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Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT18C00000019
Agency Tracking Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-003-0001-I
Amount: $149,998.69
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB018.1-003
Solicitation Number: FY18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-11-01
Small Business Information
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510
United States
DUNS: 153865951
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Ulmer
 VP, Chief Technologist
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Title: Vice President, Contracts
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the DHS need to rapidly detect radio interference of critical radio frequency (RF) communications channels utilized by first responders, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer (MISCAN) device based on a combination of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components in a custom software-defined configuration along with intelligent anomaly detection algorithms. The system will alert first responders by visual, audible, or haptic means so they can carry out back-up, mitigation, and reporting procedures. In Phase I POC will demonstrate the feasibility of MISCAN by building and testing a preliminary prototype device and performing real-world testing using DHS reference interference waveforms. At the end of the resultant Phase I effort, the MISCAN system will reach technology readiness level (TRL)-5 and POC will submit a detailed plan to complete the system including interference geo-location capability and to ensure reaching a sub-$500 price point. In Phase II, POC plans to manufacture and field final systems for evaluation by first responders identified during the Phase I effort and will prepare the MISCAN design for low-cost manufacturing. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing reliable radio communications for first responders and other essential personnel. Commercial applications for this technology include applications in disaster prevention and recovery, networking and information technology, and security and surveillance.

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