Bascom Hunter receives NSF grant

Bascom Hunter, a wireless communication equipment company with offices in the Louisiana Technology Park, has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The money will be used for a study to improve the efficiency of public safety radio networks, by minimizing interference. While the study will initially focus on radio networks, the technology could be applied to wireless systems, such as personal smartphones. The steadily increasing amount of data traffic from smartphones is causing companies to build cell towers closer to each other, which increases interference.

Bascom Hunter was founded by Andrew McCandless, who previously worked with Mezzo Technologies, and Paul Prucnal, an electrical engineering professor at Princeton University, who has developed new ways of canceling radio frequency interference. The company is working with Shuangqing Wei, an associate professor with the LSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Bascom Hunter moved into the tech park at the start of the year. In March, the firm was awarded a $716,000 contract from the U.S. Navy to develop an interference cancelation system.