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7 Phase I Selections from the 01.2 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, INC.
429 West Airline Highway, Suite S
LaPlace, LA 70068
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(985) 652-1127
Dr. Zeinab A. Sabri
SOCOM 01-006      Awarded: 03DEC01
Title:Head-Mounted and Wrist-Mounted SOF Tactical Information Displays
Abstract:This Phase I SBIR Project will involve performance of a study to evaluate current commercial display technologies, head-mounted and wrist-mounted display configurations, and software that could fulfill the SOF requirements. The study will emphasize identification of the best display at the lowest power consumption. Based on the evaluation of current practice, innovative technology ideas will be presented to offer significant added value to and that can be embedded into portable tactical systems that are safe, reliable and economical. Accordingly, designs will be developed for Phase II for SOF Tactical Information Display (STID) to enhance personal and/or team performance through the use of tactical information assistants. The STID will have a wide appeal within the commercial sector and could be used effectively by a vast portion of military, civilian law enforcement and emergency services, as well as construction firms, the trucking industry, and other industries such as taxi companies. The STID would provide a high-resolution video interface for cellular telephones, other Personal Digital Assistants, as well as military, police, and emergency radios. These displays would permit users to view transmitted maps, location data, pictures, messages, and full motion video. It could also interface with portable CD-ROM or DVD drives to display maps, charts, pictures, full motion video, etc. It could have wide civilian applications.

TRIDENT SYSTEMS, INC.
10201 Lee Highway, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
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(703) 691-7780
Mr. Dan Bindbeutel
SOCOM 01-006      Awarded: 06DEC01
Title:SOF Tactical Information Assistant
Abstract:The effectiveness of team-oriented tactical operations by SOF is greatly enhanced by the ability to tightly coordinate the actions of team members. In particular, advances in miniature commercial computer display technologies show promise for providing a powerful tool for disseminating information to team members. This display capability, coupled with advances in personal digital assistants (PDAs) for managing information and in wireless networking for disseminating that information, could be combined to form a powerful instrument for enhancing situational awareness and coordinating the activities of SOF personnel. Trident proposes to develop such a system, a SOF Tactical Information Display (STID), that combines wrist- and head-mounted miniature display devices with Bluetooth short-range wireless communications links for interfacing to other personal electronic equipment. Trident, working with Digital System Resources, Inc., will evaluate available miniature display technologies to select the best solution in terms of image quality, power consumption, and ruggedness. Trident will develop a control unit around the display that will process and format for display data received over the Bluetooth link. Trident will also develop an interface for other equipment that can be used to send data (imagery, text, sensor data, etc.) to the STID. The SOF Tactical Information Display would provide a valuable tool for providing situational awareness to battlefield personnel. The data networking capabilities of its Bluetooth interface would allow input from a wide range of personal electronics, and would support resource sharing and short-range audio communications among personnel. A display module of this type would also have utility in any number of situations requiring hands-free access to multimedia information, as well as teleconferencing and training applications.

WINDERMERE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM
2000 Windermere Court
Annapolis, MD 21401
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(410) 266-1827
Mr. Rick Trudeau
SOCOM 01-006      Awarded: 04DEC01
Title:SOF Tactical Information Assistant
Abstract:This proposal provides potential solutions for the implementation of head-mounted and wrist-mounted wireless displays. This Phase I effort will identify and evaluate custom and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. The SOF Tactical Information Display (STID) can be used to provide hands-free viewing of data sent from a wearable computer or PDA. .Phase I will include display evaluations as well as potential portable computer and optional accessories. Design considerations will provide the best solution with the lowest power consumption and environmental survivability. The physical size of the STID is influenced by the display selected, the wireless transmission used, ruggedness, and battery life requirements. The necessary tradeoffs will be made to provide a practical solution. Phase I determines which approach best fits the requirements of SOCOM. It will result in a detailed, in-depth, technical report identifying the risk areas, and recommending the approach(s). Components to be used in designing, fabricating and testing in the Phase II, will be presented in this report. The performance analysis and experimental results of Phase I will be detailed. An in-depth cost estimate for the Phase II development and test effort will also be provided. This program will provide improved technologies for wearable computing platforms. It will investigate existing commercial systems, identify needed technology upgrades for wireless displays, and integrate these technologies into tactical information assistants. The potential commercialization of this technology includes usage by law enforcement, military, emergency services, transportation industries, and construction firms.

CENTER FOR REMOTE SENSING, INC.
11350 Random Hills Rd., Suite 710
Fairfax, VA 22030
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(703) 385-7717
Dr. Suman Ganguly
SOCOM 01-007      Awarded: 20DEC01
Title:Body Worn Broadband Antenna
Abstract:Tactical data communications for military ground operations require multi-band and multi-channel operations. The constraints imposed by electromagnetic and survivability considerations dictate that the communication antenna be as low profile as possible, without severely compromising the ability of the warfighter to communicate even when operating under marginal propagation conditions. In this effort we propose novel techniques for designing ultra-wideband antennas that will exhibit satisfactory gain and impedance performance over the specified frequency bandwidth. The multiple elements of the antenna in the HF to UHF range can be used as a DF antenna. We use fractal structures for broadbanding of the elements. We propose to follow a strategy that first selects candidate antenna configurations that have the potential for broadbanding, and then apply a genetic engineering approach to loading and matching the antenna to achieve extremely wide bandwidths. We plan to produce a prototype design at the end of Phase I and to also investigate the feasibility of manufacturing the same in the follow-on effort (Phase II). The proposed scheme based on the use of the Genetic Algorithm (GA) is new and holds an excellent promise for designing ultra-wideband antennas for the warfighter. The proposed antenna will have widespread applications in various military operations, including SINCGARS, National Guards, Naval and Air Force Operations, as well as in the FAA, among others. The antenna will also satisfy the demands of wideband vehicular communications involving ISDN, spread spectrum, video, multimedia, and so on.

MEGAWAVE CORP.
PO Box 614, 200 Shrewsbury St.
Boylston, MA 01505
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(508) 869-2700
Ms. Glynda Benham
SOCOM 01-007      Awarded: 18DEC01
Title:Tactical Body Worn RF Antenna Vest
Abstract:This proposal describes the development of a conformal body worn antenna subsystem to be integrated into a tactical vest that is capable of operating in both an omnidirectional threat detection mode and a direction finding mode. In Phase I, the performance goals for the antenna subsystem will be established, and antenna configurations capable of meeting these objectives will be defined and analyzed both in free space and in the presence of the human body. Performance estimates including radiation pattern, gain, bandwidth and VSWR will be made using computational methods such as Finite Difference Time Domain. It is proposed to investigate designs based on the combination of impedance loading and meanderline loaded antennas (MLA) both of which have been patented. This approach will result in a low profile antenna that will have the desired 10:1 bandwidth for the initial development. Techniques for switching and combining the components of the MLA will also be examined and a preliminary prototype will be demonstrated at the end of Phase I. State-of-the art materials will be used to implement the antenna elements so that they are lightweight, extremely rugged and launderable. Body conformal VHF/UHF antenna systems that can be incorporated into military clothing will enhance mission effectiveness since they eliminate the need to stop and setup a separate antenna. Commercial benefits include antennas for multifunction wearable applications and electronic apparel.

WAVEBAND CORP.
375 Van Ness Ave, Suite 1105
Torrance, CA 90501
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(310) 212-7808
Dr. Vladimir Litvinov
SOCOM 01-007      Awarded: 07DEC01
Title:Body Worn Antenna Vest
Abstract:WaveBand Corporation proposes to develop a new type of reduced size flexible or rigid antennas that can be mounted on the web gear or the vest of a tactical user. The requirements of both omni-directional and directional antennas as well as of multiband operation will be satisfied within a fractal design approach. Based on the antennas, a system for directional and direction finding operations will be designed and then fabricated and implemented in Phase II. We anticipate a possible extension of the proposed concept to combine the benefits of fractal antennas with some electronic beam steering options. Low cost reduced-size antennas have a large number of civilian and dual-use applications in the realm of RF and microwave antennas, devices, and systems for communications and signal collection needed in the broadband communications market.

WINDERMERE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM
2000 Windermere Court
Annapolis, MD 21401
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(410) 266-1813
Mr. Alex Abler
SOCOM 01-007      Awarded: 13DEC01
Title:Tactical Body Worn RF Antenna Vest
Abstract:Tactical SOF users must currently stop moving and set up equipment to perform radio frequency (RF) detection and direction finding (DF). In response to SOCOM SBIR 01-007, this proposal seeks to permit "on-the-move", hands-free RF detection and DF by designing an antenna suitable for these purposes into common, existing web gear or protective vest. This effort will design a tactical, body worn antenna system which will support both intercept and DF applications, operating from 100 MHz to 1 GHz, with a goal to extend the operating range from 2 MHz to 40 GHz. Specifically, we propose researching alternative antenna types, and performing a detailed system design based on the results of our research coupled with substantive interaction with SOF users. Specifically, multiple antennas suitable for body worn applications will be investigated, including fractals, patches, composites, and conductible cloth. Designs suitable for both intercept and DF will be evaluated, with a goal of combining both functions into an array that can be integrated into the SPEAR vest worn by the user. Comparative analysis will be performed to determine the best overall design. Size, weight, technical performance, reliability, power consumption, cost, and ease of integration will be primary criteria for the analysis Although this system is being initially developed for SOCOM applications, commercial applications are not difficult to foresee. The extensibility of the bodyworn techniques developed in this effort to biotelemetry and wireless personal area networking are apparent as these technology areas are rapidly expanding in the commercial market. Furthermore, Windermere's past work with local and federal law enforcement suggests several applications for their mission environment. Other military services (e.g. The Army/Fort Huachaca) have expressed specific interest in the technology developed in this SBIR. Both commercial and government technical personnel working in the Technical Security and Countermeasures arena could employ a bodyworn DF antenna system to identify and locate the source of questionable emanations. Should commercial applications be pursued, bodyworn antennas and bodyworn DF systems have numerous applications, including radio frequency interference mitigation, biomedical signaling, biotelemetry, and numerous wireless personal area network (e.g. BLUETOOTH) applications. Windermere at present has commercial products, many of which have been the results of commercialization of government development efforts. These products have provided other government agencies with products, without incurring the expense of development. Windermere has numerous military and law enforcement customers who have benefited from these commercialization efforts