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Marine Asset Tag Tracking Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC040045
Agency Tracking Number: 04110101
Amount: $98,689.00
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
1344 Bordeaux Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Edward Lam
 Principal Engineer
 (408) 734-3096
Business Contact
 Patricia Black
Phone: (408) 734-3096
Research Institution

The key challenges to the envisioned Marine Asset Tag Tracking System are: 1) Establishing a reliable communication link to each container when they are stacked together, and 2) Determining the position of each container within the stack. Reliable communication is difficult because of the line of sight obstruction from an external radio to the tag when the containers are stacked at a terminal or on a ship. A robust communication approach is proposed to provide highly reliable communication links to stacked containers. In addition, a maximum likelihood algorithm is proposed to determine the location of the containers within a stack. Experiments are proposed to validate these two innovative concepts. These approaches will be integrated in the overall Marine Asset Tag Tracking System.

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