Sensed ENergy Transient INterrogation ELement (SENTINEL)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$499,978.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9113M-08-C-0155
Award Id:
81799
Agency Tracking Number:
B063-052-0714
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
10300 N. Cassel Rd., Vandalia, OH, 45377
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052862641
Principal Investigator:
Herbert Hirsch
Principal Engineer
(937) 454-9662
hhirsch@woh.rr.com
Business Contact:
Herbert Hirsch
President
(937) 454-9662
hhirsch@woh.rr.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
This is a unique, practical solution to the tampering prevention problem, because even if reverse engineers know exactly how it works - they cannot overcome it. SENTINEL checks the electronic power signature that characterizes a volume operating in its environment. Any volume of or individual analog, digital, or RF elements of any system has a unique power signature on the supply voltage line(s), due to the unique combination of components in the system and their individual activation sequences, which combine to form a signature that is unique to the operating environment in which the element functions. We exploit this signature in a simple system which detects the signature, compares it with an expected one stored within it at activation, and then responds to a detected tampering situation with a reaction that prevents reverse engineering. It can be implemented in any volume, at subsystem, board, MCM, module, or chip levels. Phase II will produce (1) proof-of-concept, tested prototypes, (2) performance and exploitation testing and demonstration results, (3) a comprehensive system design to carry forward into Phase III or transition, and (5) specific commercialization and transition plans. Lockheed-Martin, a MDA system supplier, will participate to ensure transition to MDA systems.

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