A UWB-based Secure and Robust Wireless Data Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-09-C-0020
Agency Tracking Number: F073-136-1079
Amount: $650,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-136
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Chujen Lin
 Sr. Director, Sensing&C
 (301) 294-5236
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and P
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
A secure communications network is sought for use in a plant environment such as Air Forcefs Arnold Engineering Design Center (AEDC) or the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC). Many test results conducted at these facilities are classified, so it requires very secure voice and data communications network system. The proposed system shall consist of a set of small, wearable communication devices which interface with way stations located throughout the plant. The proposed system will have the following characteristics: 1) The network should work in a environment with high levels of ambient noise, EMI interference, RF dead zones, grease, dirt, water, and other contaminants. 2) The system must transmit data in a secure manner which is nearly impossible to either intercept or decode. 3) The system should identify and locate individuals wearing communicators within user-defined areas. 4) The system should provide the capability to translate voice to text and record a text-based log to a PC. IAI will develop a set of Wi-Fi-based prototype systems during Phase II to allow AEDC to test and evaluate all functionalities, including noise cancelling voice recognition, VoIP, network security, hands free operations, sensor data logging, issue logging, location tracking, etc., in a relevant environment. BENEFIT: Commercial Potential: The proposed technology has many applications in factories of heavy industries (such as shipbuilding, mining, industrial machinery), chemical plants, electrical stations, and other industries. Department of Homeland Security is very concern about safety of power plants, dams, facility plants and other potential targets such as chemical plants, industrial facilities. Wireless communications for these facilities require better security than normal networks. Military applications: Many military facilities experience strong RF interferences and loud noises. Two government facility of this nature are Air Forcefs Arnold Engineering Design Center (AEDC) and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC). Many test results conducted at these places are classified, so it is very desirable to use secure voice and data wireless communications network system. For the US Navy, the technology developed under this project can be used by flight deck operation personnel aboard aircraft carriers.

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