Individualized Reradiating RF Tag with Unique DNA and Integrated Antenna for Enhanced Anti-Counterfeit Markings

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
HQ0147-13-C-7348
Agency Tracking Number:
B122-026-0449
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
MDA12-026
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Small Business Information
Nokomis, Inc
310 5th St., Charleroi, PA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
187594788
Principal Investigator
 Bogdan Pathak
 Senior R&D Engineer
 (419) 866-0936
 bpathak@nokomisinc.com
Business Contact
 Gena DiSimoni
Title: SBIR Director
Phone: (724) 483-3946
Email: gdisimoni@nokomisinc.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
This proposal seeks to develop a unique tag that will re-emit an individualized signature when in the presence of a low level RF field to definitively determine the lineage of a marked part. The signature detection apparatus will leverage Nokomis"Advanced Detection of Electronic Counterfeits (ADEC) technology to allow for detection of extremely faint re-radiation. The individualized reradiating RF tags that will be developed under this effort will be made using a combination of customized integrated print-on antennas and unique DNA-encoded electrical components. The sensitivity of the DNA-based RF tags to changes in physical structure will provide at least 10,000 unique markings (the actual number will likely be in the millions). The antennas will compound that level of uniqueness at least a thousand-fold using different combinations of printed elements. In addition, Nokomis will demonstrate marker persistence after physical handling and temperature excursions, marker destruction after surface modification by sanding and blacktop recoat, sandblasting, and mechanical lapping, and detection of inherent electromagnetic signals from part circuitry.

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