Seamless Sensor Network Communications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-05-C-0179
Agency Tracking Number: F045-015-0228
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-T015
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Suite A, 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: 054672662
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Richard Cagley
 Senior Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindberry
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
 Nancy R Lewis
 Office of Research
3227 Cheadle Hall
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
 (805) 893-4034
 Nonprofit college or university
Wireless communication systems must operate under challenging conditions. For instance, communication between two ground personnel within an urban environment may not be possible; there may be severe fading or attenuation due to the numerous obstacles present. At the same time, this lack of connectivity is seen as unacceptable from the perspective of the radio operator. A recent concept undergoing active research is to increase the reliability of radio systems by making them cooperative. Generally, instead of having a single radio bear the entire burden of communication, coordinated operation between itself and surrounding radios will better accomplish its tasks. Such a concept is the basis for our work on cognitive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO). Here, a distributed set of radios are able to simultaneously transmit coded data streams that are coherently combined at a central multi-antenna collector. Although the technique may be able to be applied to other radio systems, our current target application is wireless sensor networks (WSNs). Due to the limited resources available to individual wireless sensor nodes, each is severely limited in terms of power and range. In the proposed technique, we take advantage of the gains in information capacity offered by MIMO to increase link reliability.

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