Projects

INSTALLATION PROJECT

  • Satellite System for Pipeline SCADA Communications

Representing the equipment manufacturer I am supplied project management and technical support for a 40 ground station satellite system for use by a pipeline company.  Work completed in October 2015.

Content

– Financial plan – met
– Schedule – installed on time.
– Material logistics

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

The following is a sampling of the technology products I had technical leadership responsibilities.

● Wireless Video Surveillance

I was the system architect, lead designer and manager of the design team which created the first rapidly deployable digital video wireless surveillance system. This work was done in a start up under extremely tight staffing and budget constraints. The resulting system comprised custom designed wireless cameras, a novel self configuring wireless system, a ground-up IP based Digital Video Recorder and other novel and robust elements.

Technical Content

– System design
– Wireless design and radio selection
– Control algorithms
– User interface
– Embedded software
– PC-based (Linux) system software
– Digital video
– Data communications and networking
– Mechanical design for a physically abusive environment
– Power subsystem

● Hand-held Video Viewing Unit

Designed for use by tactical officers, the project created a hand-held wireless video unit for use with a wireless surveillance system. The hand-held unit has hot-swappable batteries, supports gloved hand operation and uses very robust secure radio technology.  I was the system architect, lead designer and manager of the design team.

Technical Content

– System design
– Wireless design and radio selection
– Ergonomics
– User interface
– Embedded software
– PC-based (Linux) system software
– Data communications and networking
– Mechanical design for a physically abusive environment
– Battery subsystem

● Rural Radio

The target customer for this project was an Indian company, with the ultimate customer being the Indian DOT. Securing this project required meeting with the DOT in order to establish end need and requirements and to resolve frequency planning issues. My responsibilities included intensive battles with the European cellular providers and Qualcomm in order to secure a frequency band for our system to operate within.  I was the system architect, lead designer and manager.  As project manager for the 18 developers I was the face of the project to the business side of the team consisting of an equal number of employees.

Technical Content

– System design
– UHF wireless link budgets
– Advanced modem development
– ASIC and FPGA design
– Call processing software
– Network management software
– Design for low cost manufacture
– Antennas
– Telephone interface hardware
– Power subsystem
– Packaging for indoor and outdoor environments

● GTE Airfone

This project advanced the state of the art in aeronautical mobile communications and was installed on 1500 aircraft. This project required working with the customer’s senior management team (VP level) as well as the customer’s engineers responsible for the day-to-day operations of the network, which was an operating revenue generating network.  I was the project manager for the test platform and the advanced modem development, technical contributor to much of the system architecture and contributor to some standards and regulatory submissions.

Technical Content

– System design
– Radio channel characterization and system performance estimation
– On-air interface design
– Test platform creation
– Advanced modem design
– Telecom system specifications
– Standards and regulatory

● VSAT
The project created one of the first Very Small Aperture Terminal satellite systems.  As one of two system designers on this project I established the detailed requirements in concert with the customer (our parent company) met with their potential customers, produced marketing and sales support analysis and negotiated the specifications with the OEM component suppliers based in Japan.  One of the more challenging aspects of this design was creating a stable software system using an outsourced call processing system in conjunction with an internally developed management system.

Technical Content

– System design
– Vendor specifications
– Satellite link budgets
– Data communication and protocol spoofing
– Multiple access system
– Control software
– Network management software
– RF & IF circuitry
– Modem
– Packaging for indoor and outdoor environments
– Antenna interface circuitry
– On-air interface design
– Satelite simulator test bed creation

● Canada – Korea technology transfer project
Completed a technology transfer project with three Korean companies and the Korean government. The project team consisted of 33 Korean engineers and 20 Canadian engineers. My duties were project management of the hardware development and training of the Korean engineers in satellite systems and hardware design.

Technical Content

– System design
– RF & IF circuitry
– Modem
– FPGA
– Packaging for indoor and outdoor environments
– Antenna interface circuitry
– Test bed creation

Some images of the above are on the Tech-Knows page at http://tech-knows.com/projects/

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