A MULTIPLE-READ SAW TAG INVENTORY SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$49,935.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
1989
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
10428
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Digital Signal Corp
8003 Forbes Pl, Springfield, VA, 22151
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 John P Cater
 () -
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
TRACKING OF ON-BOARD SPACE STATION AND SHUTTLE MATERIALS SUCH AS TOOLS, FOOD, CLOTHES, PHARMACEUTICALS AND OTHER EXPENDABLES MUST BE IMPROVED BEYOND BAR CODE IDENTIFICATION METHODS TO BE EFFICIENT AND SUCCESSFUL. THIS PROJECT PROPOSES TO CREATE, USING NEWLY INTRODUCED TECHNOLOGY, A SURFACE ACOUSTIC WAVE (SAW) PASSIVE TRANSPONDER INVENTORY TRACKING SYSTEM WITH THE UNIQUE CAPABILITY OF SIMULTANEOUS, MULTIPLE-TAG READ CAPABILITY FOR READING UP TO 50 TO 100 CO-LOCATED TAGS. THE SMALL, LIGHTWEIGHT AND BATTERYLESS SAWTRANSPONDER TAGS ARE IDEALLY SUITED FOR AUTOMATED INVENTORY AND TRACKING SYSTEMS, BUT UNTIL NOW THEY HAVE BEEN LIMITED TO SINGLE TAG-AT-A-TIME READ CONSTRAINTS. PHASE I WILL RESEARCH THE FEASIBILITY AND DIFFICULTY OF CREATING MULTIPLEREAD TAG SYSTEMS SO THAT ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD CONTAINERS CAN BE ACCURATELY TRACKED IN PARALLEL OR SIMULTANEOUS FASHION. THE RESULT OF THE PROJECT WILL BE A FEASIBILITY, OR PROOF-OF-CONCEPT, WORKING MODEL OF A MULTIPLE-READ SAW TAG AUTOMATED INVENTORY AND TRACKING SYSTEM.

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