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Canine non-LOS Directional Control System
Phone: (210) 218-6424
Phone: (508) 410-9230
The Army Research Office (ARO) and Army Special Operational Forces (ARSOF) have identified a need to provide directional control to multi-purpose canines (MPCs) when they proceed into non-line of sight environments. The overall objective of this SBIR program is to create a Canine Non-Line of Sight Directional Control System (NLOS-DCS) that considers canine physiology and perception and does not impair the ability of the MPC to operate. Mantel successfully executed the Phase I program and created a prototype device that exceeded the desired specifications of ARO. The Mantel Non-Line of Sight Directional Control System (NLOS-DCS) provides near real-time directional commands to a canine and low latency head mounted (sub 50 msec) video to a handler. The NLOS-DCS sends video and commands up to 110 meters and through three walls. During the development of the NLOS-DCS, Mantel established key relationships with end users and component manufacturing partners. In Phase II, Mantel will undertake an iterative design process to improve the capabilities and characteristics of the NLOS-DCS. Using the Phase I prototype device as the starting point will speed that iteration by rapidly and affordably informing design decisions and allowing for hands-on testing by end users.
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