Smart Active Networks for Mobile Wireless Environments

Period of Performance: 04/16/1999 - 10/31/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

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

Research Topics


Active networks break from the traditional networking paradigm by allowing for the injection of customized computations into the network. This technology enables the rapid deployment of new network services for future Navy applications. This Phase I SBIR effort proposes an innovative active network architecture that would provide mobile warfighters with two powerful capabilities: 1) truly ubiquitous networking and 2) location-aware wireless network services (LAWNS). Ubiquitous networking refers to the ability of mobile devices to access information and communicate with a worldwide network anytime and anywhere. This capability is critical to implement the network centric warfare strategy of tomorrow that relies on rapid dissemination of information across all levels of the warfighting force. Location aware wireless network services (LAWNS) exploits the widespread availability of low-cost GPS cards for mobile computers that make warfighter location information easily available. LAWNS uses GPS-based location information provided by warfighter equipment to implement innovative protocols to support capabilities such as geographically targeted multicasts of information, range- restricted information dissemination, and location-dependent access to distributed information services. Such a capability will enable future situational awareness systems where intelligence and tactical sensor data must be exploited to provide customized, location-specific information to the force.