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Proposal Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-002-0002-II
Proposal Title: Remote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue
Topic Number: H-SB018.1-002
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Cell Phone Location Finder for Maritime and Remote Search and Rescue
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: To address the DHS need for a cell phone location finder for maritime and remote search and rescue (SAR), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes, in Phase II, to advance the development of the REmote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue (REPLIER), proven feasible in Phase I. REPLIER is based on a modification of open-source, full stack LTE software, allowing it to establish a wireless connection to a smart phone using the LTE protocol, enabling distance (range) determination. Through the use of a direction antenna, REPLIER can determine the direction (bearing) of the target cell phone. Additionally, through software analysis of the target cell phone's transmitted signal, REPLIER can uniquely determine the device's International Mobile Subscriber Identity, uniquely identifying the device and eliminating the possibility of interference with other cell phone users and commercial cellular operations. REPLIER can locate persons in distress with resolutions of 78 m. In Phase I, POC developed a REPLIER proof of concept and demonstrated the technical feasibility for a range of use cases and concepts of operations, reaching technology readiness level (TRL)-4. In Phase II, REPLIER's capability will be expanded to include communications with all major U.S. smart phones and to support all U.S. frequency bands. POC plans to develop and demonstrate a field-tested prototype in preparation for transition/commercialization in Phase III. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing an effective means to track cellular signals for SAR operations.
Award/Contract Number: 70RSAT19C00000008
Period of Performance: 04/01/2019 - 03/31/2021
Award/Contract Value: $999,997.95
Award/Obligated Amount: $999,997.95