Persistent Systems MPU5 smart radio achieves security validation, facilitates 320-radio network, is selected for Raytheon unmanned platforms

NEW YORK. Persistent Systems LLC is advancing its MPU5 smart radio, applicable to aerospace and defense applications, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The company demonstrated the ability of its MPU5 to scale up to a 320-node mobile ad hoc network (MANET), received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its MPU5 networking radio and Embedded Module products, entered in to a five-year partnership with Raytheon to incorporate Wave Relay MANET technology into Raytheon’s manned and unmanned systems and sensors, and released new 10-watt versions of its S-Band and L-Band RF modules.

Jun 7th, 2018
Persistent Systems MPU5 smart radio achieves security validation, facilitates 320-radio network, is selected for Raytheon unmanned platforms
Persistent Systems MPU5 smart radio achieves security validation, facilitates 320-radio network, is selected for Raytheon unmanned platforms

NEW YORK. Persistent Systems LLC continues to advance its MPU5 smart radio, applicable to aerospace and defense applications, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The company has demonstrated the ability of its MPU5 to scale up to an unprecedented 320-node mobile ad hoc network (MANET) at a military operation urban training facility at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Further, Persistent Systems received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its MPU5 networking radio and Embedded Module products, entered in to a five-year partnership with Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN) to incorporate Persistent’s Wave Relay MANET technology into Raytheon’s family of manned and unmanned systems and sensors, and released new 10-watt versions of its S-Band and L-Band RF modules.

The MPU5 runs the Wave Relay MANET routing protocol, enabling the radio to transmit and relay secure voice, video, text, and sensor data in a robust, peer-to-peer fashion — all without external communications infrastructure. It’s a capability that the U.S. Army has been looking for with its Brigade Combat Teams.

“The Army wants a MANET that can scale up to 250 mobile radios in a flat, layer-2 network,” says Herbert Rubens, founder and CEO of Persistent Systems. “However, such a network would exceed the capability of most other solutions currently available.”

Persistent’s Wave Relay was designed to achieve extremely high levels of scalability without any limitation on the number of nodes or routing hops permitted in the network. The Fort Bragg demonstration — in which, 320 MPU5 radios, spread across 37 multi-story buildings including basement levels, communicated successfully on a single RF channel — proved this capability.

“Let’s be clear: A flat MANET network of this size has never been demonstrated by any other organization,” Rubens adds. “We not only proved that it is possible to scale up to a 320-node, flat, layer-2 network, but that it works, and it works well.”

During the demonstration, the MPU5:

  • Tethered with Samsung Galaxy S7 phones, reported their GPS locations, to provide situational awareness in both ATAK and WinTAK;
  • Connected a video camera on a Polaris DAGOR lightweight tactical vehicle, streamed more than 2 Mbps of multicast video over the network; and
  • Used its Radio over IP (RoIP) capability to tether multiple legacy land mobile radios into the network, allowing dismounts to speak on Tactical Satellite while carrying only an MPU5 and the Persistent Dual PTT Device.

The load on the network was representative of an extremely large team running voice, video, and situational awareness. Yet despite the load on the network, the MANET still had additional capacity to spare.

“Persistent has a reputation for advancing the state-of-the-art in scalable MANET technology,” Rubens continues. “And we have proven that the MPU5 can deliver a tactical MANET network that scales beyond the Army’s requirements.”

Persistent Systems also has received a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 security validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for its MPU5 networking radio and Embedded Module products. Government agencies that require this information security validation will now be able to make wider use of Persistent products.

Persistent Systems has entered into a five-year partnership with Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN). Raytheon will incorporate Persistent’s Wave Relay MANET technology into Raytheon’s family of manned and unmanned systems and sensors, creating a true battlefield network.

Persistent Systems has released new 10W versions of its S-Band and L-Band RF modules, which leverage advancements in power amplifier technology to deliver increased output power and greater power efficiency. The RF modules also implement a more advanced RF filtering architecture providing increased noise immunity in congested and contested RF environments

Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems LLC is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay. The company’s industry leading R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting-edge Wave Relay system and technology. Wave Relay transmits and receives data, video, voice and other applications under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Their suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.

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