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Sonobuoy – Electronic Function Selector (EFS) Replacement

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0295
Agency Tracking Number: N061-010-0681
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N06-010
Solicitation Number: 2006.1
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-04-26
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-08-22
Small Business Information
65 West Street Road Suite B-104
Warminster, PA 18974
United States
DUNS: 095275343
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter Raiti
 Principal Investigator
 (610) 619-7456
Business Contact
 Robert Bauder
Title: Vice President/CFO
Phone: (610) 610-7443
Research Institution

Sonobuoys are currently programmed via the operation of a Function Selector Interface, consisting of push-button switches and a dual digit LED display. Our proposed effort will replace the current Function Selector Component (FS) with a low cost Remote Function Selector System (RFS), setting Sonobuoy parameters with a handheld PDA style operator interface, utilizing a secure RF or Optical link The proposed technique will permit an operator to uniquely address and securely program a particular Sonobuoy, or a group of Sonobuoys, as might be found in the launch rack of an aircraft platform. The proposed concept will allow for ease of operational maintenance and the dynamic programming of Sonobuoys, during preflight staging procedures or in-flight mission scenarios. The PDA will interface to the mission computer and remotely to the Sonobuoys for the downloading or uploading of functional parameters and operational mission profiles. The Remote Function Selector Concept (RFS) will make the utilization of Sonobuoy systems more cost effective and efficient regarding buoy inventory, assignment and deployment.BENEFITS: The RFS is ideally suited for a secure remote interface of equipment or processes. The RFS can be applied to industrial and consumer products where tamper proof functionality is desired, such as Medical Equipment, Surveillance Sensors and Cameras, Industrial Process Monitoring and Control, Inventory Processes, Banking and the Environmental Control of a business or a home.

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