Persistent Systems, developer of the WAVE RELAY mobile ad hoc network (MANET), will supply radio network technology and systems for Endeavor Robotics’ May 2018 announced order from the US Marine Corps (USMC). Under the $10 million award, Endeavor will provide the USMC with its FirstLook UGV, a 5lbs, ruggedised surveillance robot supported by the WAVE RELAY MANET.
Persistent Systems will provide the secure, long-range IP connectivity between Endeavor’s UGV and its uPoint Multi-Robot Control System, supporting command and control, video, and the transmission of other critical sensor data. The FirstLook robot is often used to clear buildings and see into deep tunnels, crawl spaces, and other complex environments where the WAVE RELAY MANET uses 3x3 MIMO technology to route data around those obstacles for increased throughput and maximised network performance.
“We appreciate the opportunity to continue to work with Endeavor Robotics and support the USMC by providing a reliable network connection to their UGV platforms, allowing Marines to assess and neutralise dangerous situations from a safe distance," said Herb Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. The company previously supported the USMC with communications and situational awareness exercises using the MPU5 radio and WAVE RELAY MANET.
“Superior radio communications are key to FirstLook’s mission success,” Sean Bielat, Endeavor Robotics CEO, concluded. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Persistent as we work together to build dependable robotic systems for the Marines.”