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Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Army | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2016

Most combat casualty care systems are based on proprietary hardware and software, which make it difficult to achieve transparent wireless capabilities for monitoring, storage, and communications integration with both civilian and military networks. Moreover, tactical networks tend to be heterogeneous and dynamic. Under such unfriendly networking conditions, it is critical yet challenging to provide casualty care units the reliable and secure access to the latest medical information from any location on the battlefield. Furthermore, strong security requirements must be satisfied in the above medical data access. To address these issues, IAI is developing a Secure Wireless Architecture for Combat Casualty Care (SWAC3) system that can enable robust, secure and efficient sharing of medical data among medical units to improve combat casualty care. The focus of SWAC3 system is to develop a tactical medical data cloud that can provide the distributed medical data storage, data processing, and data presentation services with a web/mobile based user interface. In Phase I, we performed feasibility studies and preliminary system implementation, and demonstrated the feasibility of SWAC3 system. In Phase II, we will refine our design and further develop a fully functional prototype system.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 748.28K | Year: 2016

Today, many canine teams are dispatched in tactical operations that typically involve critical activities such as narcotics/explosives detection, suspect pursuit/apprehension, etc. A canine-mounted tracking and video/audio streaming capability is highly valuable in such cases as it can provide the canine handler and remote observers with precise and up-to-date situational awareness of ongoing events. The current price point of COTS products for such application is, however, still too high for every K9 unit in the country to afford them, and they do not yet fully satisfy typical canine team's needs. To overcome such technical challenges, IAI has previously proposed CAMEL (Canine Mounted Encompassing Locator), a low-cost, rugged, and allweather wireless video/audio and location streaming system to be carried by a canine during the operations for providing the canine handler and remote observers with real-time tactical situational awareness as well evidence recording capability. The key innovation in the proposed effort is CAMEL-2, the second generation of the CAMEL concept prototypes that is fully operational in relevant environments. The expected contribution of CAMEL-2 to the tactical canine industry is: 1) A robust canine positioning and tracking capability; 2) An effective situational awareness capability; and 3) A reliable evidence recording and archiving capability.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Navy | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 750.00K | Year: 2016

The Micro Identification Friend or Foe Transponder (MIFFT) proposed by IAI will be capable of receiving the interrogations as required (Mode 1, 2, 3/A, C, S, 4, 5 Level 2 Broadcast), providing the related replies, and managing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance- Broadcast (ADS-B) In (TIS-B and FIS-B messages) and ADS-B Out messages complying at a minimum with the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mark XII System (AIMS) 03-1000B and Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-260B, within a volume of 3.5 in3. The proposed Phase II effort will carry forward the trade study, prototype results and concept design generated in Phase I, to develop a fully functional MIFFT prototype that can be compliance tested and integrated with Group-2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the RQ-21A.

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 750.00K | Year: 2016

Conventional SAR operates in the Stripmap mode. Wide unambiguous swath coverage and high azimuth resolution pose contradictory requirements on the design of SAR systems. A promising technique to overcome this limitation is Digital Beam-Forming (DBF) on receive where the receiving antenna is split into multiple sub-apertures. This provides the capability of forming multiple beams via post-processing. DBF techniques applied to SAR systems can increase receiving antenna gain without a reduction of the imaged area and suppress interference signals. A highly capable DBSAR instrument design would consist of wideband Transmitter-Receiver Module (TRM), precise multi-channel timing and synchronization and reconfigurable processing engine that can host the SAR processing, calibration and control routines. IAI?s proposed approach is modular, scalable and meets the NASA goals of developing an innovative analog/digital hardware design for the implementation of distributed DBSAR architectures.

Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2015

We propose to further design, develop and test a portable, multi-modal, reliable and sensitive non-destructive inspection (NDI) tool (NEWS-SIR) for in-process and post-production assessment of manufacturing defects in metallic and composite system components. It is able to scan over large scale structures with complex geometries and is much more sensitive to micro-damages than the most commonly used linear ultrasonic counterpart. This multi-modal non-destructive evaluation (NDE) approach enables a very high Probability of Detection (PoD) at high through-put, and allows fine characterization of small defects (microcracks, porosities, etc.) on or below structure surface. The final prototype sensor hardware/software will be effective and low cost. Approved for Public Release 15-MDA-8169 (20 March 15)

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