About MSSI

MSSI® is recognized as the industry leader in the development of ultra wideband (UWB) systems for communications, radar and geo-positioning.


MSSI® is recognized as the industry leader in the development of ultra wideband (UWB) systems for communications, radar and geo-positioning. Applications include high-speed communications networks and data links; collision and obstacle avoidance radars; precision geolocation systems for personnel location, asset tracking and inventory control; intelligent transportation systems (tags and electronic license plates) and others. MSSI design experience includes GHz bandwidth RF as well as high speed digital processing systems. RF designs span from DC to 40 GHz; while digital designs have extended to beyond 500 Mb/s.

Since its inception, MSSI has had a long history of developing and fielding UWB hardware and systems for government and military customers and applications.

The company was founded by Dr. Robert J. Fontana, who serves as its president. Under his direction as President, MSSI has developed a wide variety of UWB systems, spanning applications in communications, radar, and precision geolocation. The company has received over 80 Government and private sector awards for the development of UWB systems, and Dr. Fontana has been the Principle Investigator for many of these programs.

Dr. Fontana was the chairman for the 2002 IEEE Conference on UWB Systems and Technologies, Baltimore, MD, the first IEEE-sponsored conference dedicated to UWB. He was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship presented by the Hughes Aircraft Company (now Raytheon) while completing his doctoral research in information theory.

Robert J. Fontana
B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology,
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Stanford University


1978 – 1981 Assistant Professor, Carnegie-Mellon University

1981 – 1984 Department Manager, Advanced Technology, Litton-Amecom

1984 – 1986 Quest Research Corporation

1987 Formed a consulting practice; continued his work utilizing short-pulse UWB technology

1988 Formed Signal Analytics Corporation (renamed Multispectral Solutions Inc. (MSSI) in 1991) to develop high-speed signal and image-processing architectures for real-time applications and to continue development of short-pulse electromagnetics applications.

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