Subterranean Communications for First Responders and the Military

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15P7T-05-C-K011
Agency Tracking Number: A043-135-1206
Amount: $120,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-135
Solicitation Number: 2004.3
Small Business Information
2525 W. Greenway Road, Suite 332, Phoenix, AZ, 85023
DUNS: 089294263
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ray Keeler
 Principal Investigator
 (602) 896-1976
Business Contact
 Douglas Limbaugh
Title: CEO
Phone: (602) 896-1976
Research Institution
Kutta will design a portable Subterranean Wireless Electronic Communications (SWEC) system that allows two-way, networked communications with up to 10 nodes through over 100 feet of solid rock per hop. At the end of the Phase 1 effort, Kutta will demonstrate the ability to send a picture and provide voice communications through a three-node system with a proven cave radio developed by Kutta's engineers. Kutta's proposal enumerates many innovative features that provide for hands-free voice/data/video communications well beyond the 100 ft of solid rock proposed in the solicitation. The Work Plan also calls for detailed research into optimum frequency ranges over a myriad of different media types (e.g. limestone, concrete, etc.) as well research and experimentation with numerous antenna configurations. Kutta's team also leverages a layered communications infrastructure being developed under another U.S. Army SBIR. The communications infrastructure is integrated with COTS self-healing multi-node network protocols to create a robust design. The Work Plan is designed to determine the required frequency ranges, antenna configurations, and COTS technologies (miniature CB-Radio and PDA) that will allow Kutta to eventually deliver a SWEC system that satisfies the (<8 cu. in.), weight (<8 oz.) and power (battery life > 48 hrs.) system requirements.

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