Intelligent Access Hub System

Period of Performance: 12/20/1999 - 02/21/2002


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Anntron, Inc.
1440 Willowbrook Dr.
Boalsburg, PA 16827
Principal Investigator

Research Topics


An Intelligent Access Hub system (IAHS) is proposed for a low cost, point to multi point Wireless Wide Area Network (W-WAN). Rapid advance in COTS, unlicensed 5.8 GHz band, Ethernet radio bridge technology is exploited to provide unprecedented bit rate/dollar ratios. The IAHS is a multimedia, rapidly deployable architecture, which nominally provides dedicated 10 MB/s throughput from the IAHS Tactical Operations Center (TOC) gateway location to fixed or roaming Information Kiosks (IKs). The IKs may then be ported to PCS base stations, wired or wireless LAN access points, legacy mobile communication gateways, or other TOCs. The IAHS uses a proprietary Multi beam Antenna Assembly and Status Controller to switch directive antennas to the IK requiring service, and adapts power as required. The use of directive antennas and adaptive power increases range, and enhances system capacity by providing spatial isolation between radio channels. The directive antennas and adaptive power reduce interference to and from adjacent radio paths, and improve LPI and AJ performance. The IAHS is to be demonstrated at a commercial Internet Service Provider facility as a private data W-WAN, initially at 10Mb/s per customer, then using COTS 100Mb/s, U-NII equipment. BENEFITS: The IAHS is a point to multi point W-WAN which is rapidly deployable, independent of installed infrastructure, scaleable to meet demand, and COTS based. Military application is a rapidly deployable tactical backbone network, commercial application is a private data network independent of wire line infrastructure and incumbent pricing.