Sentinel Devices has been awarded Air Force Phase II SBIR to test advanced Monitoring & Diagnostics within Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex

Published on:
April 17, 2024

The Phase II award was made after Sentinel Devices identified Air Force customers with an emerging need that could be met using the company’s OTAware technology


Atlanta, GA – Sentinel Devices announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase II focused on developing OTAware to address the most pressing challenges in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on 02/05/2024, Sentinel Devices will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.


Sentinel Devices’ CEO, Dr.Forrest Shriver, had this to say: “This award by the Air Force is extremely impactful, because it shows how useful our zero-cloud approach can be to security-sensitive defense objectives. We will be working closely with our Air Force partners to demonstrate the OTAware technology and, ultimately, make it useful for them in supporting maintenance and sustainment across the Air Force and across the DoD at large.”


The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S.government.


About Sentinel Devices

Sentinel Devices was founded to commercialize“zero-cloud” machine learning technologies for critical infrastructure monitoring and cybersecurity, with the goal of making industrial equipment totally self-monitoring and self-reporting. The company’s core technology, OTAware, is a machine monitoring/asset monitoring solution which functions totally off of the cloud – it does all data collection, storage, processing,machine learning model development, and decision-making entirely on-device,alongside the equipment being monitored. By monitoring specific physical signals found within the “digital brains” of industrial equipment, OTAware gives customers the ability to reduce total downtime by up to 30% - saving potentially millions of dollars per-year. The OTAware technology is packaged into an easy-to-integrate rail-mounted form factor which can be readily mounted alongside existing equipment, with minimal changes made to existing equipment or infrastructure. By doing all data processing local to the equipment,Sentinel Devices delivers predictive maintenance and monitoring while ensuring that this sensitive data is never sent off-site. This enables monitoring of even the most security-sensitive assets – customers are in total control of where the data goes and how it’s used.


About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery,development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit



As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 370military, civilian and contractor personnel at five hubs and sites executing anannual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 6,028 new contracts worth more than $4 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit:


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