NASA SBIR 2005 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER:05 O2.02-9889
SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space Transportation Test Requirements and Instrumentation
PROPOSAL TITLE:Virtual Sensor Test Instrumentation

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
MOBITRUM CORPORATION
8070 Georgia Avenue, Suite 209
Silver Spring ,MD 20910 - 4934
(301) 585 - 4040

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Ray   Wang
rwang@mobitrum.com
8070 Georgia Avenue, Suite 209
Silver Spring, MD  20910 -4934
(301) 585 - 4040

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (LIMIT 200 WORDS)
Smart sensor combining with embedded metadata and wireless technology presents real opportunities for significant improvements in reliability, cost-benefits, and safety for remote testing and measurement. Adding robust and self-construct network protocol for routing will further simplify testing installation process and increase test network reliability. The realization of a practical smart sensor system requires the synthesis of several technologies. One must bring together knowledge in the fields of sensors, data processing, distributed systems, and networks. The IEEE 1451 standard provides a basic communications link for sensor nodes, but provides no methods specific to programming a node's data processing resources. An interface must be defined for dynamic programming of sensor nodes. Mobitrum is proposing a virtual sensor test instrumentation for characterization and measurement of ground testing of propulsion systems. The tool includes: (1) common sensor interface, (2) microprocessor, (3) wireless interface, (4) signal conditioning and ADC/DAC, and (5) on-board EEPROM for metadata storage and executable software to create powerful, scalable, re-configurable, and reliable embedded and distributed test instrument. Virtual sensor is built upon an open-system architecture with standardized protocol modules/stacks easily to interface with industry standards and commonly used software such as IEEE 1451, TEDS, Java, TinyOS, TinyDB, MATLAB, and LabVIEW.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Ground testing of propulsion systems is a critical requirement to enable NASA's New Vision for space exploration. The proposed vitual sensor test instrumentation will enable a cost effective remote testing and health monitoring through wireless sensor network. Mobitrum anticipates the following applications that NASA will benefit from the proposed technology: (1) Data analysis, processing, and visualization for Earth science observations, (2) Rocket engine test, (3) Remote test facility management, (4) Field communications device for spatial data input, manipulation and distribution, (5) Sensor, measurement, and field verification applications, (6) RFID for identification and tracking, (7) Condition-aware applications, (8) Location-aware applications, (9) Biometric identification applications, (10) Data collaboration and distribution applications, and (11) Wireless instrumentation for robotic manipulation and positioning for audio and visual capture, and real-time multimedia representation.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (LIMIT 150 WORDS)
Mobitrum expects smart sensor technology will enable more home applications for energy control and security monitoring provided by Internet service providers as value-add services. In order to be deployable by service provider, the smart sensor technology has to be embedded within home appliances that have networking capability for remote monitoring and control over Internet. Mobitrum expects IEEE 802.11g and Bluetooth will be two leading wireless technologies to transport sensor data in/out of a smart sensor. The proposed virtual sensor test instrumentation may apply to one of the following: (1) Home control, (2) Energy management for cost saving, (3) Security (intruder detection), (4) Safety (sensing), (5) Utility ? remote meter reading, (6) Building automation systems ? real-time monitoring and control of security and surveillance systems, alarms, HVAC, etc., (7) Manufacturing and distribution ? industrial automation using RFID, and (8) Health care ? wireless monitoring equipment.

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.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING
Air Revitalization and Conditioning
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Architectures and Networks
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Biomedical and Life Support
Biomolecular Sensors
Computer System Architectures
Control Instrumentation
Controls-Structures Interaction (CSI)
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
Highly-Reconfigurable
Human-Computer Interfaces
Human-Robotic Interfaces
Instrumentation
Integrated Robotic Concepts and Systems
Intelligence
K-12 Outreach
Manipulation
Microwave/Submillimeter
Mission Training
Mobility
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Operations Concepts and Requirements
Perception/Sensing
Pilot Support Systems
Portable Data Acquisition or Analysis Tools
Portable Life Support
Production
RF
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Simulation Modeling Environment
Software Development Environments
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Sterilization/Pathogen and Microbial Control
Substrate Transfer Technology
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Teleoperation
Testing Facilities
Testing Requirements and Architectures
Tools
Training Concepts and Architectures
Ultra-High Density/Low Power
Wireless Distribution


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