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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$750,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0390
Award Id:
74369
Agency Tracking Number:
05ST1-0108
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator:
Michael Wiatt
Analyst
(805) 968-6787
mwiatt@toyon.com
Business Contact:
Marcella Lindbery
Director of Finance and C
(805) 968-6787
mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institute:
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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