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

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,508.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
0646339
Agency Tracking Number:
0539073
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Q-Track Corporation
515 Sparkman Drive, Suite 110, Huntsville, AL, 35816
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
121059757
Principal Investigator:
Hans Schantz
PhD
(256) 489-0075
h.schantz@q-track.com
Business Contact:
Hans Schantz
PhD
(256) 489-0075
h.schantz@q-track.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II research project seeks to transform the Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) industry by bringing to fruition a simple, inexpensive, yet highly accurate approach to location awareness: Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER) technology. 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 real-time location data to improve efficiency and maintain competitiveness. Established technologies like the Global Positioning System (GPS), UltraWideBand (UWB), and traditional time-of-flight ranging have proven unable to perform satisfactorily within complicated, real-world, indoor propagation environments. The anticipated result of this research effort will be a pilot installation of a NFER tracking system in a warehouse. It is predicted that: RTLS and wireless LAN technologies, combined with innovative applications, will fundamentally change the way businesses manage and track high-value assets. Accelerated development of a technology that can meet this market need will bolster the American economy and increase American competitiveness.

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