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InterSense, Case Western Awarded DARPA Dev. Contract

May 14, 2009

Micro inertial navigation technology development contract was awarded in support of a research project dedicated to advancing navigation and dead reckoning capabilities in GPS-denied environments.

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire) -- InterSense Inc., a market leader in precision motion technology, announced it has been awarded a DARPA development contract in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University. DARPA's Micro Inertial Navigation Technology (MINT) project calls for the development of a prototype micro-navigation system based on state-of-the-art dead reckoning technology. The goal is to produce a tracking system for military and commercial applications that provides highly accurate positioning information even when GPS navigation is unavailable. The technology is applicable to field operations, as well as training systems.

By combining InterSense's inertial measurement technology with a high-resolution, error-correction ground reaction sensor cluster being developed by Case Western Reserve, the NavShoe-based micro-inertial navigation system is projected to achieve positioning accuracy of <1% of distance traveled in either indoor or outdoor terrain. In contrast, current dead reckoning sensors produce accuracy measurements between 2% and 5% of distance traveled.

MINT project standards specify the use of micro- and nano-scale, low-power navigation sensors that are small enough to be placed on a boot where zero velocity measurements can be detected with high accuracy. InterSense's proof-of-concept NavShoe technology will provide the central functionality to meet this objective.

"NavShoe is a breakthrough in precision motion tracking technology," said T.C. Browne, CEO of InterSense Inc. "There is a great need in military and civilian arenas for tracking and navigation applications that can benefit from the precision, accuracy and convenience of NavShoe. We are pleased to work with the Case Western Reserve team to bring this technology to fruition for the benefit of DARPA, and for the success of future military operations and other life-saving missions."

About InterSense
InterSense Inc. is a market leader in precision motion technology. Its patented Hybrid Technology tracks motion with an unmatched combination of real-time positioning, tracking and alignment capabilities, bringing higher speed and quality to visual simulation, enhanced vision and navigation applications. InterSense's premier motion tracking products enable real-time, realistic interaction with computer graphics to enhance technical applications in training and simulation, robotics, augmented reality, 3D virtual displays, video/film/game development and production, oil and gas exploration, and medical imaging. In addition to a marquis global customer base spanning the military, industrial, entertainment, research, engineering and life sciences industries, InterSense also works with a network of software solution partners, systems integrators, value added resellers and OEM hardware partners.

About Case Western Reserve University
With an endowment of more than $1.8 billion, Case Western Reserve University supports nearly 100 designated academic and research centers and receives nearly $400 million in external awards for research each year. Located on 155 acres in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve generates a $1 billion impact for the region's economy. Nearly all of the university's 2,600 faculty members hold the doctorate or other appropriate terminal degree, and 15 Nobel laureates—including the first American scientist to ever receive the prize—are counted among its alumni and current and former faculty.

DARPA's mission is to maintain the technological superiority of the U.S. military and prevent technological surprise from harming our national security by sponsoring revolutionary, high-payoff research bridging the gap between fundamental discoveries and their military use. The organization has responded to issues of national importance with new ideas and technology that have changed the way wars are fought and even changed the way we live. DARPA programs focus on high-risk research that will have payoffs which could enable dramatic advances in military capabilities. Each DARPA office manages a large portfolio of programs.

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