DataSoft Awarded SBIR Phase II Contract for Research into the Internet of Things for Body Area Networks
Tempe, Arizona – June 26, 2017 – DataSoft is proud to announce the award of a US Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract under the topic number A16‐070. The Army initiated this research topic for the purpose of 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 sensor data from individual BANs contribute to enhanced Situational Awareness (SA) and improved Command and Control (C2) decision making.
From the phase I award, DataSoft successfully designed seamless integration of a BAN concept using various wearable sensors and our Soldier‐Area Methodology for Smart Object Networking (SAMSON). Further, we demonstrated through modeling and simulation that SAMSON makes it possible for BAN data to be delivered using current tactical network resources, with minimal impact on higher‐priority uses of those networks.
For phase II, DataSoft has proposed development of the SAMSON aggregator app for individual BANs. As an Android app, SAMSON can be integrated with the Army’s Nett Warrior End User Device (EUD) and aggregate the data from various body‐worn sensors. We will develop a common Bluetooth interface for commercial off‐the‐shelf sensor devices and develop bandwidth‐aware transmit algorithms within SAMSON. DataSoft will integrate SAMSON at the tactical network level, taking advantage of our Manet Management Protocol (MMP) technology to ensure efficient and minimal bandwidth usage across the Rifleman Radio Solder Radio Waveform (SRW) network. The SRW networks are connected via gateways back to the Company and above for C2 including SA and battlefield assessments. As a result, the DataSoft SAMSON solution will provide faster and improved results for near real‐time battlefield communication, control, planning, assessments, and decision‐making.
The Phase II award is based on a two‐year timeframe starting in the fall of 2017. During that period, DataSoft will develop, demonstrate and validate the BAN technologies in realistic scenarios. DataSoft will deliver SAMSON and MMP software, test plans and results, and reports with future plans for commercialization of the BAN solution.
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