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Handheld Positioning/Navigation System for Urban and Indoor Environments

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Award ID:
73595
Program Year/Program:
2005 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
A043-103-2918
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
LOCUS, INC.
5540 Research Park Drive, Fitchburg Center Madison, WI 53711
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Handheld Positioning/Navigation System for Urban and Indoor Environments
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W15P7T-05-C-M002
Award Amount: $70,000.00
 

Abstract:

Earlier studies on Locus' new Loran technology demonstrated that Loran signals can be received in urban/indoor environments where GPS is unavailable, but additional development was needed to utilize Loran's advantages in these applications. Nevertheless, it is clear that a combination of technologies will be needed to meet US Army needs for handheld positioning and navigation systems. Locus has advanced its Loran technology, but for Loran to function as a sensor within an integrated navigation, positioning, and communication system, receiver size and power requirements must be reduced. Under an Army program, Multispectral Solutions, Inc. (MSSI) is developing an ultra wideband (UWB) range measurement radio system to determine the location of all nodes in an urban or indoor environment. Integration with GPS and Loran will ultimately be required to provide a reference datum. Locus, Inc. Phase I SBIR program will define the necessary development steps to enable use of Loran as an alternate sensor within an UWB system. The Phase I program investigates three key areas regarding size and power consumption of the existing Loran technology: antenna, signal acquisition chain, and receiver board. In addition, Locus will review UWB interface requirements with MSSI, and incorporate those requirements into the Phase II program.

Principal Investigator:

Dick Ferrier
Director of Engineering
6082700500
ferrier@locusinc.com

Business Contact:

Kathy Rounds
Business Manager
6082700500
rounds@locusinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

LOCUS, INC.
5540 Research Park Drive, Fitchburg Center Madison, WI 53711

EIN/Tax ID: 391445598
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No