Magazine article National Defense

Army National Guard Awards Radio Contract

Magazine article National Defense

Army National Guard Awards Radio Contract

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* The Army National Guard's weapons of mass destruction civil support teams recently entered into an agreement with Persistent Systems to purchase more than 900 radios, according to company executives.

The contract - worth $8.9 million - includes the sale of 950 man-portable unit five, or MPU5, radios, said Lewis Sutherland, vice president of business development for Persistent Systems' military division. The devices - using the company's algorithm known as Wave Relay - can push voice, video, text and sensor data.

Persistent Systems - which is based in New York City - considers itself more of a network firm than a radio manufacturer, Sutherland noted.

"The network is key to solving a lot of the different problem sets that are out there," he said. The company has used the latest commercial advancements to produce a mobile, ad hoc networking technology, or MANET, that powers its radios.

That system essentially creates a selfhealing, peer-to-peer network that uses line-of-sight communications, he said.

"Basically you are bringing your own backbone with you when you go out in a group," he said. "If you can't directly connect to a guy that's down the road, you might be able to use a relay and the network will automatically figure that out for you. …

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