Common control? AI at the edge? ATAK integration? Check
Today's militaries are in the midst of major recapitalization efforts with the shift towards increased unmanned systems use. In particular, the U.S. Army has made great strides in developing open architectures (e.g. RAS-G IOP) to enhance fielded unmanned systems capabilities and extend their life-cycle. The objective is to significantly improve the warfighter's capabilities and effectiveness by integrating soldiers and machines as a combined fighting force that forms a manned-unmanned teaming (MUMT) unit.
To realize this goal, it is required that soldiers be able to command and control (C2) robotic systems from a common, man-portable system. Tomahawk Robotics is delivering this capability to customers today with our Kinesis product family. Kinesis provides a common control solution that is agnostic to robotic hardware, communications hardware, or even the specific end user device (EUD). The result is a secure, low-cost, common control system that outperforms custom-built alternatives across the board, lightens the soldier’s load, and works seamlessly with existing tactical equipment and tools to extend capabilities and mission effectiveness.
The figure above illustrates a team equipped with a fixed-wing UAS for organic ISR, an SMET UGV for squad support, and an sUAS for additional ISR capability. The squad is connected over a tactical MANET radio network (e.g. Persistent Systems MPU5) with ATAK enabled EUDs. TAK/ATAK allows all team members to communicate, call for various support elements, view ISR data from unmanned platforms via the Kinesis TAK Plugin, and geolocate all MUMT elements.
Key benefits of the Kinesis ecosystem include:
Intuitive control of nUAS, sUAS, and UGVs from a common operating picture
Unmanned systems camera/sensor distribution across the network via the Kinesis TAK Plugin
Fully integrated unmanned systems with the tactical MANET datalinks and TAK/ATAK
AI processing at the edge providing real-time video analytics from all unmanned platforms via KxM
Reduced soldier burden with EUD "reuse" for common control and lightweight, wearable KxM-based TAK server
Drastically reduced cognitive burden enabling effective unmanned systems use by non-specialist users
Can I use Kinesis to control and task multiple unmanned systems at the same time across multiple domains?
Yes you can. Kinesis was built for this exact purpose, to control multiple disparate unmanned systems simultaneously in a multi-domain scenario.
Can I integrate Kinesis with non-robotic sensors such as unattended ground sensors (UGSs)?
Yes, Kinesis has been architected to do just that. We realize that operators will want to augment their ISR capabilities through a variety of means and our cross-architecture, IoT-inspired approach provides that flexibility.
Can I handoff an unmanned system or payload to another user on my local network?
Yes, all users on the local Kinesis network can control, request, or release control of various systems and their respective payloads. This allows two users to coordinate control of a single unmanned system (e.g. one user controls a UAV flight plan and one user controls the sensor ball).
Which unmanned systems are supported?
The team at Tomahawk Robotics has significant experience with robotics control architectures and therefore can integrate with the majority of commercial and defense platforms. The "Get Started" page has additional details on supported systems.
Does Kinesis work with TAK/ATAK? What are the limitations?
Yes, the Kinesis TAK Plugin works with US, international and civilian versions of TAK/ATAK/DSA. The Kinesis TAK Plugin provides non-Kinesis users access to the ISR feeds and other geolocation data of connected unmanned systems. Additionally, Kinesis users benefit from pre-populated and dynamic points-of-interest (POI) shared from TAK/ATAK to the Kinesis mission planner.
Can I wear KxM as a mobile edge processor?
Yes, KxM can be deployed as a very lightweight, high-speed GPU for AI-enhanced edge processing for all users/systems on the tactical network. AI applications (e.g. computer vision, augmented reality, etc.) can be applied to all ISR feeds - not just from systems that are large enough to carry their own processing. For ease of use, KxM includes MOLLE attachments out of the box.