Spectrum, Oak Ridge Lab Team for Software-Defined Active RFID Readers

11/24/2004 - Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., a subsidiary of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY), announced a contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to jointly develop a suite of multi-purpose software-defined radio frequency identification (RFID) interrogators.

The interrogators, or readers, are being developed for multiple funded programs addressing military logistics, homeland security and commercial transportation applications. The readers are designed to track military assets in both hostile and non-hostile environments and to monitor the location and physical integrity of intermodal cargo containers. The programs being supported under this collaborative effort include:

The active RFID interrogators being developed with ORNL will incorporate the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) to allow them to interoperate with Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) communications devices. The readers will support multi-waveform operation including the support of complex waveforms designed to optimize the use of available frequency spectrum and to prevent the jamming and spoofing of security-sensitive RFID signals.

"One of ORNL's main objectives is to enable total asset visibility (TAV) across the US armed forces and emergency first responders through the use of multi-function RFID readers and innovative sensor technologies," stated Mark Buckner, Senior Program Manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "To achieve TAV in as short a timeframe as possible, we are employing advanced, commercially available products and technologies. Spectrum provides us with proven software defined radio solutions along with the SCA know-how critical to ensure that our systems are interoperable with JTRS platforms."

"Our relationship with ORNL originated with the sale of an SDR-3000 system in July of this year," stated James P. Atkins, President of Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc. "Today we are engaged in a comprehensive, co-development effort with ORNL to advance the state-of-the-art in active RFID. Our software defined radio expertise, SCA knowledge and secure waveform experience are proving invaluable in this regard."

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is a multi-program science and technology laboratory managed for the US Department of Energy by UT-Battelle LLC. Scientists and engineers at ORNL conduct basic and applied research and development to create scientific knowledge and technological solutions that strengthen the nation's leadership in key areas of science; increase the availability of clean, abundant energy; restore and protect the environment; and contribute to national security. More information on ORNL may be found at www.ornl.gov.

Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. (NASDAQ: SSPI / TSX: SSY) is a leading supplier of software-defined platforms for defense electronics applications. Spectrum's products and services are optimized for military communications, signals intelligence, surveillance, electronic warfare and satellite communications applications. Spectrum's integrated, application-ready products provide its customers with compelling time-to-market and performance advantages while mitigating program risk and cost parameters. Spectrum Signal Processing (USA) Inc., based in Columbia, Maryland, provides applications engineering services and modified commercial-off-the-shelf platforms to the US Government, its allies, and its prime contractors. More information on Spectrum and its flexCommTM product line is available at www.spectrumsignal.com.

TM flexComm is a trademark of Spectrum Signal Processing Inc.

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