Seamless Sensor Network Communications

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9550-04-C-0074
Award Id:
67940
Agency Tracking Number:
F045-015-0228
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Suite A, 75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
RichardCagley
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
rcagley@toyon.com
Business Contact:
MarcellaLindbery
Director of Contracts/Finance
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institute:
UC, Santa Barbara
Ronald A Iltis
Dept. of ECE, Eng. I, University of California
Santa Barbara, CA, 93106
(805) 893-4166
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Toyon/UCSB proposes to research and design architectures for sensor networks to efficiently communicate to antenna array enabled collectors. Communication will take place in a coordinated fashion such that space-time coding can be employed. This technique can be exploited for a variety of purposes ranging from distribution of signal transmission, for even dispersion of communication load each sensor must handle, to environmental consideration such as low probability of interception (LPI)/detection (LPD) or anti-jam requirements. While multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and space-time coding has been heavily researched for systems employing antenna arrays, on both transmit and receive portions of a communications link, its application to sensor networks presents a unique set of challenges. Some of these include the appropriate partitioning of information among the sensors and associated coding to be employed. Furthermore, resource management must be employed to efficiently coordinate sensor activity. Such management will involve gathering information on network connectivity and channel states, through techniques such as sounding, as well as determining transmission parameters for individual sensors. Due to a well rounded combination of experience and academic background, our Toyon/UCSB team is well positioned to analyze and provide practical solutions to the proposed problem.

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