A Heterogeneous Network Integration Approach for Tactical Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-11-C-0198
Agency Tracking Number: O103-AN2-1072
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD10-AN2
Solicitation Number: 2010.3
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Julia Deng
 Principal Scientist
 (301) 294-5209
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
The future airborne network will be capable of supporting diverse heterogeneous networks (subnets). The constellation of ISR, C2 and Targeting networks are example subnet technologies. However, these networks currently only provide their own mission specific implementations, operate at different frequency bands, use different waveforms, and provide limited autonomous switching and routing capability. To enable networked information exchange, in this proposal, Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI) proposes an innovative heterogeneous network integration solution. Our approach exploits existing technologies (e.g. commercial routers practices, terrestrial address and name services), and makes them more applicable to the dynamic tactical networks. First, an automatic router configuration mechanism is proposed, which allows the routers to automatically select and configure an appropriate link and routing protocol based on network connectivities, link conditions, and policies. Second, an integrated robust and auto-configurable network service framework is proposed to provide robustness, scalability, efficiency, and auto-configuration. Third, by leverage COTS routers we propose to build a hybrid multi-interface router and test the proposed technology. We will demonstrate the core functions of the proposed solution, including autonomous routing and link selection, dynamic routing auto-configuration, and dynamic address and name services under various network dynamics.

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