Command and Control for Embedded Systems

Period of Performance: 02/11/2008 - 08/11/2009


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Puritan Research Corp.
9711 Brookstone Lane
Vienna, VA 22182
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Vanderbilt University
2400 Blackmore Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
Institution POC


The Geospatially Referenced and Inter-Dispersed Camera Technology (GRIDCAM) is a collaborative sensor technology. GRIDCAM is a set of platforms with integrated cameras and acoustic sensors that can be dispersed throughout an urban area. The plaform sensors process data at the sensor and share the data with neighboring GRIDCAMs to formulate their solution. The GRIDCAM effort is focused on addressing key roadblocks facing the deployment: a means of emplacing large numbers of sensors, a power system that allows each system to sustain itself for months to years, and a necessary degree of self-exploitation such that it returns accurate and reliable information. The GRIDCAM elements may be embedded into the environment in extremely large numbers in order to provide ubiquitous coverage. Techniques for reducing vulnerability of the sensor hardware are also included in GRIDCAM design efforts.