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Augusta Systems to Develop Navy's Robotic Vehicle Sensor Systems

September 12, 2006

The sensor technologies provider is given a $2.4 million contract to enhance the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities of unmanned systems.

MORGANTOWN, WV /PRNewswire/ -- Augusta Systems, a provider of sensor system technologies, was awarded a $2.4 million contract to assist the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) with development and management of small robotic vehicle sensor systems featuring advanced control algorithms.

"Unmanned vehicles are essentially mobile sensor systems. In order for small unmanned systems to achieve maximum mission performance, they need effective sensor data alignment, processing, and transmission," said Patrick Esposito II, chief operating officer of Augusta Systems. "We are pleased to assist the Navy in its efforts to increase the capabilities of these robotic vehicles."

Augusta Systems will provide technologies that deliver at-point sensor processing and data filtering, as well as resilient communications and rapid data alignment from diverse sensor sources. The company will assist the Navy with efforts to enhance the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities of unmanned systems, including the ability to achieve coordinated behavior—that is, to operate in unison independent of operator control.

"Multiple unmanned vehicles, when linked in a cooperative fashion, operate like a mobile sensor network, gathering, processing, and sharing information. Our sensor system enabling technologies can help individual vehicles as well as the entire sensor network to operate in an efficient and effective manner," said John Moody, vice president of systems engineering for Augusta Systems.

Subcontractors to Augusta Systems on the effort include AAI Corp., a United Industrial Corp. subsidiary; NewVectors LLC, a for-profit subsidiary of Altarum Institute; West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

Last year, Augusta Systems was awarded a $750,000 contract from NAVAIR for related work to improve the ability of unmanned vehicle sensor systems to locate and recognize objects, an achievement known as automatic target recognition.

About Augusta Systems:
Augusta Systems Inc. (Augusta Systems) provides sensor system technologies. These sensor-enabling technologies assist business, industry, and government with managing the data overload resulting from wide-scale sensor deployments for security, asset tracking, and monitoring. The company's flagship technology is SensorBridge, a sensor system middleware product enabling rapid integration of sensor assets into existing data systems and streamlined development of new sensor systems. Other products include sensor processing and aggregation technologies. These technologies enable sensors and sensor networks, wireless sensors and wireless sensor networks, RFID systems, IPv6 and netcentric systems, physical/IT security convergence and more.

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