DataSoft Awarded SBIR Phase I Contract for Research into the Internet of Things for Body Area Networks
Tempe, Arizona – July 15, 2016 – DataSoft is proud to announce the award of a US Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract under the topic number A16-070. Project Manager Tactical Radios (PM TR) under PEO C3T initiated this research topic for developing a technique and methodology to implement the Internet of Things (IoT) in a novel way for the Body Area Networks (BAN)s of dismounted soldiers. The BAN may consist of wearable health sensors, position location devices, etc. for the purpose of collecting, recording and analyzing data streams faster and more accurately.
The proliferation of smartphones and BLE technologies over the past 5+ years has created the perfect environment for the explosion of the IoT. These same technologies can be exploited in a tactical military environment to collect soldier biometric data for analysis and assessment – and potentially other types of sensor data (terrain, CBRNE detection, electronic warfare, etc.) for enhanced situational awareness (SA) and command and control (C2) decision making. An enabling technology for the military that is currently being fielded is tactical networking at the platoon level in the form of Rifleman Radios running the Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) and the Nett Warrior End User Device (EUD). These networks are connected via gateways back to the Company and above for C2 including SA and battlefield assessments. This SBIR Phase I is focused on developing BAN architecture for the dismounted soldier that allows body worn sensors to be network connected. This BAN will also be connected to the tactical network for data sharing with upper echelons for increased SA and monitoring.
The DataSoft solution will be designed to provide faster and improved results for near real-time battlefield communication, control, planning, assessments, and decision-making. The IoT will provide near real-time monitoring of the Warfighter’s health and vital statistics. Future sensors may include nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) sensors, blast sensors, other terrain data, etc. such that the operations center has a better real-time picture of the entire battlefield.
The Phase I contract has a base period of 6 months during which DataSoft will research, report and demonstrate a novel solution with the IoT for BANs. An option period of 4 months may follow that would include additional analysis and engineering program plans for developing prototypes.
DataSoft specializes in low-power, small form-factor wireless solutions involving SDRs, IoT devices, Situation Awareness apps, MANET management software, and IP-based networking. Our technology portfolio includes programmable RF designs, tactical radio accessories, software libraries, Information Security expertise, and rapid prototyping capability. We design, manufacture, integrate, and support real-time embedded solutions for defense, commercial, and industrial communications. For additional information, visit www.datasoft.com