NASA SBIR 2007 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 07-2 O2.02-9994
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Space Transportation Propulsion System and Test Facility Requirements and Instrumentation
PROPOSAL TITLE: Sensor Area Network for Integrated Systems Health Management

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mobitrum Corporation
8070 Georgia Avenue, Suite 209
Silver Spring, MD 20910 - 4973
(301) 585-4040

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ray Wang
8070 Georgia Avenue, Suite 207
Silver Spring, MD 20910 - 1707
(301) 585-4040

Expected Technology Readiness Level (TRL) upon completion of contract: 5 to 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The term Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) is used to describe a capability that focuses on determining the condition (health) of every element in a complex system (detect anomalies, diagnose causes, prognosis of future anomalies), and provide data, information, and knowledge (DIaK) to control systems for safe and effective operation. Therefore, ISHM capability is achieved by integrating DIaK that can be distributed throughout the system elements. DIaK must be available to any element of a system at right time and within a proper context. The implementations of the ISHM in the past have primarily focused on data access, and have not emphasized the integration of intelligence across all elements that make up a system. In order to distribute DIaK effectively, the integrated system must have the distributed capabilities and they require effective network functions across the whole system. Mobitrum proposes to develop a Sensor Area Network (SAN) for ISHM to bring the distributed intelligences together across all elements within ISHM system. The proposed SAN can be mixed of wireless and wired architecture. In order to implement credible ISHM functions, SAN must provide ISHM with effective communication mechanisms using distributed and/or hierarchical architectures to deliver intelligence across all elements.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
"Sensor Area Network for Integrated Systems Health Management" is a state-of-the-art technology offering wide ranges of capabilities for network-based data sensing, condition monitoring, and acquisitions. This implementation offers great opportunities to NASA for distributed sensor applications. The device, when integrates with intelligence, is powerful for remote sensing and monitoring control across many heterogeneous networks. The technology has many NASA applications: Test Facilities and Test Article; Integrated System Health management (ISHM); Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) for Aviation Safety Program; Advanced Control Technology - Fundamental Aeronautics Test Program; Earth science applications; Field communications device for spatial data input, manipulation and distribution: Intelligent Rocket Test Facilities (IRTF) with smart sensor elements, measurement, and field verification applications; Sensing and monitoring for Aircraft - icing on wings - data from heaters and sensors and Aircraft emissions - collection of data around airports; Verification and validation of equipment (e.g., RFID); System Diagnosis and Prognosis.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Sensor area network (SAN) and health-enabled smart sensor technology combine has a huge application for current and future RFID industry. It is applicable for the following areas: (1) tele-medicine utilizing medical sensor-RFID to treat patient remotely to save health care cost; (2) lower cost transponders offering multi-read and receiving voice and text-based messaging; (3) network-based read/write electronic storage; (4) identification and communication smart badge for voice and test messaging; (5) road transport and traffic telematics; (6) transport information and control systems; (7) home automation and control; (8) energy management for cost saving; (9) security (intruder detection); (10) safety (sensing); (11) utility remote meter reading; (12) building automation systems real-time monitoring and control of security and surveillance systems, alarms, HVAC, etc., (13) Manufacturing and distribution industrial automation using RFID; (14) Health care wireless monitoring.

NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.

Air Revitalization and Conditioning
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Architectures and Networks
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Biomass Production and Storage
Biomedical and Life Support
Biomolecular Sensors
Biophysical Utilization
Computational Materials
Computer System Architectures
Control Instrumentation
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Data Input/Output Devices
Database Development and Interfacing
Earth-Supplied Resource Utilization
Expert Systems
Fluid Storage and Handling
General Public Outreach
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Human-Computer Interfaces
Human-Robotic Interfaces
In-situ Resource Utilization
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
K-12 Outreach
Launch Assist (Electromagnetic, Hot Gas and Pneumatic)
Launch and Flight Vehicle
Mission Training
Multifunctional/Smart Materials
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Pilot Support Systems
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Portable Life Support
Power Management and Distribution
Radiation Shielding Materials
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Simulation Modeling Environment
Software Development Environments
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Sterilization/Pathogen and Microbial Control
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Testing Facilities
Testing Requirements and Architectures
Training Concepts and Architectures
Ultra-High Density/Low Power
Waste Processing and Reclamation
Wireless Distribution

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