Shipboard Wireless Management, Repair, and Tracking System (SWiM-RTS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00167-02-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: N02-037-03
Amount: $65,273.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
9971 Valley View Road, Eden Prairie, MN, 55344
DUNS: 052062833
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jordan Bonney
 Sr. R&D Engineer
 (952) 829-5864
Business Contact
 Kenneth Thruber
Title: President
Phone: (952) 829-5864
Research Institution
"This proposal presents a new method for tracking large numbers of assets with RFID tags using wireless-LAN technology. An innovative approach to dispersing RFID readers and wireless LAN nodes is presented, as is an approach to a fully-wireless LANinfrastructure. The end user of the proposed system accesses information relating to an RFID tag from a handheld computer. While this handheld computer is not directly connected to an RFID reader, the wireless-LAN infrastructure enables the handheldcomputer to gather information from nearby readers and in turn fetch associated asset information. An innovative method for providing visual feedback from queried assets is also presented. SWiM-RTS is intended to provide a complete asset tracking andmaintenance-information system for shipboard environments. The concept is easily adaptable to any asset-tracking environment, especially those that can benefit from wireless LAN technology. The technology that allows a user with no RFID reader to gatherinformation on assets within close proximity to the user is expected to be marketed through the proposing firm's commercial-software distribution channels. Design and implementation of similar systems is expected to be marketed as a consulting service."

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