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Integrated soldier power and data system (ISPDS)
Author(s): Roman Ostroumov; Thomas Forrester; Kang Lee; Robert Stephens; Anthony Lai; Mohamad Zahzah
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Paper Abstract

Physical Optics Corporation (POC) developed the body-worn Integrated Soldier Power and Data System (ISPDS), a configurable node for plug-in wired or wireless server/client or peer-to-peer computing with accommodations for power, sensor I/O interfaces, and energy harvesting. The enabling technology increases the efficacy of uniformed personnel and first responders and provides an option for reducing force structure associated with the need for hardware network infrastructure to enable a mobile digital communications architecture for dismounted troops. The ISPDS system addresses the DoD’s need for an “intelligent” power control system in an effort to increase mission duration and maximize the first responders and warfighter’s effectiveness without concern for the available energy resources (i.e., batteries). ISPDS maximizes durability and survivability, assesses influences that affect performance, and provides the network backbone and mobile node hardware. POC is producing two vest-integrated variants, one each for the U.S. Army PEO Ground Soldier and the Air Soldier, with each including state-of-the-art low-profile and robust wearable connectors, cabling, and harnesses, and an integrated low-profile power manager and conformal battery for data and power distribution. The innovative intelligent power controller (IPC), in the form of the ISPDS firmware and power sensing and control electronics, will enable ISPDS to optimize power levels both automatically and in accordance with manually set preferences. The IPC module is power dense and efficient, and adaptively provides lossless transfer of available harvested photovoltaic energy to the battery. The integrated systems were tested for suitable electrical, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and environmental performance as outlined in military standards such as MIL-STD- 810G and MIL STD-461F.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9115, Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications V, 91150D (5 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053627
Show Author Affiliations
Roman Ostroumov, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Thomas Forrester, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Kang Lee, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Robert Stephens, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Anthony Lai, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)
Mohamad Zahzah, Physical Optics Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9115:
Energy Harvesting and Storage: Materials, Devices, and Applications V
Nibir K. Dhar; Palani Balaya; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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