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A Personal Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS)

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Department of Defense
Air Force
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2004 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Cybernet Systems Corporation
3885 Research Park Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48108-2247
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: A Personal Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS)
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Contract: FA8650-04-M-6497
Award Amount: $99,685.00


This proposal describes a Portable Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS) that can support maintenance personnel in austere locations. Efficient communications between personnel is especially important when maintaining the complex machinery currently used by the military. In addition to technical documents and schematics, technicians frequently need support from other maintainers that have more experience with a given problem. Our proposed system will allow multiple technicians to collaborate on a technical problem, which is vital in an era of reduced manning. The PVCMS is termed "virtual" since collaboration takes place over wireless networks. Regardless of location, the technician has access to a variety of resources, ranging from central databases for technical bulletins to Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs). Graphical data is displayed on handheld, high-resolution displays. The PVCMS ties the technician to existing data networks via wireless links, which provide the ability to dynamically access a central database of information. Most importantly, the technician can share real time audio and video with other personnel, which means that technicians with differing levels of knowledge and expertise can all share in the solution to the problem.

Principal Investigator:

Joseph Tesar
Director of Research & Development

Business Contact:

Charles J. Cohen
Vice President, R & D
Small Business Information at Submission:

727 Airport Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48108

EIN/Tax ID: 430924383
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No