Advanced Wireless Maintainer Communications in Electromagnetically Noisy Environments
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-005
Topic Title: Advanced Wireless Maintainer Communications in Electromagnetically Noisy Environments
Proposal No.: N131-005-0294
Firm: Adaptive Technologies, Inc.
2020 Kraft Drive
Suite 3040
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Contact: Chris Hudson
Phone: (540) 951-1284
Web Site:
Abstract: Navy aircraft operate from and in these highly dynamic environments with many people performing various tasks, such as ordnance loading, hot fueling, recovery of equipment and personnel, and multiple in-flight mission operations. Mission success requires a high level of coordination and communication. This research is designed to advance the state of the art in wireless communications aboard ship by developing a usable Visible Light Communications (VLC) system to provide high bandwidth, reliable communications for maintainer to maintainer and maintainer to aircraft communications. The system will be encryption capable and, because of the unique nature of VLC, will be difficult to intercept and jam in the operational theatre. Further, by avoiding traditional RF, the system will be safer in and around environments in which stray RF energy can be hazardous. `
Benefits: This research will offer a communications solution capable of operation in electromagnetically unfriendly environments and in situations where RF clutter represents a hazard to safety and operational efficiency. The technology can be adapted for very directional short range communications, allowing high bandwidth, reliable communications to take place where bandwidth is normally restricted due to high use rates. This technology is directly applicable to commercial aviation and Class I Div I industrial environments.