Persistent Systems, LLC announced today that it will be supplying its Wave Relay mobile ad hoc networking technology to the QinetiQ North America (QNA) team chosen for the U.S. Army’s Common Robotic System-Individual (CRS(I)) program of record.
CRS(I) is a backpackable robot, less than 25 pounds, that dismount users can carry with sensor suites for viewing and detecting threats, providing greater situational awareness in the field.
QinetiQ won CRS(I) in March. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract is valued at up to $164 million. And the company has already begun placing Low Rate Initial Production orders for Persistent’s Wave Relay-enabling Embedded Module, which will be fitted into each new ground robot.
“We’re excited to, once again, deliver the Wave Relay MANET to the U.S. Army and help lead the drive towards networking the battlefield,” said Leslie Hulser, Director of Programs for Persistent, in today’s press release. “We are also very proud of our partnership with QinetiQ and congratulate them on this award.”
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QNA was one of the first members of the Wave Relay Ecosystem, an industry alliance of unmanned system and sensor companies putting their platforms on a common Wave Relay network—with the ultimate goal of giving the warfighter easy access to every unmanned vehicle, sensor and camera.
The Persistent Systems Embedded Module form-factor is QNA’s MANET radio of choice for CRS(I), providing secure, long-range data communication for the small ground robots.
For more information on the Wave Relay Ecosystem, visit www.persistentsystems.com/ecosystem/ Headquartered in New York City, Persistent Systems is a global communications technology company that develops and manufactures a patented and secure Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay, which transmits and receives data, video, voice and other applications under the most difficult conditions. Their suite of products is utilized in commercial, military, government, industrial, agriculture, robotics, and unmanned systems markets.