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H-SB013.1-001
Radio Frequency (RF) Sensing of Personnel in Wooded Areas

HSHQDC-13-C-00037 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-001-0008-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
RF Sensing of Personnel in Wooded Areas

TrellisWare Technologies, Inc.
16516 Via Esprillo
Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92127-1728

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,927.85

Perhaps because it is the world's longest undefended border, smuggling is endemic across the our northern frontier with Canada. Since a 5,525 mile border cannot be effectively patrolled on foot, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must rely on technology to detect and track smugglers. Radio tomographic imaging (RTI) is an emerging device-free passive (DfP) localization technology that could aid in this effort. RTI employs a dense network of RF sensors, each of which broadcasts probe messages and records received signal strength (RSS) data. As an object passes through the sensor field, RSS measurement changes are used to detect its presence and track its movement. In Phase I of the proposed program, TrellisWare will design both the sensor network and localization components of a complete personnel detection/tracking system. Our proposed program culminates with a live demonstration of the developed technology in a wooded environment running on existing sensor network hardware. In a potential Phase II follow-on program, TrellisWare would prototype sufficient hardware to enable larger-scale testing (e.g., a 1 km x 250 m forested area). By leveraging military sensor network products that already meets most mission requirements, TrellisWare can provide the Department of Homeland Security with the most "bang for the buck" in the development of a personnel detection and tracking sensor network to help secure our northern border.

H-SB013.1-004
GPS Disruption Detection and Localization

HSHQDC-13-C-00044 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-004-0013-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
Civilian Interference Detection and Estimation Receiver (CIDER)

Toyon Research Corporation
6800 Cortona Drive
Goleta, CA 93117-3021

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,999.99

Toyon has teamed with two utilities to survey the use of civilian GPS receivers in the energy and communication sectors, and to determine their vulnerabilities to intentional interference, including narrowband and wideband jamming, spoofers, repeaters, and RF-based 'software attacks.' As part of the survey, the characteristics and weaknesses of the deployed civilian receivers will be determined and methods of detecting, identifying, and locating sources of GPS interference within the electrical and communication networks will be identified. Based on the survey results, Toyon will design a system for interference detection, identification, and geolocalization (I-DIG). I-DIG will comprise a network of receiver nodes and a centralized geolocalization filter. Each node will include a direction-finding (DF) GPS receiver, which is the most critical component of the I-DIG system. Toyon's patented DF GPS receiver technology has been tested and demonstrated in realistic environments and has a TRL of 6. The collaborative geolocalization algorithm has been developed over the course of numerous programs and is at a TRL of 5. At the conclusion of the Phase II effort, which will include a complete system demonstration in a relevant environment, we anticipate that both components will have a TRL of 7 and will be ready for deployment. The proposed technology has the potential for immediate integration into our country's electrical transmission and communication networks. Since Toyon's DF GPS receiver is also capable of anti-jam (AJ) and anti-spoof GPS processing, it is applicable to any civilian application that desires protection against intentional and unintentional interference.

H-SB013.1-004
GPS Disruption Detection and Localization

HSHQDC-13-C-00043 HSHQDC-13-R-00009-H-SB013.1-004-0016-I
(HSHQDC-13-R-00009 Phase I)
GPS EMitter LOCalization (GEMLOC)

Coherent Navigation, Inc.
1800 Gateway Dr
Suite 160
San Mateo, CA 94404-4072

05/01/2013
to
10/31/2013
$99,993.92

In response to DHS SBIR Topic H-SB013.1-004 we propose to investigate the development of a next-generation, tiered, inexpensive, light-weight, low-power, high-performance GPS emitter detection and localization system. The system will provide high-accuracy (high-sensitivity), real-time or near-real-time estimates of position, velocity, transmit frequency, and transmit power level of multiple, moving, low-power emitters in the GPS L bands (L1, L2, and L5). It will work with existing deployed GPS equipment. Reporting of events will make use of existing technology, if applicable. At the end of Phase I, we plan to have a solid understand of GPS vulnerabilities understanding of GPS dependencies and vulnerabilities in the Energy, Communications, and Transportation Sectors and a prototype design for a GPS emitter detection, localization, and reporting system for these three sectors. At the end of Phase II, we anticipate having a much deeper understanding of GPS dependencies and vulnerabilities in these sector plus the Emergency Services Sector. We plan to deploy a prototype GPS emitter detection, localization, and reporting system. We also plan to carry out a demonstration of the capability at NAVFEST or a suitable test environment. Today, the TRL is 3 and we expect it to be TRL 5 or 6 by the end of the Phase-II contract.