Technica Corporation has entered three-year cooperative research and development (R&D) agreement for its SmartFog computing platform with artificial intelligence (AI).
The $1.04m agreement with the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is part of the service’s distributed processing in heterogeneous tactical environment programme.
Technica’s AI-based fog computing platform will be capable of extracting and integrating disparate smart edge device data into a common system.
Technica chief executive officer Miguel Collado said: “We are excited to work with the army to turn this innovative artificial intelligence concept into reality.
“AI and the use of machine learning is a critical step for the army in battlefield operations and this programme will provide the warfighter with the knowledge superiority it needs to fight and win.”
Leveraging distributed processing and machine learning tools, SmartFog will gather, correlate and evaluate data in environments, where power and bandwidth are limited, to produce actionable intelligence.
This will provide troops with enhanced situational awareness in denied and contested environments and enable rapid, decisive action.
Technica business development vice-president Doug Sickler said: “Managing the massive amounts of data from the internet of things (IoT) sensors and devices on the battlefield and making sense of that information can be time-consuming.
“SmartFog will help commanders cut through the noise on the battlefield to make more informed decisions regardless of environmental challenges.”
According to the company, the fog computing platform is also expected to support the development of future AI-based applications that can integrate the Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT).
The ARL’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) is acting as the project leader, which will work with academic and industry partners to perform research and technology development.
US-based Technica was established in 1991 and provides high-end systems engineering and operations and maintenance for mission-critical networks and applications to defence, intelligence, law enforcement, and federal civilian agencies.