Wireless Intra-Soldier Data Reception and Transmission

Period of Performance: 12/10/2008 - 06/10/2009

$120K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Trident Systems, Inc.
10201 Fairfax Boulevard Array
Fairfax, VA 22030
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Dismounted soldiers are carrying more-and-more integrated sensors on their person for the purpose of increasing Situational Awareness (SA). The current degree to which weapon sight imagery and data are improving dismounted Soldiers SA is limited due to the cabling and connectors which tie the integrated sensors to the Soldier s Helmet Mounted Display (HMD). By their very nature these cables and connectors restrict mobility, are a source of failure, and can present in-field hazards to the Soldier. Replacing the wired connections between the Soldier s integrated sensors and HMD with a wireless link(s) is thus a logical choice. An adequate cable-replacement wireless solution should exhibit excellent Low Probability of Detection (LPD) and Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) performance, have sufficient bandwidth for current and upcoming high-frequency/high-resolution imagery and other sensors, support many users in close proximity without cross-interference, have minimal latency and guaranteed information assurance. Trident proposes to develop a wire-replacement solution based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) RF technology which exhibits excellent LPD/LPI performance, has sufficient bandwidth for uncompressed 30-60Hz 320x240 (and greater) video and data, is designed for dense user concentrations without interference and can be used in one-to-one, many-to-one and one-to-many configurations. Coupling the UWB radios with the correct supporting hardware can result in a modular and upgradeable platform which offers secure low-latency intra-soldier video and data communications without the shortcomings of its wired equivalent.