ONR-guided tech tracks what's inside ships

Apr 01, 2010

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is funding emerging technology that will allow wireless surveillance not only of ships and aircraft, but also the tracking of people and high value assets inside the ships.

To help the Navy keep thorough tabs on its environment, ONR is sponsoring work in advanced electronics that ratchets up the Navy's ability to do just that. Precise At-Sea Ship System for Indoor-Outdoor Navigation (PASSION) enables wireless position tracking of both the external and internal environment of naval vessels.

The concept is the brainchild of Dr. John Kim, ONR program officer for Navigation and Timekeeping. PASSION is being developed and reviewed under Kim's oversight by navy civilian Dr. Bereket Tanju, and carried out by the Navy's Carrier and Air Integration program office and partners.

PASSION meets a need, recommended by a Navy Research Advisory Committee (NRAC) study, for positioning systems aboard aircraft carriers and other vessels to reduce on-board manning, for damage control and maintenance, and for locating personnel and equipment.

According to the NRAC study, "The ability to remotely and reliably determine the real time status of the ship and crew must be expanded far beyond the current capability. In virtually any damage control scenario, knowledge of the location and status of crew members is essential." The committee also said, "Electronic dog tags or communication through a wireless sensor telemetry system could easily provide crew location information and could report a general summary of individual status."

ONR invested $600,000 over three years to develop and demonstrate the technology. Now that its capabilities are proven, the Navy is looking to introduce PASSION capability into the fleet working within the acquisition framework.

"Based on successful simulations, and integrated indoor hardware tests conducted at George Washington University and on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), we envision that PASSION technologies will be introduced in all Nimitz (CVN 68) class ships as a part of their wireless networks," Kim said.

The PASSION project is being managed by the Navy's Carrier and Air Integration Program Office, with assistance from the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlan┬Čtic, and Pacific.

Explore further: Researchers develop a device for running shoes that prevents injuries

Provided by Office of Naval Research

not rated yet
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Chief Calls On Congress To Fund Stealth Destroyer DD(X)

Jul 21, 2005

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee's Projection Forces Subcommittee July 19, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Vern Clark strongly urged Congress to fully fund the Navy's next generation destroyer, DD(X). ...

Recommended for you

Method to reconstruct overt and covert speech

Oct 31, 2014

Can scientists read the mind, picking up inner thoughts? Interesting research has emerged in that direction. According to a report from New Scientist, researchers discuss their findings in converting brain ...

Study says upgrading infrastructure could reduce flood damage

Oct 29, 2014

The severe flooding that devastated a wide swath of Colorado last year might have been less destructive if the bridges, roads and other infrastructure had been upgraded or modernized, according to a new study from the University ...

Walk through buildings from your own device

Oct 29, 2014

Would you like to visit The Frick Collection art museum in New York City but can't find the time? No problem. You can take a 3-D virtual tour that will make you feel like you are there, thanks to Yasutaka ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.