Wide-area Environmental Sensing and AlerTing Networks (WESTnets)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC133R11CN0135
Agency Tracking Number: 11-150
Amount: $94,428.18
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: 8.4.1W
Solitcitation Number: 1
Small Business Information
Salo IT Solutions, Inc.
1313 5th Street SE, Mail Unit 86, Minneapolis , MN, 55414-4504
Duns: 014776954
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Timothy Salo
 (612) 605-6896
Business Contact
 Timothy Salo
Title: President
Phone: (612) 605-6896
Email: salo@saloits.com
Research Institution
Salo IT Solutions, Inc. will design and implement the Wide-area, Environmental Sensing and alterTing network (WESTnet) protocols, a next-generation suite of wireless network protocols that will provide enhanced services for hydrologic warning systems and other large-scale, wide-area environmental monitoring activities. The WESTnet protocols will offer significant functionality over that available with the existing solutions; they will also provide an upgrade for both the original ALERT protocol, which is widely deployed in hydrologic warning systems, and the more recent ALERT2 protocols. They will provide two-way communications, which will enable hydrologic warning systems to remotely control devices such as distant warning sirens, as well as manage nodes remotely. The WESTnet protocols can coexist with the ALERT protocol or the ALERT2 network. Perhaps more importantly, the WESTnet protocols will permit shared networks to be deployed that support both near-real-time hydrologic warning and non-real-time environmental monitoring, such as water quality monitoring. These shared networks may permit costs to be shared between, for example, a hydrologic warning system and an environmental monitoring system that covers the same geographical area.

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