Expendable, tactically interconnected RF sensor network

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$99,000.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0007
Agency Tracking Number:
05SB2-0060
Solicitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Topic Code:
SB052-006
Solicitation Number:
2005.2
Small Business Information
INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION, INC.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator:
Eric van Doorn
Director of Sensor Technology
(301) 294-5229
evandoorn@i-a-i.com
Business Contact:
Mark James
Contracts and Proposals Manager
(301) 294-5221
mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI), proposes a novel, expendable, tactically interconnected cluster of RF sensors forming a sensor network. The use of communication links as tripwire sensor is the innovation of this proposal. We propose to use the radio motes called Mica2Dot (916 Mhz) and Telos (2.4 GHz, which use the Zigbee Protocol) from Crossbow Technology Inc, CA. Open source software called TinyOS operating system will be used in programming the motes. The communication/ RF links in such a sensor network will be exploited as follows: Real time tripwire sensing: We use the RF communication link itself as a bi-static radar to detect any movements near the Line Of Sight between radios (sensors). Hence we can:  Distinguish between human, animal, and vehicular intruders.  Separate signal strength fluctuations due to nearby cell phones or other transmitters to those caused by physical intrusions. Real time Intelligence: Effective intelligent algorithm  Determines moving intruder information position, velocity and direction  Alerts the next node to get ready to listen to this intruder that is coming in its direction  Resolves simultaneous detection of more than one moving intruder advancing in different directions

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