NEW YORK. Persistent Systems LLC in New York is introducing the Embedded Module, a size, weight, and power (SWaP)-optimized, scalable Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) radio designed for easy integration and to unite unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones; unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), and sensors on a single network.
“We envision a networked world, with unmanned systems and sensors seamlessly communicating with teams in the field. The Embedded Module represents a major step toward a networked Ecosystem, which will permit connected people, systems, and sensors to perform autonomously or collaboratively,” says Dr. Herbert Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems LLC.
Featuring a high-definition (HD) video encoder and onboard Android computer, the Embedded Module provides access to the Wave Relay MANET and is compatible with Persistent’s full line of Interchangeable Frequency Modules, enabling users to leverage 3x3 MIMO technology to communicate far, fast, and reliably.
The Embedded Module unites unmanned systems’ communication, computing, and video subsystems into a single, cost-effective package, officials say. The Embedded Module’s HD video encoder and onboard Android computer replaces separate specialized video and computing equipment with a single device that performs the same functions but takes up less space, weighs less, consumes less power, costs less, and requires fewer engineering hours to integrate. Unmanned system operators relying on Persistent’s Embedded Module can focus on what matters most: the mission.
“As the user community rapidly adopted the MPU5, demand developed for third-party solutions that natively participate in the Wave Relay MANET,” Dr. Rubens adds. “We built the Embedded Module to support our Wave Relay Ecosystem partners, providing them with a solution that is easy to integrate into their UAVs, UGVs, sensors, and cameras.”
The Embedded Module is compatible with Persistent’s full line of Interchangeable Frequency Modules. A paired Embedded Module and Interchangeable Frequency Module allows operators to leverage 3x3 MIMO technology and 6 watts (W) of transmit power for long-range communications at speeds exceeding 100 megabits per second (Mbps). MIMO leverages radio-frequency (RF) reflections from the radio’s surroundings and antenna placement diversity to extend range, reinforce reliability, and improve throughput. The Embedded Module’s Interchangeable Frequency Module also enables easy frequency changes as unmanned systems are deployed across the world and across industries. Additionally, as global spectrum regulations continue to evolve, the Interchangeable Frequency Module means that compliance is easier and that system design is future-proofed.
Integrating the Embedded Module brings unmanned platforms into the Wave Relay Ecosystem, where all UAVs, UGVs, sensors, and systems are networked. The Embedded Module uses Persistent’s Wave Relay MANET routing to provide multi-hop IP connectivity between multiple Wave Relay radios – Embedded Modules and MPU5s alike – extending range and simplifying deployment. Unmanned systems and sensors from multiple manufacturers can communicate on a common network, and MPU5 radio users can operate platforms, watch video feeds, and steer cameras.
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