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Proposal Number: FY18.1-H-SB018.1-003-0001-II
Proposal Title: Miniature Intelligent Spectral Analyzer
Topic Number: H-SB018.1-003
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Device to Detect Interference of Communications Systems
Organization: Physical Optics Corporation
Address: 1845 West 205th Street
Torrance, CA 90501-1510  
Abstract: 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.
Award/Contract Number: 70RSAT19C00000004
Period of Performance: 04/08/2019 - 04/07/2021
Award/Contract Value: $999,986.55
Award/Obligated Amount: $999,986.55