The KVH CNS-5000 combines FOG-based inertial measurement and GPS technology for 100% situational awareness on Unmanned Ground Vehicles
MIDDLETOWN, RI – February 24, 2009 – Securing large areas like airport perimeters and container yards is an increasingly dangerous task, and companies like Frontline Robotics are working to make it safer for human security personnel by designing unmanned vehicles to patrol these spaces. For Frontline’s GRUNT Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicles (AUGVs) to carry out their assigned tasks, it is critical that they know precisely where they are at all times. To achieve this, Frontline turned to KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) and its CNS-5000 continuous navigation system. Relying on precision navigation and positioning information provided by the CNS-5000’s unique combination of KVH fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based inertial measurement and NovAtel GPS technology, teams of GRUNT units can provide 100% situational awareness that is indispensable for securing large areas and keeping their human counterparts out of harm’s way.
“The CNS-5000 is commercial off the shelf (COTS) technology integrated into a compact, robust enclosure that is well suited to the demands of 24/7 operation in a variety of environmental conditions on a vehicle,” says Jeremy James, President and CEO of Frontline Robotics. “The CNS-5000 meets current and future requirements for our target market, which is UGVs for the perimeter security of critical infrastructure. These include, for example, the perimeters of airports, borders, nuclear power stations, and military bases.”
The compact, versatile CNS-5000 offers seamless integration of KVH’s FOG-based IMU with NovAtel’s OEMV® GPS precision receiver technology. The tight coupling of these technologies within the CNS-5000 optimizes the raw GPS and IMU data, delivering position data accurate to one inch along with superior velocity and attitude information, in a self-contained navigation package for the commercial market. This low-cost, small form-factor solution for 3-D positioning, velocity, and attitude measurement is composed entirely of commercial components and designed to meet COTS requirements, minimizing the operational complexities for customers whose products cross international boundaries.
“We are excited that Frontline Robotics chose the CNS-5000 to provide navigational data for the GRUNT AUGVs,” says Sean McCormack, FOG/OEM sales manager for KVH. “These vehicles work in an incredibly demanding environment, and the CNS-5000 offers a range of benefits that help to maintain performance and reliability, even as the environment changes. We look forward to supporting new innovations with this application as it gains popularity in the security industry.”
To learn more about this application, visit www.kvh.com/whitepapers to download the new case study, “Frontline Robotics Turns to CNS-5000 to Keep Unmanned Security Vehicles On Track.” Visit www.kvh.com/CNS5000 for detailed information about the CNS-5000 continuous navigation system, or www.fiberopticgyro.com to learn more about KVH’s full line of FOG products.
About Frontline Robotics Inc.
Frontline Robotics Inc. (www.Frontline-Robotics.com) is an innovator in collaborative machine intelligence. Their patent-pending technology, the Robot Open Control™, is a Team Intelligence™ software platform for the control of teams of mobile robots performing coordinated missions in public security applications. The company is actively licensing the Robot Open Control to security, robotics and defense organizations, and is using commercial-off-the-shelf technology to deliver working robots to market. For more information, please visit the company website at www.Frontline-Robotics.com.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television and voice services via satellite to mobile users at sea, on land, and in the air. KVH is also a premier manufacturer of high performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. The company is based in Middletown, RI, with facilities in Tinley Park, IL and Kokkedal, Denmark.
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