Ultrasonic Communication System for Noisy Environments
Navy SBIR FY2013.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2013.1
Topic No.: N131-005
Topic Title: Ultrasonic Communication System for Noisy Environments
Proposal No.: N131-005-0667
Firm: Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71
Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
Contact: William Audette
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Web Site: www.creare.com
Abstract: Safe efficient operations on the flight line or on the deck of an aircraft carrier require effective communications between members of the crew and between members of the crew and the aircraft pilot. Maintainers working on the flight deck or flight line are often subject to extremely loud noise fields (110 to 140 dBA), which makes natural voice communications challenging or impossible. Missed communication and miscommunication are a constant risk, either of which could imperil operational tempo or crew safety. A new solution is needed to enable high-reliability communications between personnel on the flight deck and flight line. Creare proposes an ultrasonic communications system to enable voice and data communications for maintainers on the flight deck and flight line. In Phase I, we will develop the core technology and overall system architecture. In Phase II, we will design, fabricate, and test the system and deliver prototype units to the Navy.
Benefits: The proposed ultrasonic personal communication system will improve the cooperation and coordination of teams working in high-noise, high-tempo environments. This will increase the safety and efficiency of the mission. Our system would provide similar benefits to other military and civilian environments where teams of people need to work together in noisy environments. Examples include civil flight lines, heavy industry, oil and gas production, and construction.