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Charles River Analytics Joins Innovation Center for Warfighter Systems

Charles River Analytics announced its collaboration with General Dynamics C4 Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), in an unprecedented initiative called the EDGE™. The EDGE has been designed to enhance the delivery cycle of warfighter technology and capabilities. It is sponsored by General Dynamics, which is providing the laboratory for developing and testing new and emerging technologies.

Charles River Analytics will provide the EDGE with advanced-prototype software for automated analysis of surveillance video, such as target detection/recognition, change detection, target tracking, and enhanced situation awareness to support demonstrations of war-fighter technology. One application of this prototype includes a Land Warrior enacting an urban assault mission using total-immersion (virtual reality) simulation technology.

“Charles River’s existing, highly robust software, which tracks targets using a stationary video camera (in day & night, and in all weather conditions) is being adapted to work with a video camera onboard a small unmanned aerial vehicle (SUAV),” explained Magnus Snorrason, Vice President of Sensor Processing and Networking Systems at Charles River Analytics. Charles River and General Dynamics collaborated to produce technology that enables the warrior to launch an SUAV and receive instantaneous updates on any vehicle in the field of view.

The EDGE has attracted early interest from industry, government and academia by providing an operating process that will bring cutting-edge technology to the tactical edge of the battlespace faster.

Located in Scottsdale, Ariz., the EDGE has supported 10 technology initiatives to date, including delivering innovations to the U.S. Army for its Land Warrior program and Future Force Warrior (FFW) Advanced Technology Demonstration (ATD). One innovation is a capability for the FFW initiative designed to enable future soldiers in small combat units to use critical sensor data from unmanned air and ground vehicles.

“By aligning the innovations of EDGE members with requests and feedback from warfighters and warfighting programs, we can deliver capabilities quickly that are relevant, interoperable and responsive,” said Richard Coupland, Business Area Manager of Warrior Systems for General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Government program management participants in the EDGE include PEO Soldier at Ft. Belvoir, Va.; the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center at Natick, Mass.; and the Training and Doctrine (TRADOC) Capabilities Manager-Soldier at Ft. Benning, Ga.

EDGE member companies and universities include Apogee Software, Inc. of Campbell, Calif., Arizona State University of Tempe, Ariz., including its Flexible Display Center; Armor Holdings, Inc. of Phoenix, Ariz., Charles River Analytics of Cambridge, Mass., Computer Sciences Corporation of Falls Church, Va., EFW Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, DDC-I of Phoenix, Ariz., DRS Laurel Technologies of Johnstown, Penn., Faunton/Quantmtech of Boise, Idaho, GECO, Inc. of Mesa, Ariz., L-3 Communications of Salt Lake City, Utah, Land Warfare Acoustic Systems, Inc. of Newport, R.I., Benchmark, Inc. of Rochester, Minn., PolyPhaser Corp. of Minden, Nev., Silverado Cable Company, Inc. of Mesa, Ariz., and Telephonics Corporation of Farmingdale, N.Y.

The EDGE officially opened in December 14, 2006 with a ribbon cutting event attracting government warrior program officials, industry representatives, elected officials and academic institutions. More information about the EDGE can be found online at www.EDGEWarrior.com.

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