Robotic Research joins Persistent Systems' Wave Relay Ecosystem

Persistent Systems has announced that Robotic Research has joined its Wave Relay Ecosystem, which is an alliance of sensor and unmanned system companies that all use Persistent’s Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET).

“The aim of the Wave Relay Ecosystem is to deliver the warfighter a truly unified battlefield network where all of the sensors and unmanned systems are united to deliver the warfighter real-time situational awareness,” explains Jeffrey Washington, director of Business Development at Persistent Systems.

Robotic Research’s WarLoc, which is a boot-worn sensor for keeping track of dismounted troops in GPS-denied environments such as caves, skyscrapers, subway tunnels, has already been proven to integrate and work seamlessly with Persistent’s MPU5 tactical networking device. The boot-worn sensor is currently deployed across U.S. Army Brigade Combat Teams and with U.S. Special Operations Command forces.

According to Persistent, Robotic Research also plans to include Persistent technology in its Pegasus II, mid-sized, transformable UAS/UGV, which is part of the Robotic Researches' family of tactically deployable, transformable, autonomous robotic systems that provides all the air capability of a VTOL UAS in conjunction with the capabilities of a UGV. Pegasus was developed by Robotic Research for DTRA/CCDC AC in support of specialized missions where the system’s unique sequential use of aerial and ground capabilities extends the reach of the warfighter. During Project Convergence 20, Pegasus II demonstrated those capabilities and was recognized as one of the most futuristic systems there.

Persistent says that it is positioned to field over 10,000 radios/tactical networking devices to the U.S. Army across five UGV Programs of Record. The company adds that it is this leadership in networking unmanned vehicles that makes the collaboration between the two companies so significant.

“Robotic Research is honored to be a provider of autonomous and unmanned products and systems for a wide variety of defense and intelligence customers across the national security spectrum,” says Alberto Lacaze, co-founder and president of Robotic Research.

“As a Wave Relay Ecosystem Partner, we can ensure that we are building our systems to be a part of the larger, integrated warfighter network that is taking shape on the battlefield.”

Robotic Research is also the prime autonomy provider of autonomous vehicle technology for the Expedient Leader-Follower program, which enables the platooning of unmanned, autonomous trucks, and as a result reduces the number of soldiers being put in harm’s way for many operational mission scenarios. Persistent and Robotic Research have been working together on this effort for the past four years.