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Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT19C00000004
Agency Tracking Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-003-0001-II
Amount: $999,986.55
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB018.1-003
Solicitation Number: FY18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-08
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-04-07
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
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

Addressing 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 advance, in Phase II, the development of the Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer (MISCAN) system proven feasible in Phase I. MISCAN is 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 MISCAN 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 demonstrated the feasibility of MISCAN by building and testing a preliminary prototype device, performing initial testing using DHS reference interference waveforms, and performing real-world testing using actual jammers. Phase I results showed that the MISCAN system reached technology readiness level (TRL)-5, and POC submitted a detailed plan to enhance the system, including interference geo-location capability and a $200 price point. In Phase II, POC plans to manufacture and field final systems for evaluation by first responders, to achieve TRL-7, and to 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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