Marine Asset Tag Using Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$97,148.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NBCHC040063
Agency Tracking Number:
04110249
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Q-Track Corporation
2207 Covemont Dr., Huntsville, AL, 35801
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Hans Schantz
Chief Scientist
(256) 337-3012
h.schantz@q-track.com
Business Contact:
Jerome Gabig
President
(256) 509-0279
j.gabig@q-track.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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