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Next Generation Field Computing Device-Wearable

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Special Operations Command
Contract: 6SVL4-21-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: S2D-0103
Amount: $829,900.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: SOCOM211-D005
Solicitation Number: 21.1
Solicitation Year: 2021
Award Year: 2021
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2021-04-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-10-13
Small Business Information
21041 S. Western Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501-1727
United States
DUNS: 080921977
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Robert Stephens
 (310) 320-1827
Business Contact
 Selvy Utama
Phone: (310) 320-1827
Research Institution

To address the USSOCOM need for a wearable next-generation field computing device, Intellisense Systems, Inc. proposes to develop a new Hyper-Enabled LAN Integrated Operator (HELIOS) technology based on the maturation of Intellisense’s existing smart hub technology and interconnection solutions to meet the USSOCOM requirements. Specifically, the innovation in USB 3.1 Gen. 2 data and power delivery via low-profile, etextile connections will enable HELIOS to deliver a next-generation local area network (LAN) supporting existing and emerging high power/high bandwidth connected devices enabling a range of special operator mission sets. HELIOS offers a USB 3.1 smart hub with data speeds up to 5 Gbps, USB 3 power delivery at up to 100 W for rapid charging of wearable devices, ruggedized, low-profile USB Type C connectors compatible with embedded etextile conductors and conventional wired connections. The smart hub technology with embedded computing capability supports a wide range of tactical radios, peripheral equipment, and tactical batteries for system power, directly addressing SOCOM requirements. In Phase I, Intellisense demonstrated the feasibility of HELIOS by conducting requirements analysis and performing design trade-offs, feature feasibility risk reduction, design validation prototyping (TRL 3), and developmental testing resulting in down-selection of the most promising and practical solutions to provide power and data management and distribution to an operator-worn personal area network (PAN), while minimizing the bulk, encumbrance, and snag hazards of traditional external cabling. In Phase II, Intellisense plans to leverage the lessons learned investigating the art of the possible in Phase I to mature the technology to directly address USSOCOM requirements and objectives. The Phase II effort will culminate in the design, development, fabrication and delivery of 10 fully operational prototype HELIOS systems. These proof-of-concept demonstration systems will be designed to satisfy the USSOCOM objectives for a rugged, tactical USB cabled solution to interconnect the Intellisense smart hub with an Android end-user device (EUD), wearable batteries, permitting plug-and-play use of an entire range of connected tactical radios and associated peripheral devices in a secure PAN. The design will be inherently scalable to provide support for multiple mission types. Intellisense will also provide a migration path to more advanced USB variants – such as USB 3.2 2X2 or USB 4 - as hardware becomes commercially available. Operation, system monitoring, and alerting will be supplied by an Intellisense-developed Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) compatible. Android App. Finally, Intellisense will explore the feasibility and develop a roadmap for providing cryptographic security capable of being certified for processing higher levels of classification and additional processing capabilities supporting containerized application execution and virtual machines.

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