WIRL: Wireless Integrated Routing Link

Period of Performance: 03/06/2003 - 09/12/2004


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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


The WIRL (wireless integrated routing link) concept was successfully demonstrated during the Phase I effort. WIRL provides a wireless backup communications link for high-availability environments; WIRL automatically detects primary, wired-network failures, switches affected data flows to the wireless, backup channel, and automatically reverts to primary-network operation upon service resumption. In Phase II the WIRL concept will be extended to provide enhanced support for LonTalk control networks and will be integrated with data acquisition units that are currently deployed, and scheduled for future deployment, on U.S. Navy warships. Phase I of this project has successfully positioned WIRL in the applied research stratum. To successfully migrate into prototype development, WIRL will be demonstrated in a well defined and understood ONR laboratory environment at Philadelphia Naval Business Center using the chilled water system test bench. Once successful, WIRL will then be transitioned through the next hurdle into the "products" stratum using real-world state-of-the-art shipboard control systems. ATC has teamed with CAE-USA for the Phase II effort to provide these actual systems for demonstration of wireless backup and damage control demonstration purposes. CAE will also take the leadership role in identifying a marketing path to implementation of this technology initially into the Navy and Coast Guard, and eventually the world maritime industry. CAE will assume the lead role in Phase III by identifying interested Navy/Coast Guard program offices willing to advance WIRL technology into future system requirements.