Compact, wearable IFF laser beacon with enhanced data transmission capability

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8651-11-C-0134
Agency Tracking Number: F093-100-2033
Amount: $997,652.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: AF093-100
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
2223 Eastman Ave., Suite B, Ventura, CA, 93003-8050
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Falgun Patel
 Program Manager
 (805) 642-4645
Business Contact
 John Baumann
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (805) 642-4645
Research Institution
ABSTRACT: The objective of this Phase II program is to develop a battery operated, friend or foe identification beacon (IFF Beacon) technology that is compact and can be worn on the warfighter as part of standard gear. The IFF beacon will project a high brightness beam across a hemisphere allowing standard pods on military aircraft (Blackhawk, Apache, etc.) to detect and identify friendly troops on the ground. In addition, the IFF beacon will have data transmission capability based on an IR pulsed laser that is fully integrated into the device. This laser based beacon technology will allow the warfighter to project his position for long ranges up to 15-20 km. The Aerius Photonics IFF beacon will be ruggedized for warfighter use and the hardware delivered to the customer at the end of the program. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits of the technology are a reduction in SWaP and cost for a commercial grade system that is suitable for law enforcement, security, and search and rescue. A comparable device does not currently exist. The IFF laser beacon to be developed has many applications in defense and other markets. In addition to Department of Defense customers, the product would also be of use to police forces, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Coast Guard. During Phase II, Aerius will approach Prime DoD suppliers, as well as suppliers to police forces, DHS and the Coast Guard to establish sales and distribution channels addressing these markets. Early discussions with two Prime DoD suppliers, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman have already taken place. Demand for the personnel tag devices market could grow to several thousand per month in a few years.

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