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Multi-Source Portable Tele-Conferencing System (MPTS) A Portable Tele-Training/Technical Assistance Tool for the NAVY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 31914
Amount: $69,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
211 SW 'A' Avenue
Lawton, OK 73505
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Raymond J. Lewis
 (405) 355-1471
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Research Institution

The U.S. Navy has already achieved dramatic cost savings using teleconferencing technology in its Chief Electronic Schoolhouse Network (CESN) project. Even greater cost savings could be achieved if teleconferencing technology were portable and reliable enough to be used from any geographic location (ship or shore), in the world. At the same time, experiments like the Defense Information Services Agency's cellular telephone communications trial on the USS Saipan, and the Department of Defense SCAMPI system fielding (capable of providing 1.544Mb T-1 access across global satellite links), indicate the global communications infrastructure may already be capable of supporting globally-portable, highly-reliable, video teleconferencing. We propose to survey the global communications infrastructure and teleconferencing capabilities and standards. Then, we will analyze both to determine the feasibility of developing a new generation of ultra-portable, highly reliable video-teleconferencing technology. The result will be development of the technical and architectural requirements needed by engineers in a Phase II effort to build a suitcase-portable, miniaturized system complete with integrated computer multi-media sharing capacity.

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