NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Space Transportation Propulsion System and Test Facility Requirements and Instrumentation
PROPOSAL TITLE:Health-enabled Smart Sensor Fusion Technology

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 209
Silver Spring, MD  20910-4973
(301) 585-4040

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
It has been proven that the combination of smart sensors with embedded metadata and wireless technologies present 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. While the idea of largely autonomous sensors is desirable, there are many issues of cooperation and control that need to be addressed. Specifically, the sensor fusion and the schema of smart sensor attributes: prediction, planning, updating, communication, and assimilation. The IEEE 1451 standard provides a basic communications link for sensors, but provides no methods specific to programming a sensor's data processing resources for data fusion. Combining IEEE 1451 and networked database, as well as health-enabled smart sensor fusion technology enables user to interface to sensor network to provide dynamic programming and access/monitor the health of sensor nodes. The sensor fusion technology is built upon an open-system architecture with standardized protocol modules/stacks such as SQL, HTML, XML, MATLAB, and LabVIEW.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Ground testing of propulsion systems is a critical requirement to enable NASA's New Vision for space exploration. The proposed health-enabled smart sensor fusion technology will enable a cost effective remote testing and health monitoring through shared sensor networks. 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 1500 characters, approximately 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 providers, the smart sensor and fusion technologies have to be embedded within home appliances that have networking capability for remote monitoring and control over Internet. The proposed health-enabled smart sensor fusion technology may apply to one of the following applications: (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; (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.

Aircraft Engines
Airport Infrastructure and Safety
Architectures and Networks
Attitude Determination and Control
Autonomous Control and Monitoring
Autonomous Reasoning/Artificial Intelligence
Biomolecular Sensors
Computational Materials
Computer System Architectures
Data Acquisition and End-to-End-Management
Data Input/Output Devices
Database Development and Interfacing
Expert Systems
Feed System Components
Fundamental Propulsion Physics
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
Large Antennas and Telescopes
Launch Assist (Electromagnetic, Hot Gas and Pneumatic)
Manned-Manuvering Units
Mission Training
Modular Interconnects
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
Sensor Webs/Distributed Sensors
Simulation Modeling Environment
Software Development Environments
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation
Spaceport Infrastructure and Safety
Structural Modeling and Tools
Telemetry, Tracking and Control
Testing Facilities
Testing Requirements and Architectures
Training Concepts and Architectures
Ultra-High Density/Low Power
Wireless Distribution

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