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Award/Contract
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Abstract

H-SB018.1-002
Cell Phone Location Finder for Maritime and Remote Search and Rescue

70RSAT18C00000029 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-002-0002-I
(FY18.1 Phase I)
Remote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue

Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510

05/02/2018
to
11/01/2018
$149,998.88

To address the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) need for a cell phone location finder for maritime and remote search and rescue (SAR), Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new REmote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue (REPLIER). REPLIER leverages novel techniques recently developed at POC to extend the range of cellular communications and integrate commercial cellular communications into deployed tactical radios. Innovations in REPLIER enable localization of persons in distress from over 100 km away, with resolution of 50 m or better. REPLIER is intrinsically able to discriminate between the target and other cell phone devices, avoiding disruption of traditional cell phone services or violation of the privacy of other cell phone users. REPLIER is small and lightweight for portability and ease of integration with first responders existing equipment, such as Rescue 21. REPLIER features Ingress Protection (IP)-67 packaging to provide durability and compatibility for a wide range of maritime and remote land border environments. In Phase I, POC will develop a REPLIER proof of concept and demonstrate the technical feasibility for a range of use cases and concepts of operations, reaching technology readiness level TRL-4. In Phase II, POC plans to develop and demonstrate a TRL-6 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.

H-SB018.1-002
Cell Phone Location Finder for Maritime and Remote Search and Rescue

70RSAT19C00000008 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-002-0002-II
(FY18.1 Phase II)
Remote Phone Locator for Improved Emergency Rescue

Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510

04/01/2019
to
03/31/2021
$999,997.95

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.

H-SB018.1-002
Cell Phone Location Finder for Maritime and Remote Search and Rescue

70RSAT18C00000028 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-002-0021-I
(FY18.1 Phase I)
Advanced Receiver for Distressed Emitter Localization (ARDEL)

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

05/02/2018
to
11/01/2018
$150,000.00

A majority of U.S. adults own a cell phone and are inclined to use it in emergency situations to call for assistance. Unfortunately, in areas where the density of cell towers is low, such as in rural and off-shore environments, the ability of the wireless network to geolocate the origin of the wireless signal is poor to non-existent. Under the proposed effort, Toyon Research Corporation will develop a system to geolocate the source of radio-frequency (RF) emissions from distressed cellular calls. The system will not disrupt other users and will not require personal information to detect, identify and geolocate the emitter of interest. The proposed emitter localization system has a number of potential commercial applications including search and rescue operations and interference localization, such as in the case of GPS/GNSS jammers. During the Phase I effort, Toyon will develop the system architecture and demonstrate the performance of the system using a modular navigation and communication transceiver developed on prior contracts. Lessons learned from the demonstration will be incorporated into a preliminary prototype design, which will be finalized, built and demonstrated during the follow-on Phase II effort. The emitter locator will include one or more cooperative sensor nodes that communicate with each other without disrupting the wireless network. Each sensor node will be small, lightweight, portable and durable. A mission planning software package will be included to enable the operators to visualize and understand the expected performance of the system during operation.

H-SB018.1-003
Device to Detect Interference of Communications Systems

70RSAT18C00000019 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-003-0001-I
(FY18.1 Phase I)
Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer

Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510

05/02/2018
to
11/01/2018
$149,998.69

To address the DHS need to rapidly detect radio interference of critical radio frequency (RF) communications channels utilized by first responders, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to develop a new Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer (MISCAN) device based on a combination of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components in a custom software-defined configuration along with intelligent anomaly detection algorithms. The system will alert first responders by visual, audible, or haptic means so they can carry out back-up, mitigation, and reporting procedures. In Phase I POC will demonstrate the feasibility of MISCAN by building and testing a preliminary prototype device and performing real-world testing using DHS reference interference waveforms. At the end of the resultant Phase I effort, the MISCAN system will reach technology readiness level (TRL)-5 and POC will submit a detailed plan to complete the system including interference geo-location capability and to ensure reaching a sub-$500 price point. In Phase II, POC plans to manufacture and field final systems for evaluation by first responders identified during the Phase I effort and will prepare the MISCAN design for low-cost manufacturing. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing reliable radio communications for first responders and other essential personnel. Commercial applications for this technology include applications in disaster prevention and recovery, networking and information technology, and security and surveillance.

H-SB018.1-003
Device to Detect Interference of Communications Systems

70RSAT19C00000004 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-003-0001-II
(FY18.1 Phase II)
Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer

Physical Optics Corporation
1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510

04/08/2019
to
04/07/2021
$999,986.55

Addressing the DHS need to rapidly detect radio interference of critical radio frequency (RF) communications channels utilized by first responders, Physical Optics Corporation (POC) proposes to advance, in Phase II, the development of the Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer (MISCAN) system proven feasible in Phase I. MISCAN is based on a combination of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) electronic components in a custom software-defined configuration along with intelligent anomaly-detection algorithms. The MISCAN system will alert first responders by visual, audible, or haptic means so they can carry out back-up, mitigation, and reporting procedures. In Phase I, POC demonstrated the feasibility of MISCAN by building and testing a preliminary prototype device, performing initial testing using DHS reference interference waveforms, and performing real-world testing using actual jammers. Phase I results showed that the MISCAN system reached technology readiness level (TRL)-5, and POC submitted a detailed plan to enhance the system, including interference geo-location capability and a $200 price point. In Phase II, POC plans to manufacture and field final systems for evaluation by first responders, to achieve TRL-7, and to prepare the MISCAN design for low-cost manufacturing. The successful completion of this project at the end of Phase III will benefit the nation in both government and commercial sectors by providing reliable radio communications for first responders and other essential personnel. Commercial applications for this technology include applications in disaster prevention and recovery, networking and information technology, and security and surveillance.

H-SB018.1-008
Automated & Scalable Analysis of Mobile & IoT Device Firmware

70RSAT18C00000024 FY18.1-H-SB018.1-008-0008-I
(FY18.1 Phase I)
Automated and Scalable Analysis of Mobile and IoT Device Firmware

RAM Laboratories, Inc.
591 Camino de la Reina
Suite 610
San Diego, CA 92108-3108

05/02/2018
to
11/01/2018
$149,999.85

As Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile devices become increasingly popular and widely used, the security of the firmware running on these devices is paramount. However, due to the lack of an efficient and scalable analysis framework, combined with the increasing pressure to get products to market as quickly as possible, the software running on these devices is never properly checked for security vulnerabilities and backdoors. This results in a large potential attack surface, with millions of devices owned by individuals, enterprises, and government agencies that could be exploited by external adversaries. To fill this gap RAM Laboratories is proposing Firmalytics, a modular and scalable framework that automatically analyzes firmware images for security vulnerabilities, backdoors, and malware. The results, along with any metadata gathered about the firmware, are added to a database to support a correlation engine used for identifying groups of similar firmware. This grouping helps give contextual information of what vulnerabilities might be common among the firmware, allowing for us to prioritize vulnerabilities to search for when scanning the image. Additionally, our framework supports the use of more advanced vulnerability detection methods that rely on complex techniques such as symbolic execution. While these techniques have trouble scaling, we can utilize the correlation engine to intelligently sample images from the firmware database to analyze and potentially find 0-day vulnerabilities that have yet to be discovered. We can then verify which similar images might also be vulnerable and report the results back to the end user.