-small Transponder (SCOUT).

SCOUT is intended to provide secure optical communication using an active mirror to enable rapid identification of friendly soldiers, vehicles or aircraft. The initial concepts for SCOUT were developed under a Phase 1 STTR award. The two-year Phase 2 project will develop a small, inexpensive device for free-space covert communication and accessing remote sensors, and demonstrate its functionality.

Founded in 1999, privately held Boston Micromachines makes compact deformable mirror products used by manufacturers of optical imaging and communication systems, governmental agencies and contractors, and vision-science research laboratories worldwide, including NASA, Lockheed Martin and Boston University.

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