Neya Systems Tapped to Develop U.S. Department of Defense Unmanned Multi-Robot Software Functionality

VISE, which is based on Unreal Engine, makes use of various open-source simulation and communication software packages to enable the deployment of highly customized vehicles and sensors in complicated environments.

Fremont, CA: Neya Systems, a division of Applied Research Associates, has announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) of the U.S. The Department of Defense will develop a Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) plugin to help coordinate and deploy unmanned, robotic platforms equipped with Chemical, Radiological, Biological, and Nuclear (CBRN) sensors. The $1 million contract asks for the integration of Neya Systems' Mission Planning and Management System (MPMS) as a TAK-enabled tool that enables operators to coordinate and task a wide range of manned and unmanned systems for CBRN missions. DTRA intends to use this TAK plugin to improve CBRN situational awareness in order to protect military and civilian populations from deliberate or unintentional chemical or biological threats.

"MPMS is an end-to-end solution for operations with multiple assets, in domains such as DOD, mining, warehousing, and agriculture," stated Mike Formica, division manager of Neya Systems. "With over $10 million in direct DOD funding to date, MPMS has successfully controlled and coordinated a wide variety of robotic assets including UGVs and UAVs, such as the Raven UAS, MTRS UGV, and KMAX helicopter."

This new MPMS-TAK plugin will include a collection of well-known CBRN procedural templates for identifying, surveying, and monitoring hazards. This will use MPMS's inbuilt set of algorithms to automatically assign autonomous platforms to carry out CBRN missions. MPMS will receive and distribute sensor readings from each robotic platform to nearby TAK plugins, which will subsequently calculate hazardous agent release.

The MPMS-TAK plugin will be tested and validated using simulated robotic assets via VISE, Neya Systems' Virtual Integration, and Simulation Environment. VISE, which is based on Unreal Engine, makes use of various open-source simulation and communication software packages to enable the deployment of highly customized vehicles and sensors in complicated environments.

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