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TacNet Tracker

Handheld Tracking and Communications Device

Sandia National Laboratories

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Technology Marketing SummaryThe TacNet Tracker is designed to transport information securely via portable handheld units without the need for fixed infrastructure. The low profile device is easily worn to provide users with real-time location tracking, communication with other users, and shared information along a secure encrypted self-forming and self-healing network. This line-of-sight network is essentially a custom, privately owned Internet with the capability to self-form on a second-to-second basis. If a unit becomes separated (e.g., line-of-sight is lost), the remaining components “self-heal” the network by forming another path. Because of the mesh network’s multi-hopping capabilities, the TacNet Tracker can create secure paths around obstructions that might hinder a regular radio.DescriptionThe device has similar communication and data-sharing capabilities as a laptop computer, but in a much more compact, lightweight format—approximately the size of a smartphone. The TacNet Tracker also provides additional functionalities—including Bluetooth communications, USB ports, and tracking with GPS or mesh positioning.Benefits
  • Secure encryption
  • Light weight and portable
  • Tracking capabilities via GPS or mesh positioning
  • Bluetooth communications and USB ports
  • COTS components and customizable software
  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Mesh network capable
Applications and Industries
  • Corrections — Jails/Prisons
  • Military
  • Outdoors Industry
  • Law enforcement
  • First responders
  • Mining Industry
  • Secured Access Facilities
More InformationUS Patent Pending
Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Patent 8,185,101
Handheld portable real-time tracking and communications device
Portable handheld real-time tracking and communications devices include; a controller module, communications module including global positioning and mesh network radio module, data transfer and storage module, and a user interface module enclosed in a water-resistant enclosure. Real-time tracking and communications devices can be used by protective force, security and first responder personnel to provide situational awareness allowing for enhance coordination and effectiveness in rapid response situations. Such devices communicate to other authorized devices via mobile ad-hoc wireless networks, and do not require fixed infrastructure for their operation.
Sandia National Laboratories 05/22/2012
Technology Status
Technology IDDevelopment StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
SD 10236Development - Sandia estimates this technology’s TRL at level 8. The device has been proven to work in its field of use under expected conditions and has achieved actual system completion.Available - Various license and partnering options are available. Please contact the Intellectual Property department to discuss.01/05/201103/12/2013

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