Shipboard V-Band Wireless Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N65538-05-M-0166
Agency Tracking Number: N051-042-0882
Amount: $69,903.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-042
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
700 King Farm Boulevard, Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20850
DUNS: 007959281
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 William Brown
 Principal Investigator
 (301) 670-6779
 bbrown@aeptec.com
Business Contact
 Steven Chen
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (301) 670-6779
Email: schen@aeptec.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The frequency band centered around 60 GHz is characterized by an increased level of attenuation caused by the absorption of millimeter waves by the oxygen in the atmosphere. This unique property makes 60 GHz an ideal frequency for designing highly secure networks for use on-board Navy ships. For this Phase 1 study, we propose to investigate the design of a frequency up/down converter to take 802.11 signals and translate them to the 60 GHz band for transmission. Upon reception, the signals are translated back to the lower frequency band. This converter is an appliqué, so minimal changes need be made to the existing wireless hardware. Indeed, this approach allows for dual mode operation. This appliqué, coupled with AEPTEC's line of highly secure, FIPS certified 802.11 wireless products will be a cost effective approach to meet the Navy's need for secure wireless connectivity. Also as part of the phase 1 effort, we will study the propagation environment on board a Navy ship and suggest an effective network topology to mitigate the deleterious effects typically seen at millimetric frequencies.

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