Autonomic Logistics Tactical Logistics Data Communcation Network

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,747.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
M67854-09-C-6507
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-103-0950
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-103
Small Business Information
Oberon, Inc.
1315 S. Allen St., suite 410, State College, PA, 16801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
188676790
Principal Investigator
 doug kelly
 PI
 (814) 867-2312
 dak@oberonwireless.com
Business Contact
 Scott Thompson
Title: PI
Phone: (814) 867-2312
Email: sdt@oberonwireless.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The IEEE 802.15.4 standard specifies a low rate, spread spectrum, wireless sensor networking technology. Many commercial vendors have begun to develop low cost RF transceivers based on this standard, due to its robust, mesh networking capability. Building on this foundation, the ZigBee industry alliance has been working towards dynamic, self-organizing, scalable mesh networking algorithms based on the 802.15.4 transceivers. Leveraging this rapidly emerging commercial technology, Oberon proposes to investigate the use of 802.15.4 standard compliant components to develop autonomic logistics nodes that have the capability for robust, self-organizing, dynamic, scalable communications in a tactical environment. As shall be discussed, the 802.15.4 technology basis is far better suited than 802.11 (Wi-Fi) or 802.16 (Wi-Max) networking technology due to its intrinsic, standards based meshing capability, native low duty cycle synchronization, and superior RF propagation properties. However, opportunities abound to improve an open architecture for node synchronization, node discovery, self-organization, and in-transit visibility of supporting logistics to a central operations vehicle. Oberon proposes to collaborate with researchers from Penn State University’s Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems/ Marine Corps Logistics Education Program to codify specific requirements for the autonomic logistics system, which can leverage advances in commercially based, advanced 802.15.4 transceiver technology.

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