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33 oping, deploying, and maintaining the technology. These 2.8 Details of Task 6: Execute were expected to include technical, economic, liability, insti- Task 4 Work Plan and Develop tutional/organizational, and human factors. In the case where Recommendations for Advancing impediments were identified, efforts would be made to iden- the Most Promising Technologies tify preventive or mitigating factors or workaround tactics that could be applied. Special attention was devoted to any imped- Upon receipt of notice to proceed from the HMCRP Proj- iment perceived to be so large as to seriously jeopardize or ect 04 panel, a technology developer interview research even preclude full implementation. template was generated (see Appendix F). Simultaneously, researchers conducted primarily Internet searches to determine the organizations that appeared to be desirable candidates 2.7 Details of Task 5: Submit for interviews as developers of the nine most promising emerg- Interim Report Documenting ing technologies. When a candidate technology developer was Tasks 1 through 4 identified, initial contact was typically made by telephone. From the initial contact, team members were able to iden- The draft interim report covered all activities in the first tify the appropriate person(s) with whom to communicate. four tasks. It included the following major sections: Researchers sent the interview research template to the point Introduction of contact with a request that it be completed by a certain date Background Research and Information Gathering with the option for a telephone interview. Research Approach Overview From this effort, 67 contacts (with a small amount of Modal Screening Process redundancy) were identified as candidates for interviews, Selection of Most Promising Emerging Technologies 26 of the organizations were eventually interviewed, and Detailed Work Plan for Technology Exploration 23 were considered valid for the research objective. Poten- Conclusions, Lessons Learned, Next Steps tial interviewees were screened out for one of the following three reasons: No comments from the HMCRP Project 04 panel required changes to the interim report. Panel acceptance of the report Non-responsive despite repeated requests for interviews resulted in authorization to proceed with Phase 2 of the proj- A subsequent determination that the source was not truly ect, starting with execution of the proposed work plan. developing technology Table 2-18. Type of technology developers interviewed. Technology Area Respondents Interviews Company National Laboratory Networked RFID, ubiquitous National Laboratory 5 sensors and cargo monitoring Company National Laboratory Pressure gauges and chemical Company 5 detection sensors Company (4 related but separate technologies) Fiber-optic/photonic sensors and Company 1 optical scanners National Laboratory Advanced locks and seals 2 Company Intelligent video tracking and Company 2 surveillance Company Company Wireless power 2 Company Nanopiezoelectronics University 1 Company Plastic thin-film organic solar cells Company 3 Company USDOT Research Organization Container integrity 2 Company Total 23