Expendable Local Area Sensors in a Tactically Interconnected Cluster (ELASTIC)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0390
Agency Tracking Number: 05ST1-0108
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: ST051-009
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
TOYON RESEARCH CORP.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
Duns: 054672662
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Wiatt
 Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
 mwiatt@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and C
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
 JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
 Helen Tanabe
 Mail Stop 249-102 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA, 91109
 (818) 354-2487
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Obtaining situational awareness in tactical operations often involves high risk to personnel and/or equipment. The ELASTIC concept is to overcome this problem through the use of very low-cost, yet sophisticated, rapidly-deployable imaging sensors. Features of our proposed concept include use of highly portable equipment and support of a range of operational scenarios. Both of these features are made possible through our use of digital video and advanced communications layers. For these reasons, the ELASTIC concept can provide not only situational awareness in a traditional sense, but can be used in a broader strategic sense. One of the primary distinguishing features of our proposed concept is that our wireless hardware and associated algorithms support seamless connectivity between any two points in a multi-hop network. Features include ad hoc link setup and operation through a fully distributed medium access control (MAC) and source-drive networking layer. The complete hardware and software residing on the MCU are meant to have ultra-low power standby (microWatt) for weeks to months of field operation. The complete package is highly integrated, reliable, and very low cost.

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