Integrative Communications Effects Environment

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$729,590.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W9115U-11-C-0005
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4496
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A09-142
Solicitation Number:
2009.3
Small Business Information
Architecture Technology Corporation
9977 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
052062833
Principal Investigator:
Jordan Bonney
Architecture Technology C
(952) 829-5864
jbonney@atcorp.com
Business Contact:
Kenneth Thurber
President
(952) 829-5864
kthurber@atcorp.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
The proposed Integrative Communications Effects Environment (ICEE) enables the creation of a"mixed-mode"test environment where live, virtual, and constructive nodes can exchange data with one another during realtime test execution. ICEE bridges the mixed-mode testing capability gap, combining constructive (simulated), virtual (mostly real hardware), and live (completely real hardware) nodes. ICEE solves the problems that have traditionally plagued operational testing of mobile, wireless communications networks such as repeatability, operational realism, scalability, and spectrum interference. Traditional approaches to mobile, wireless system test/evaluation include live, virtual, and constructive experiments, but the three approaches are rarely combined; when they are, the communications effects are not handled at the physical layer, and as a result repeatability is difficult, and potential spectrum-interference issues abound. ICEE integrates the live and virtual approaches with physical-layer RF emulation, leaving the incorporation of constructive nodes to the commercial network-simulator market (e.g., OPNET, ns-3, and QualNet).

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