Automated RF Measurement Module (ARMM)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$492,555.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00039-07-C-0015
Agency Tracking Number:
N054-033-0082
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
KAB LABORATORIES, INC.
1110 Rosecrans Street, #203, San Diego, CA, 92106
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
186435830
Principal Investigator:
John Theriault
Chief Engineer
(858) 523-1763
jt@kablab.com
Business Contact:
Todd Reach
President
(858) 523-1763
tareach@kablab.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
Robert Bitmead
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA, 92093
(858) 822-3477
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The Automatic Radio Frequency (RF) Measurement Module (ARMM) supports Specific Emitter Identification/Specific Emitter Verification (SEI/SEV) by providing detailed measurements against collected communication signals. ARMM is an integrated set of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms that extracts and reports key features against collected signals. A feature analysis capability can then determine if the measurements match the characteristics of a known emitter of interest. ARMM addresses a critical need of the Navy cryptologic community by automating measurement processes that have been traditionally handled by manual or semi-automatic means. This need becomes more critical as the number of communication devices escalates and the complexity of these devices increases. ARMM addresses current and emerging communications technologies as an open, portable, and scalable software system. BENEFITS: The resultant ARMM technology can be incorporated into existing Tactical Cryptologic Systems, providing immediate improvement to the reporting capabilities of these systems. Transmissions of tactical relevance will be reported more accurately, while those transmissions with similar characteristics, but not of interest, will be filtered out. The manning requirements for afloat cryptologic technicians may be reduced due to the elimination of complex, time-consuming manual analyses. It is believed that the ARMM technology can be applied to the commercial market in a wide range of applications, including law enforcement and telecommunications systems. Law enforcement agencies may employ the ARMM technology to facilitate the tracking and monitoring of potentially threatening mobile communication systems. Criminal and terror organizations increasingly rely on commercial equipment for their communication needs. The ARMM technology may be used to distinguish the communication equipment known to be used by these organizations from those used for lawful means. Telecommunication systems may employ the ARMM technology for "emitter verification" to ensure only valid terminals access its communication networks. Cellular networks, for example, may be susceptible to piracy and/or spoofing by rogue transmitters accessing the network. The ARMM technology may be used to reject those terminals not exhibiting specific characteristics, preventing fraudulent use of their communication networks.

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