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Remote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: 70RSAT19C00000008
Agency Tracking Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-002-0002-II
Amount: $999,997.95
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB018.1-002
Solicitation Number: FY18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-04-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-03-31
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
 David Hitchcock
 (310) 320-3088
Business Contact
 Keith Baker
Phone: (310) 320-3088
Research Institution

To address the DHS need for a cell phone location finder for maritime and remote search and rescue (SAR), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes, in Phase II, to advance the development of the REmote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue (REPLIER), proven feasible in Phase I. REPLIER is based on a modification of open-source, full stack LTE software, allowing it to establish a wireless connection to a smart phone using the LTE protocol, enabling distance (range) determination. Through the use of a direction antenna, REPLIER can determine the direction (bearing) of the target cell phone. Additionally, through software analysis of the target cell phone's transmitted signal, REPLIER can uniquely determine the device's International Mobile Subscriber Identity, uniquely identifying the device and eliminating the possibility of interference with other cell phone users and commercial cellular operations. REPLIER can locate persons in distress with resolutions of 78 m. In Phase I, POC developed a REPLIER proof of concept and demonstrated the technical feasibility for a range of use cases and concepts of operations, reaching technology readiness level (TRL)-4. In Phase II, REPLIER's capability will be expanded to include communications with all major U.S. smart phones and to support all U.S. frequency bands. POC plans to develop and demonstrate a field-tested prototype in preparation for transition/commercialization in Phase III. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing an effective means to track cellular signals for SAR operations

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