MALVERN, Pa., July 22 (UPI) -- Rajant Corp. is providing kinetic mesh technology software for a U.S. Navy contract supporting a project to deploy autonomous, unmanned ground vehicles.
The control, monitoring and video transmission technology will be supplied as part of a contract awarded to Kairos Autonomi by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., for the Navy Moving Land Target Program.
Kairos Autonomi, a pioneer in the design and production of systems for unmanned ground vehicles, provides the Pronto4 system, a robotic applique kit that enables automobiles to drive themselves by following a pre-defined Global Positioning System path or via remote operation.
The Navy intends to use the Pronto4 systems on pick-up trucks that will be used as unmanned moving targets that Navy pilots can fire upon during training exercises.
Pennsylvania's Rajant will provide 60 BreadCrumb LX3 wireless transmitter-receivers, which will be used to monitor and send control commands to the vehicles and for transmitting video from the vehicles to the control stations. The network of 18 ground control and relay stations will provide communications across the coverage area where the MLT vehicles will operate.
"Portable and fixed BreadCrumb nodes are widely used in military and mining applications today, where ruggedness, motion and flexibility are paramount," said Rajant co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Robert Schena.
"BreadCrumbs, using Rajant's InstaMesh technology, are ideal for this type of application as the nodes communicate with other BreadCrumb nodes to provide dynamic, on-the-fly frequency changes to adapt to physical surroundings or network availability."
"Rajant radios have proven their fidelity and performance on military training ranges and in other applications," said Troy Takach, president and chief executive officer of Kairos Autonomi. "We are pleased to partner with Rajant in providing robust data links as part of the Moving Land Targets program."
The Rajant BreadCrumb LX3 is a rugged multi-radio wireless transmitter-receiver that forms a mesh network when used in conjunction with other BreadCrumb devices. This portable wireless mesh node contains two radios and supports secure connectivity with any Ethernet or 802.11a/b/g client equipment -- ensuring full compatibility with millions of off-the-shelf devices including laptops, PDAs, IP cameras, sensors, VoIP phones and other IP gear.