WSi News2022-03-31 15:39:21
PureTech successfully completed integration of short and long-range Counter UAS capabilities into its Autonomous Geospatial Border and Perimeter Protection C4ISR that addresses critical security threats, further demonstrating the system’s scalability and resiliency to enable all-domain command and control capabilities.
“We strive to demonstrate our open architecture’s power to utilize information from every modality, this time delivering air domain awareness and enabling law enforcement agencies to monitor airspace for current and future UAS threats from nefarious actors to critical infrastructure, airports, and borders.,” says Ilia Rosenberg, Vice President of federal sector of PureTech Systems.
At the testing range similar to a typical border operational environment, the PureActiv C4ISR was able to detect and track small UAS flying different evading trajectories within the range of deployed sensors that included 3D radars from SRC and Echodyne, long range EO/IR cameras from PVP, and a Whisper Hunter direction finder from SRC that detects various signals of interest in contested and congested spectrum environments. Simultaneously, using its long-established artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, PureActiv was able to autonomously detect, track, and identify people walking, thus providing increased situational awareness for the operators. In addition, dissemination of all relevant operational data to distributed Team Awareness Kit (TAK) units was successfully demonstrated throughout the demo.
“This is another testament to our Autonomous PureActiv C4ISR system maturity and ability to connect legacy systems and new technologies to not only significantly extend the already long list of capabilities, but also do it within the framework of existing interfaces without increasing cognitive loads on the system operator and not requiring additional agents to control the system,” said Larry Bowe, president of PureTech Systems.
The demonstration took place at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Advanced Training Center, running operationally realistic scenarios with small UAV simulating Red Force threats and PureTech engineers at the controls. The PureActiv software was hosted on a small form factor edge computer connected to the sensors, which were deployed outside the demo facility. PureTech considers these tests, conducted at no cost to the government, as a foundation for a broad scale Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) of PureActiv, in which the system can be evaluated on its operational performance.