System for Software-Defined Navigation(TM) (SDN(TM))

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N10PC20180
Agency Tracking Number: 10SB1-0366
Amount: $9,900.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: SB101-011
Solicitation Number: 2010.1
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kenan Ezal
 Senior Scientist
 (805) 968-6787
 kezal@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
An increasing number of civilian and military platforms rely on navigation systems. These systems usually comprise a centralized filter, which fuses measurements from a number of different sensors and does not include a “hot-swap” capability. Hence, it is not possible to reconfigure sensor modalities on-the-fly, and changes in the sensor mixture often require time consuming hardware and/or software modifications, thereby increasing development costs. Toyon Research Corporation is proposing a Software-Defined Navigation(TM) (SDN(TM)) architecture that will permit the adding and removing of sensors without any modifications to the navigation system. The navigation architecture will also support cooperative and distributed navigation and the sharing of map information. During the Phase I effort, Toyon will develop the SDN algorithms and prepare hardware and software interface control documents (ICDs) for the system. In addition, we will design and demonstrate an exemplary personal navigation system (PNS) that conforms to the proposed modular navigation architecture. The PNS will make use of a number of sensor modalities, and its performance will be evaluated for different sensor mixtures. We will conclude the Phase I program with a PNS hardware design that will be used for the Phase II demonstration.

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