Integrative Communications Effects Environment

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