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Wireless Sensing for Survivable Machinery Control

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
75424
Program Year/Program:
2005 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N054-020-0390
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
3E TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL, INC.
9715 Key West Avenue Suite 500 Rockville, MD 20850
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Wireless Sensing for Survivable Machinery Control
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-05-M-0195
Award Amount: $69,993.00
 

Abstract:

With the advancements and proliferation of wireless voice and data communications, there is a logical extension of these technologies to machinery monitoring and control systems. Typically, data communications occur over twisted pairs or fiber optic media. In a highly automated ship for reduced manning goals, the infrastructure to support these automation schemes may be difficult to implement given the survivability requirements. A WLAN with 802.11 technology provides redundant, 100% connectivity needed to support ship-wide device-level networking. However, under emergency conditions, such as a weapons strike, fire, or flooding, some portions of the network may become unusable, isolated, or destroyed. Backup means of providing wireless connectivity across bulkheads is needed. This backup connectivity could provide for re-establishment of communication between device level control components in the damaged area and the ship's control and monitoring networks, as well as establish voice communication between damage control personnel inside the compartment and the rest of the ship. . This SBIR response proposes the evaluation of two methods of through bulkhead communication that could be integrated with wireless technology. One option uses a piezoelectric device, mounted on each side of a bulkhead, to provide a coupling across the bulkhead. Another approach develops a hybrid wireless / power line carrier communication system.

Principal Investigator:

Willis Drake
Principal Investigation
3016706779
bdrake@3eti.com

Business Contact:

Steven C. Chen
President and CEO
3016706779
schen@3eti.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aeptec Microsystems, Inc.
700 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600 Rockville, MD 20850

EIN/Tax ID: 521952035
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Applied Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 30
State College, PA 16804
Contact: Pamela R. Righter
Contact Phone: (814) 863-3991
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university