Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for Tactical Networks (DHCP-T)

Period of Performance: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

$1000K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Architecture Technology Corp.
9971 Valley View Road Array
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Rapid and accurate initialization and reconfiguration of network devices provide the foundation for a robust tactical network needed to enable agile mission operations. In Phase I of this SBIR, Architecture Technology Corporation (ATCorp), in collaboration with Future Skies ??? the lead developer of the Army???s Command and Control Registry (C2R), established the feasibility of an innovative technology called Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for Tactical Networks (DHCP-T) through detailed design and a proof-of-concept demonstration (or rapid prototype). Addressing the need identified by the Army for automated network-parameter assignment to network devices in the tactical environments, DHCP-T will eliminate time-consuming manual configuration of network devices in mission command systems and dynamically assign network parameters based on mission needs. Developed on industry standards, DHCP-T includes an extensible architecture capable of handling a variety of network devices and networking scenarios, including those involving tactical radios and routers. The software-only technology will operate within the existing COTS network infrastructure, providing a cost-effective solution to network initialization and reconfiguration. Based on the confirmed feasibility, the team will implement a full TRL 6+ prototype of the technology during the proposed Phase II effort o transition the technology to the field to improve the agility of the tactical networks.