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Militarized Power Line Communication

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
5-D Systems Inc.
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200 Round Rock, TX 78681-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Militarized Power Line Communication
Agency: DOD
Contract: N00014-13-P-1155
Award Amount: $149,990.00


5-D is developing a cost effective, militarized, power line communications (PLC) system leveraging commercial"Smart Grid"and PLC technologies. Our approach provides the system components necessary to properly manage the variable resources and loads inherent in micro grid power systems like those employed at forward operating bases. In addition, our solution offers the option of providing broadband networking communications, further minimizing the infrastructure and installation typically required. The system components under development are modular by design, offering flexibility of integration and application for various power grid issues like seamless integration of renewable power sources and generator load balancing. 5-D Systems has already designed and proven militarized PLC technology for the Air Force Research Lab (targeted for legacy aircraft and other applications) and will leverage this experience to design, demonstrate, and ultimately deliver a viable micro grid communications and control system.

Principal Investigator:

Bennie R. Kirk, Jr.
Principal Investigator
(512) 238-9840

Business Contact:

Darren Johnson
Engineering Manager
(512) 238-9840
Small Business Information at Submission:

5-D Systems Inc.
1 Chisholm Trail, Suite 3200 Round Rock, TX -

EIN/Tax ID: 742928003
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No