Secure Plant Operations Data Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9101-08-M-0011
Agency Tracking Number: F073-136-0660
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: AF073-136
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Small Business Information
6800 Cortona Drive, 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 Lindbery
Title: Director of Finance and Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Research Institution
From a technical perspective, providing secure and reliable wireless communication in a plant setting presents an array of challenges. In particular, there are difficult engineering trades that must be made between probability of signal detection and interception, against reliability of signal transmission and associated issues such as localization. As there are no existing off-the-shelf waveforms that satisfy the stated system requirements Toyon proposes to develop a software defined radio (SDR) waveform that incorporates a range of state-of-the-art features. While ultawideband is an appealing technology due to its low probability of detection, its limited range and susceptibility to interface precludes its use for this effort. Instead, Toyon will base our system on direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS), using cyclic code shift keying (CCSK) as the spreading waveform to minimize probability of interception and detection. 256-bit AES encryption with public key sharing will be employed, making it virtually impossible to intercept data from system communications. Time-of-flight estimation from the wireless physical layer will be used for localization. Providing a complete system, Toyon’s SDR platform will be used for Phase I demonstration. The platform is well suited to custom application layer development, such as voice-over-IP, voice-to-text translation, and bridging to WLANs.

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