Yearly Archives: 2009


Tracking Military Operations in Urban Terrain

April 2011 Q-Track demonstrated a Location-Aware Combat Identification (LACID) system for blue force tracking. The LACID system employs Q-Track’s Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER®) Real-Time Location System (RTLS).  The demonstration used locator-receivers deployed around the training range and a number of FCC Part 15 compliant low-power transmit tags. After a short calibration, the LACID system successfully tracked tagged soldiers throughout the training area.  Location error was typically no more than 1m (3ft) outside and inside of […]


Tracking Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT)

  Huntsville, AL, August 18, 2009 – Today, Q-Track demonstrated a Location-Aware Combat Identification (LACID) system for blue force tracking. The demonstration took place at a Military Operations Urban Terrain (MOUT) training range. The LACID system employs Q-Track’s Near-Field Electromagnetic Ranging (NFER®) Real-Time Location System (RTLS).  The demonstration used four locator-receivers deployed around the training range and two FCC Part 15 compliant low-power transmit tags. After a short calibration, the LACID system successfully tracked two […]


Business News from The Huntsville Times

Fortune Small Business names Huntsville the No. 1 medium-sized city to launch a business By Marian H. Accardi October 13, 2009, 10:28AM   HUNTSVILLE, AL —  Fortune Small Business has named Huntsville the No.1 medium-sized city to grow a business in the “Best Places to Launch” feature appearing in the magazine’s November issue. Orion Propulsion and its president, Tim Pickens, is featured in the article, with Pickens discussing the growth of his company that specializes in rocket-engine testing […]


Rocket town: Huntsville, Alabama

  Aerospace is not the only game in Huntsville. Local engineer Hans Schantz, 44, recently founded Q-Track to develop patented indoor wireless tracking technology using a type of low-frequency radio wave that he claims can penetrate walls far better than the high-frequency waves used in radio frequency identification and GPS technology. Potential civilian and military applications include locating shipping containers in ports and tracking soldiers across urban battlefields. Local incubator BizTech provided Q-Track with office […]


How Does NFER® Technology Work?

Near field electromagnetic ranging (NFER®) technology involves a generally overlooked, and often times deemed irritating aspect of radio frequency, or “RF,” behavior.  The majority of conventional radios operate in the ‘far field’, a designation that, combined with the ‘near field,’ makes up the boundary regions of electromagnetic radiation emitted from an antenna.  NFER® technology exploits peculiar behavior exhibited in the near field.  These peculiarities manifest within about half a wavelength of the antenna, or in […]


Application Literature

Q-Track Corporation   Simulated Dosimetry for Realistic Radiation Training  Simulated Dosimetry for realistic radiation training: Workers who understand how to use and interpret their personal radiation dosimeters can avoid health hazards and minimize costs for their employers. However, accurately simulating hazardous environments is a challenge… Q-Dose™ Simulated Dosimeter for Realistic Radiation Training  The Q-Dose™ Simulated Dosimeter senses and responds to virtual radiation that you control. When utilized with Q-Tracks Dosimulation™ System, Dose and rate change […]


Worker Safety

  Mine SafetyIn the event of trouble, knowing the precise location of the miners at risk can greatly assist rescuers. The more quickly the rescue team can reach miners at risk, the more likely the rescue operation will be successful. Currently, there is no technology capable of determining the precise location of underground miners. Continue… Location Aware Radiation MonitoringQ-Track worked with ORNL personnel to integrate a teledosimeter with Q-Track’s NFER® location system. A teledosimeter enables […]


Nuclear Training

Simulated Dosimetry for Realistic Radiation Worker Training Workers who understand how to use and interpret their personal radiation dosimeters can avoid health hazards and minimize costs for their employers. However, accurately simulating hazardous environments is a challenge. Q-Track answers that challenge with our Radiation Worker Training System. Using our patented technology, the system automatically and instantaneously correlates a worker’s actual location with a trainer-controlled simulated radiation environment. Our training dosimeter then displays the instantaneous and […]


Mine Safety

Introduction and Background  Recent tragedies at the Sago Mine, the Aracoma Alma Mine, and the Darby Mine have brought renewed attention to an old problem: situational awareness in mine emergencies. Improved communication is a partial, but not a complete, solution to the problem. Mine emergencies often involve dense smoke and dust that impair visibility and disorient even those familiar with the mine layout. Additionally, miners overcome by carbon monoxide cannot communicate useful information to potential rescuers. […]