Utah Patent of the Month – May 2024

Fortem Technologies, Inc. has pioneered a compact radar system designed to elevate the precision and versatility of object detection. This innovative radar employs advanced digital beam steering and forming techniques to enhance the clarity and accuracy of its detections. 

While cars and air travel have allowed us to explore the world as we wish, the increase in vehicles means a higher risk of collision and a higher risk of sitting and waiting in traffic. Fortem Technologies is using radar to help alleviate this traffic by logically managing traffic lights and roadways based on the actual usage.

It consists of a set of transmit antennas and receive antennas that work in unison, managed by integrated processors to coordinate their operations. This configuration enables the radar to detect objects within its range with remarkable accuracy, determining their angle, range, radar cross-section, and velocity.

A key feature of Fortem’s radar system is its capability to suppress signal noise, clutter, and jamming, ensuring reliable performance even in congested and noisy environments. This is achieved through sophisticated processing algorithms that isolate the desired signals from unwanted interference. Additionally, the system employs electromagnetic signal isolation structures between the transmit and receive antennas to further enhance signal integrity.

The radar system is also designed for efficient heat dissipation and mechanical vibration reduction, crucial for maintaining performance and longevity in various operational conditions. This is facilitated by RF channeling elements that help manage thermal loads and mechanical stresses.

Fortem’s compact radar system is not only efficient but also versatile, making it suitable for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aerospace to security and surveillance. Its low size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) characteristics make it an ideal choice for modern, mobile, and space-constrained environments.

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