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Ultra Wideband (UWB) Networked Wireless Tags for Marine Asset Tracking

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC040047
Agency Tracking Number: 04110591
Amount: $99,402.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
1415 Bank St. Suite E
South Pasadena, CA 91030
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rodney Goodman
 (626) 419-4920
Business Contact
 Rodney Goodman
Title: President
Phone: (626) 419-4920
Research Institution

We propose a novel ultra wideband (UWB) wireless tag system capable of tracking shipping containers while being loaded, closely stacked above or below decks, or being moved within shipping terminals. Each container has one or more tags that use UWB wireless technology to form an ad-hoc mesh network with its neighboring containers. In addition, each tag can measure the distance to its neighboring tags. Therefore, the information from a container buried deep in a stack of containers can be relayed by intermediate tags and emerge at the ¿edges¿ of the container stack, which have clear visibility to the local transmitter/receiver net. As each tag has the capability of communicating with, and measuring its distance to, the local transceiver net, multiple ¿edge¿ tags provide redundancy in getting the information into and out of a stack of containers reliably. The identity and distance information from the container network is relayed by the local transceiver net, to a central network controller which solves the distance/ID constraint information to provide a unique x,y,z coordinate for each container. The central controller then allows for retransmission of this data via satellite to a remote Data Center.

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