Marine Asset Tag Using Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: NBCHC040063
Agency Tracking Number: 04110249
Amount: $97,148.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2207 Covemont Dr., Huntsville, AL, 35801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hans Schantz
 Chief Scientist
 (256) 337-3012
Business Contact
 Jerome Gabig
Title: President
Phone: (256) 509-0279
Research Institution
We propose a Marine Asset Tag Tracking System (MATTS) using a breakthrough wireless tracking technology called near field electromagnetic ranging (NFER¿). The primary objective of Phase I is to validate that NFER¿ technology is the best RF solution for tracking containers on ships and in ports. Phase I will also (1) develop an overall architecture for the MATTS; (2) design the container tag; (3) design the NFER¿ access point; (4) prepare a conceptual design of the local Data Center, and (5) define the data link to the Global Data Center. MATTS should be capable of tracking containers in the following marine environments: (a) being loaded aboard ships, (b) stacked in a ship, (c) being unloaded, and (d) being moved and stacked in shipping terminals. Even without a NFER¿ infrastructure at a port or ship, a DHS official should be able to use a NFER¿ receiver to locate a specific container in a stack of containers provided the targeted container has a NFER¿ tag. Q-Track Corporation, the pioneer in NFER¿ technology, has teamed with On-Line Applications Research Corporation (OAR). OAR has over two decades of experience in architecture design, networking, sensor integration, and software engineering for federal information systems.

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