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Breaking New Ground: AFWERX Selects SHzoom for Prestigious SBIR Phase I Contract

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Breaking New Ground: AFWERX Selects SHzoom for Prestigious SBIR Phase I Contract

December 2023 | SHzoom

Breaking New Ground: AFWERX Selects SHzoom for Prestigious SBIR Phase I Contract

PITTSBURGH, PA. – SHzoom Technologies, Inc. (“SHzoom”), a leader in fleet accident management technology, announces it has been selected by AFWERX for a SBIR Phase I contract to research and evaluate the feasibility of integrating and adapting their proprietary accident crash management technologies for traditional, electric, and autonomous vehicles into the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and potentially other branches of the Department of Defense.

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 SHzoom Technologies, Inc starts its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

“We recognize the strategic importance of enhancing accident crash management technologies. SHzoom’s commitment to innovation, particularly in the government and self-insured fleet space, aligns perfectly with the DAF’s mission. We are honored to embark on this groundbreaking journey with AFWERX,” emphasized SHzoom’s Founder and CEO, Ingrid Cook Moravitz.

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 SHzoom

UPtime by SHzoom® – built on Microsoft’s secure Azure Framework – is a Patented Accident Management System for Government and Self-Insured Fleets. Uptime is the only system bringing Police, Fleet, Risk, and Body Shops together on a proprietary platform for greater speed, visibility, community impact and savings on crash repairs.

Uptime’s Intelligent Workflow delivers an impressive 25% reduction in accident-related repair expenses, a 47% reduction in repair cycle time, and unprecedented community impact by supporting a network of small, veteran, minority, and women owned repairs shops. Have a shop in mind? Checkout: https://shzoom.com/shop-finder/

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 war fighting 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 afresearchlab.com.


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 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 4,697 contracts worth more than $2.6 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit: afwerx.com.

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