NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-1 Z6.01-7431
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Wireless Technology
PROPOSAL TITLE: Multi-Use Passive RFID Sensor Tag System for NASA

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
New Jersey Microsystems, Inc.
211 Warren Street
Newark, NJ 07103 - 3536
(973) 297-1450

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr william carr
211 Warren Street
NEWARK, NJ 07103 - 3536
(973) 293-1450

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Dr William Carr
211 Warren Street
NEWARK, NJ 07103 - 3536
(973) 293-1450

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Wireless Technology is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
This proposal will provide NASA with a family of UHF RFID sensor tags and system components supporting very reliable, robust, convenient and economical deployment into a range of aerospace and terrestrial systems. We propose designs that can be manufactured in quantity. Several of these tags have SPI,I2C and other data busses and adequate harvested power to enable on-tag microcontroller and multiple discrete sensors. The Phase1 deliverable systems include passive and semi-passive tags both with an application example precision temperature sensor and 3-D accelerometer. The RFID sensor tags have as standard SPI, I2C, UART and other busses together with a rad-hard supported on an on-tag MSP430FR5739 microcontroller. The data busses on delivered sensor tags can be used to interface with any bus-compatible sensors of NASA choice. The technology we propose in Phase1/2 work provides NASA with features considerably beyond present day commercial offerings. The antennas for Phase1 sensor tag delivery utilize our ultra-long range ribbon antenna design which currently holds the world record for maximum UHF fully passive read-range (150ft). In Phase1 we introduce our patents-pending resonant rectenna which provides additional passive power for sensors in addition to our basic ultra-long range antenna.The UHF transponders ICs selected for NASA from NXP and EM have the best RFID tag security algorithms currently available. In Phase1 we introduce our patents-pending rectenna which provides additional passive power for sensors continuing to use our basic ultra-long range antenna (rectenna uses an innovative resonant voltage multiplier circuit). It is our vision that New Jersey Microsystems, Inc and its partners following Phase3 work can earn selection from NASA as a preferred supplier of customized UHF RFID passive and semi-passive sensor tags. During Phase1 we will deliver tags with demo sensors for precision temperature and 3-D inertial application.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are hundreds of potential wireless smart RFID tag sensor applications at NASA across a wide spectrum including sensing temperature, pressure, inertial vectors, corrosion, tampering, chemical environments and electromagnetic field vectors. We meet these requirements important to NASA:
1. We design for the temperature range -40 to +85degC and operating voltage 2.0 to 3.6V with standard off the shelf components.
2. The RFID sensor tags we propose utilize mass produced CMOS, capacitors, resistors, diodes, GaAs switches all available from highly respected and qualified manufacturers including Texas Instruments, NXP, EM-Microelectronic and CEL-Renesas.
3. Most manufacturers will provide these components with full harsh environment spec including a -40 to +125degC range which is preferred by NASA for many applications.
4. The proposed RFID sensor tags proposed by NJM can be retrofitted or designed into new systems where the many new nanopower sensors with an SPI or I2C databus are available.
5. These wireless sensors can be installed, moved, and replaced easily making systems test and reconfigurations much easier.
6. A single portable or stationary RFID reader interrogator can be linked into an IEEE 802 xxxx network servicing up to thousands of RFID sensor tags.
7.Phase1 tag delivery will provide sensor tags with maximum energy harvesting capability and nominal volume. During Phase2 we propose delivering a family of RFID sensor tags with volumes of less than 1cm3.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There are many applications outside NASA for RFID sensor tags with reduced cost of ownership and improved performance. The proposed RFID sensor tags make possible significant improvements in RFID sensors in addition to opening up entirely new areas of application. In many cases the sensors proposed for this NASA work will retrofit into existing systems. The proposed sensor tags are compatible with Gen2C1 readers currently monitoring the 2B UHF RFID tags are deployed in the world today. Some key application areas are:
1.Monitoring goods in transit without data logging. Many commodities including flowers, medical supplies including pharmaceuticals, and the general apps with FedEx and UPS.
2.Monitoring goods in transit with data monitoring: Monitoring shipments especially pharmaceuticals, food, certain products that are spoiled by either freezing or higher temperatures. Monitoring for mechanical shock and drops.
3.Monitoring farm animals and pets: Includes monitoring animal movement, temperature, location, time at specific locations, activity levels
4.Industrial process monitoring: Lower power requirements, longer life, harsh environment operations, and lower cost makes possible new apps for pressure, temperature, fluid and gas flow, and chemical sensing.
5.Agricultural cropland and irrigation management: Remote applications for monitoring and control of soil conditions and water supply equipment.
6.Retail stores: Environmental sensing

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Data Acquisition (see also Sensors)
Process Monitoring & Control
Sensor Nodes & Webs (see also Communications, Networking & Signal Transport)
Spacecraft Instrumentation & Astrionics (see also Communications; Control & Monitoring; Information Systems)

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