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Proposal Number: 04110654
Proposal Title: Microwave Data Telemetry for Marine Container Security
Topic Number: H-SB04.1-005
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Marine Asset Tag Tracking System
Organization: IR Telemetrics, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 70
Houghton, MI 49931-1234  
Abstract: IR Telemetrics builds microwave telemetry systems for transmitting sensor data through narrow metallic passages within automobile engines. IRT devices can interface with sensors and transmit their data to a local receiver network through complex passages as small as four centimeters. Research will adapt IRT core technology to enable continuous communication with marine containers. The performance of IRT systems will be evaluated in a small marine container environment in a succession of experiments of increasing complexity. Based on test findings and iterative design improvements, investigators will identify the attributes of a local transmitter/receiver network, analyze the expected cost-of-installation for a commercial system, and identify a strategy for integrating the local system with global tracking infrastructure. IRT will form a strategic collaboration with Savi, Inc., to facilitate rapid commercialization of the proposed system. Savi has a decade of experience in helping to build and support the world`s largest wireless cargo security and tracking system, called the Total Asset Visibility (TAV) network. TAV includes a software platform linked with automatic identification technology infrastructure at over 750 locations in more than 40 countries and monitors in excess of 300,000 conveyances equipped with smart radio tags.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC040059
Period of Performance: 04/01/2004 - 10/15/2004
Award/Contract Value: $99,836.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $99,836.00