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12 Phase I Selections from the 03.1 Solicitation

(In Topic Number Order)
INFORMATION SYSTEMS LABORATORIES, INC.
8130 Boone Blvd., Suite 500
Vienna, VA 22182
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(703) 448-1116
Mr. David Kirk
SOCOM 03-001       Awarded: 7/21/2003
Title:Small, Low Cost Emitter Geolocation System for use by SOF Personnel
Abstract:The geolocater developed under this SBIR will be based on an existing design developed under the DARPA Wolfpack program and adapted for the SOCOM mission. It will be a modular device operating as part of a SOF tool box, and will employ a set of algorithms that can be applied to the given emitter type to produce optimum geolocation results. The best algorithm for the situation will be chosen automatically with no soldier input. ISL will analyze and develop these algorithms under this SBIR. Raytheon will be a subcontractor to ISL for this effort, and will supply the brassboard hardware for the Phase I feasibility and Phase II performance demonstrations. This hardware developed under wolfpack, and will be tailored in brassboard form for this SOCOM sponsored effort. Previous analyses and test support a geolocation accuracy of about 10 meters, which represents targeting accuracy for some weapons and has potential for improvement. The algorithms to be analyzed, evaluated, and refined under this effort include traditional and model-based time and angle of arrival (ToA, AoA) as well as amplitude comparison direction finding, model-based power only and various coherent techniques. All of these techniques benefit from location diversity, which motivates the placement of the geolocation units in widespread locations. This technology and its realization in system form has application to other DoD agencies. Interest in the DARPA Wolfpack program has been high, and a number of users should also be interested in a less complex version for geolocation only. There are other potential users at the Federal and State levels, including US Customs, the Border Patrol, The DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies. Situations where cell phone or radio location is required are all potential applications.

WINDERMERE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS
2000 Windermere Court
Annapolis, MD 21401
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(410) 266-1792
Mr. Eric Kohls
SOCOM 03-001       Awarded: 6/24/2003
Title:Emitter Geolocation
Abstract:SOF tactical users currently lack a small, dynamic package with the capability to geolocate emitters that they may encounter, while stationary or on-the-move, in the course of their missions. Through the development of such a package, and integration with other components of the SOF tactical Joint Threat Warning System (JTWS) "toolbox", risks can be reduced, advantages, gained; and lives, saved; during dangerous missions. The objective of this proposal is to investigate the technologies needed to develop an integrated emitter geolocation system that meets SOF tactical user requirements. In teaming, Windermere IT Systems (WITS) and The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) provide competencies in all the major technological elements that will contribute to the successful development of a SOF tactical emitter geolocation system. Phase I of this initiative will focus on developing innovative prototype designs and system architectures for the Geolocation Field Unit (GFU) and JTWS base station receiver. To this end, the WITS / SwRI team will investigate advanced geolocation-relevant receivers; supporting subsystems such as antennas, RF, power, and GPS; mechanical packaging, concealments, and delivery mechanisms; as well as applicable LPI/LPD transmission technologies. A detailed cost analysis will be developed for both the GFU and the base station units. This system will have immediate use in the war in terrorism. Although designed primarily for SOF tactical operations, it will have applications in at least two PEO-IIs programs. It will also have application with the other military services (Marines and Army have expressed interest) and law enforcement agencies. Commercial applications are not difficult to foresee. The techniques developed in this effort are applicable to rapidly expanding commercial markets such as wireless surveillance, geolocation systems and wireless personal area networking. Furthermore, Windermere's past work with local and federal law enforcement suggests several applications for their mission environment. Both commercial and government technical personnel working in the surveillance arena could employ a networked wireless system such as this to reduce the manpower required to perform automated surveillance and geolocation activities. Another potential commercial application is the monitoring of assets.

F&H APPLIED SCIENCE ASSOC., INC.
P.O. Box 853
Moorestown, NJ 08057
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(856) 235-6781
Dr. Daniel S. Fischl
SOCOM 03-002       Awarded: 6/19/2003
Title:SOF Micro Lab
Abstract:The overall goal of this program is to build a compact, lightweight, portable laboratory kit that can be used to analyze chemistries, cell counts, parasites, bacteria, and other pathogens in blood, urine, and body fluids. Our proposed Portable Micro-Lab (PML) kit will be composed of two sub-systems: 1) Environmentally stable microdot test strips smaller than a stick of chewing gum and containing the individual solid phase assay chemistries 2) Hand-held electro-optic reader/processor The PML kit will be small, rugged, and easy-to-use. Within minutes and without bulky instrumentation or sample preparation, it will provide SOCOM field personnel test results. Additionally, these results can be stored electronically, analyzed, and transmitted wirelessly. The expected performance and features of the PML will far exceed that of anything currently available. In Phase I, we will show the feasibility of performing multiple blood tests, at the same time, from only one drop of untreated whole blood (no pre-treatment required) using microdot test strips and the hand-held electro-optic reader/processor. We will that the PML kit can be extended to other blood assays and additional body fluids. An overall system design approach will also be developed. The proposed Portable Micro-Lab (PML) kit will enable SOCOM field personnel to perform multiple chemical and biological assays in remote locations. The expected performance and features of the PML kit will far exceed that of anything currently available. It will be rugged, self-calibrating, and as easy-to-use as a home glucose meter. Additionally, no sample preparation will be required in the field. The small package, lightweight, and battery operation will allow it to be very portable. The system will require very small quantities of body fluid (i.e. one drop of blood) and the medical test results can be stored, compared to prior tests, analyzed, and transmitted wirelessly. In addition to SOCOM and other military applications, the Portable Micro-Lab can be customized for first responder (EMT, etc.), homeland security, emergency contingency, rural medicine, physician office lab (POL), and humanitarian aid organization applications. Additional spin-off technologies, devices, and applications are anticipated.

WAVE 80 BIOSCIENCES, INC.
144 Beulah St
San Francisco, CA 94117
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(415) 730-2850
Mr. Daniel J. Laser
SOCOM 03-002       Awarded: 6/18/2003
Title:SOF Micro Lab
Abstract:Wave 80 Biosciences, Inc. will develop a fully-automated biological fluids analysis system for use by Special Operations Forces (SOF). The compact, rugged Wave 80 SOF Micro Lab is capable of quickly and accurately performing a wide range of tests, including basic blood tests, urinalysis, and tests for parasites, bacteria, and other pathogens. The Wave 80 SOF Micro Lab consists of a reusable, PDA-sized handheld unit and inexpensive, disposable, credit-card-sized test cartridges. A new, patented microfluidic flow control technology is used to manipulate samples and reagents in the test cartridges, providing unparalleled system performance. Portable medical diagnostic devices for emergency medical responders and for use in developing countries. Possible home use markets.

EXTREME ENDEAVORS & CONSULTING
Robert C. Byrd Technology Center, 500 College Hill
Phillipi, WV 26416
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(304) 472-6446
Mr. Mike Masterman
SOCOM 03-003       Awarded: 6/4/2003
Title:SOF Life Support Monitor
Abstract:Special Operations Command has divided patient care into three phases, evacuation from the hazardous region, triage and transport, and hospital care. A device is required for Phase Two that can sample, monitor and display vital signs, log the parameters in memory for up to twenty-four hours and download vital sign information once the patient has arrived at the medical facility. This system will not only provide the medic with life saving information, it will also provide the medical staff at the hospital with the vital sign history during transport. Extreme Endeavors is proposing the Field Medical Monitoring System for this application (FiMMS). Special forces and other military personnel generally require medical care in less than hospitable environmental conditions, requiring the FiMMS to be durable and able to work in any conditions present on Earth. Extreme Endeavors specializes in development of equipment for austere environments and has experience in some of the world's most severe medical emergencies. Utilizing experiences that taught us how to develop electronics for Antarctica and inside burning structures, Extreme Endeavors will provide proof of concept for the FiMMS in this Phase I project. Extreme Endeavors main goal is to commercialize this product for SOCOM, with the stringent environmental specifications and aircraft worthiness specifications present within SOCOM, the FiMMS could easily be applied to the civilian sector. The Department of Defense is composed of 1,413,577 personnel as of September 2002, all of which could unfortunately require the use of this device. There are over 28,000 fire departments in the United States, all of which could utilize the FiMMS in responding to emergencies, being the first on scene of automotive accidents and other tragedies.

NOMADICS, INC.
1024 S. Innovation Way
Stillwater, OK 74074
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(405) 372-9535
Mr. Joel Roark
SOCOM 03-003       Awarded: 6/4/2003
Title:SOF Life Support Monitor
Abstract:Nomadics will undertake the development of a reduced footprint life support monitor for use in far-forward battle environments. Existing systems are bulky and weight constrained causing their ineffectiveness in scenarios where the warfighter is wounded and requires acute medical attention in a timely manner. The proposed system will rely on advancements being made to acute care medical sensors that are amenable to ruggedization and emerging sensors that offer significant advancements over existing technologies and products. Subsystem components will be interfaced to a modular embedded processing system for storage while input and information display will be provided via a handheld device. The envisioned device will play a significant role in acute care situations where personnel are in need of timely and accurate vital sign monitoring and provide a means by which monitored information can be stored. The product will be advancement over the state-of-art by attempting to reduce the logistical footprint, weight, and bulk of the life support-monitoring requirement. The target user is military medical personnel devoted to supplying care in far-forward engagements. Logical future customers are first responders such as firefighters, EMS, and police. These commercial avenues will be pursued after the primary customer need is met.

TRIDENT SYSTEMS, INC.
10201 Lee Highway, Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22030
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(703) 691-7780
Mr. Dan Bindbeutel
SOCOM 03-004       Awarded: 7/2/2003
Title:Enhanced Image Capture and Transfer Capability
Abstract:An essential task performed by Special Operations Forces (SOF) is the acquisition and distribution of intelligence information from remote locations. The value of this information for applications such as target identification can be greatly enhanced if it is augmented by the use of imagery. Digital images captured by SOF personnel at remote locations must be transmitted via satellite link to decision makers using tactical radio voice channels. This presents a problem to SOF users: these comms channels are both quite slow (normally 2400bps) and unreliable, while quality digital image files can easily be several hundred kilobytes in size; this results in very long transmission times, which can have a severe impact on mission effectiveness. In order to streamline this process as well as reduce the equipment footprint required for image acquisition, preparation, and transmission, Trident proposes the development of an integrated Tactical Imagery Communications Unit (TICU). This self-contained device will acquire images directly from digital still or video cameras, compress these images, and transmit them over tactical links. Trident will assess a number of approaches for implementation of this system and develop an innovative architecture for a low power, miniature device. The Tactical Imagery Communications Unit would provide a valuable tool for transmission of imagery from remote locations by easing the workload of SOF personnel, reducing their equipment requirements, and significantly speeding the transit time of imagery. A tool of this type would also have utility in any number of situations requiring image capture, compression, and transmission.

VIPMOBILE, INC.
17899 Lamson Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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(510) 583-0166
Mr. Rob Tow
SOCOM 03-004       Awarded: 6/27/2003
Title:VIPMobile Wearable Computer for SOF Reconnaissance Missions
Abstract:Current systems for the covert gathering of image data by SOF are limited to still images only and present cumbersome usability problems, including numerous swapping of memory cards between cameras and computers, insertion of the data controller card, and the need to use several programs in a standard general purpose user interface. Collection and transmission of video is currently not possible at all. The VIPMobile Wearable Computer (VWC) provides video capability with compression speeds that exceed commercial MPEG-2 encoders and achieves four times the compression ratio, with substantial power savings, in hardware. The VWC provides a custom user interface tailored to the specific tasks of simultaneously collecting and transmitting image data over military radios. Additionally, the VWC negates the need to swap cards, and interfaces cleanly via simple cables to a variety of digital still cameras and analog and digital video cameras. Audio collection and user annotation by audio are provided. The VWC is a small wearable computer based on the Linux OS with integrated display and control, and a secondary haptic/tactile control system operable in complete darkness. The VWC provides robust future extensibility via industry standard I/O such as USB and Firewire for future sensors including chemical and biological detection and SOF life support monitoring. Antipated benefits include a substantial increase in legacy radio capabilities by providing state-of-the-art 3D wavelet image and video compression technologies through a user-friendly compact wearable computer customized for military personnel, first responders (firefighters, medics, and police), and configurable for reconnaissance and combat unmanned sea/air/land vehicles. Potential commercial applications include sensor networks, surveillance cameras, hard disk recorders, peacekeeping missions, and compression cards for video phones.

MEGAWAVE CORP.
PO Box 614, 200 Shrewsbury St.
Boylston, MA 01505
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(508) 869-2700
Ms. Glynda O. Benham
SOCOM 03-005       Awarded: 6/27/2003
Title:Antenna Enhancements for SOF Applications
Abstract:During Special Reconnaissance (SR) missions, U.S. Special Operating Forces (SOF) require tactical VHF/UHF antennas with physical and electrical characteristics, as well as radiation performance, that significantly exceed those of the antennas currently issued with legacy radios. This proposal addresses the design and development of an Enhanced Antenna Suite (EAS) that can be tailored to SOF needs and configured depending on the nature of each mission. The planned EAS will provide enhanced mission effectiveness through improved LPI/LPD, visual covertness and overall link performance, while being portable, lightweight and easy to use in SR field environments. MegaWave proposes to combine recent experience in design, modeling and fabrication of its patented low-profile/broadband antennas, with innovative materials and technologies, to develop an EAS that addresses these mission requirements. In Phase I, we will work with the SOCOM COTR to define the performance goals for the EAS to establish a requirements framework for the subsequent efforts, optimize the antenna electrical performance using state of the art computer analysis, develop and identify the materials and processes necessary to implement the antennas, and conduct a "hands-on" demonstration to show the incremental progress achieved towards enhancement of SR mission capability and flexibility. Quick deployable antennas will find application for firefighters, emergency communications and other programs such as Unattended Ground Sensors and Wolfpack. Visually covert antennas can be used by the intelligence community and as an automobile glass antenna for terrestrial digital FM radio reception. All antennas in the suite will find use in the burgeoning Homeland Security area.

SYNTONICS LLC
9520 Bendix Road, North
Columbia, MD 21045
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(410) 480-7203
Mr. Bruce G. Montgomery
SOCOM 03-005       Awarded: 7/25/2003
Title:Antenna Enhancements for SOF Applications
Abstract:Syntonics will investigate and design a suite of tactical line-of-sight (LOS) antennas using some or all of these potential antenna configurations: Collapsing ("cigar-tube") Yagi; Fabric Yagi; Fabric corner reflector; Rhombic wire; Draped wire; and Fabric patch. Additional configurations may also be identified and investigated during Phase I. Design alternatives will be traded against each other considering factors such as antenna pattern and gain performance, easy of operation, weight, covertness, and field reliability/robustness. Once a notional suite of antennas is defined and reviewed with SOCOM, conceptual designs will be prepared and analyzed for each antenna in the suite. Breadboard antennas will be built and characterized. The designs will give the Special Operations Command (SOCOM) a comprehensive set of reconnissance antennas that address the full range of mission scenarios. Prototype units of the entire antenna suite will be designed in detail and and tested during Phase II. Compact, covert, field-rugged antennas for personal VHF/UHF radios would have an appeal beyond SOF special reconnaissance missions. Any military application with a personal radio operating in the VHF or UHF bands represents a potential market, both in the U.S. military and our allied militaries. Hobbyists interested in field use of small radios also represent a potential market.

IROBOT CORP.
63 South Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803
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(781) 345-0200
Mr. David Barrett
SOCOM 03-006       Awarded: 7/10/2003
Title:Self-Mobile Trailier
Abstract:iRobot proposes to design a XTV (eXtreme Terrain Vehicle) to carry significant combat loads for SOF foot patrols to objective areas. The XTV is fully amphibious and has a novel 6WDrive, 6WSteer active suspension/adaptive traction system powered by a run silent hybrid diesel/electric drive. It can transit mountain paths, fast flowing rivers and cluttered urban alleys, either autonomously or by remote telop via PackBot OCU. The XTV could significantly enhance the SOF warfighting capabilites by getting heavier combat loads further into the objective area faster. The XTV also has large dual use potential in the agricultural, construction and security markets

MICRO ANALYSIS & DESIGN, INC.
4949 Pearl East Circle, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80301
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(303) 442-6947
Mr. David Dahn
SOCOM 03-006       Awarded: 7/31/2003
Title:Self-Mobile Trailier
Abstract:The combat load for today's individual Special Operations Forces warfighter is 100 pounds or more, which is unacceptably high. Lighter loads will reduce SOF operator fatigue, and increase his ability to move greater distances in a shorter time than is possible today. As a solution to this problem, we propose to design a self-mobile trailer, a robotic "mule" capable of carrying loads up to 1000 pounds - cargo and seated or litter-borne personnel - and autonomously trailing a foot patrol over rough terrain. The team we have assembled for this work has unparalleled experience designing robotic vehicles, and we expect to leverage work on similar vehicles to rapidly assemble and evaluate design concepts. The Phase I work will result in an overall system design concept with supporting analysis that leads directly into the construction of a detailed design and prototype in Phase II. We see opportunity for marketing to the Army and Marine Corp for deep reconnaissance missions that would be similar to SOCOM mission demands, as well as potential commercial applications in security and warehousing, and as a supply carrier for smoke jumpers fighting fires in rough terrain. The principal benefit of a self-mobile trailer is in reducing SOF operator combat loads, increasing their endurance, and improving their situational awareness. Our proposed design is highly adaptable, allowing the vehicle to be configured for seated personnel, MEDEVAC, and cargo transport. The design will produce a vehicle capable of nearly silent operation, with extremely low visible, thermal, acoustic and radar signature. The vehicle will be highly mobile, capable of autonomously trailing a foot patrol over challenging terrain and fording small rivers. It will have a simple, man-wearable Operator Control Unit designed to facilitate operator mobility. The vehicle will be equipped with self-protection measures to prevent use by enemy forces.