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A Personal Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-6497
Agency Tracking Number: F041-060-1487
Amount: $99,685.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-060
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2004-05-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2005-03-11
Small Business Information
727 Airport Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
United States
DUNS: 197187602
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Joseph Tesar
 Director of Research & Development
 (734) 668-2567
Business Contact
 Charles Cohen
Title: Vice President, R & D
Phone: (734) 668-2567
Research Institution

This proposal describes a Portable Virtual Collaborative Maintenance System (PVCMS) that can support maintenance personnel in austere locations. Efficient communications between personnel is especially important when maintaining the complex machinery currently used by the military. In addition to technical documents and schematics, technicians frequently need support from other maintainers that have more experience with a given problem. Our proposed system will allow multiple technicians to collaborate on a technical problem, which is vital in an era of reduced manning. The PVCMS is termed "virtual" since collaboration takes place over wireless networks. Regardless of location, the technician has access to a variety of resources, ranging from central databases for technical bulletins to Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs). Graphical data is displayed on handheld, high-resolution displays. The PVCMS ties the technician to existing data networks via wireless links, which provide the ability to dynamically access a central database of information. Most importantly, the technician can share real time audio and video with other personnel, which means that technicians with differing levels of knowledge and expertise can all share in the solution to the problem.

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