SBIR Phase I: Location Aware Computing Using Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$97,718.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
0539073
Solitcitation Year:
2005
Solicitation Number:
NSF 05-557
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2006
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0539073
Solicitation Topic Code:
IT
Small Business Information
Q-Track
515 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, AL, 35816
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Hans Schantz
 Dr
 (256) 489-0075
 h.schantz@q-track.com
Business Contact
 Hans Schantz
Title: Dr
Phone: (256) 489-0075
Email: h.schantz@q-track.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to transform the real time location system (RTLS) industry by bringing to fruition a simple, inexpensive, yet highly accurate location awareness technology called Near Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER). The proposed research will assess a radically new tracking technology by focusing on the technology's two primary technical uncertainties. First, the research will determine limits to antenna miniaturization without compromising a reliable link (i.e., how small a tag is possible). Second, the research will determine limits to system capacity (i.e., how many items can be tracked at a particular update rate). Phase I will ascertain these uncertainties through a combination of theoretical analysis and real-world testing of prototype systems. Real time locating systems (RTLS) is an important and rapidly growing segment within the radio frequency identification (RFID) industry. In today's world of just-in-time commerce, supply chain management (SCM) requires inexpensive RTLS to improve efficiency and maintain competitiveness. Established technologies such as global positioning system (GPS), ultra-wideband (UWB), and traditional time-of-flight ranging are unable to perform satisfactorily within complicated real-world, indoor propagation environments.

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