TRX Systems, developer of NEON® GPS-denied location technology, was selected to participate at the 2020 Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiments (AEWE) hosted by the U.S. Army Maneuver Battle Lab in Fort Benning, Georgia. At AEWE 2020, the TRX NEON application provided assured position data for soldiers operating in GPS-denied areas, improving situational awareness, supporting effective navigation, and enhancing safety.
AEWE 2020 is the Army’s premier prototype technology and concept event focused on squad and small units which will play a critical role in shaping the future Army between now and 2025. AEWE 2020 was an opportunity for TRX and other selected companies to demonstrate technologies that will make soldiers more effective and lethal within multi-domain maneuver environments.
Soldiers lack access to reliable position information in GPS-denied areas which severely limits a team’s situational awareness and ability to navigate. TRX’s NEON is a low SWaP, assured PNT technology that provides 3D position and navigation capabilities when satellite technology is unavailable or unreliable. Integrated with the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), NEON improves situational awareness where GPS is not available due to intentional GPS-interference or natural signal blockage.
At AEWE 2020, TRX’s NEON Location Service, integrated with Nett Warrior/ATAK, was deployed on soldier End User Devices as they navigated through simulated GPS-denied outdoor areas and inside buildings throughout the McKenna Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) site. NEON provided assured position as the soldiers evaluated system ease-of-use and impact on situational awareness.
“AEWE 2020 provided TRX with voice-of-the-soldier feedback on the NEON GPS-Denied technology. Integrated with ATAK, the NEON mobile application was built to provide assured soldier position and AEWE was a unique opportunity for live warfighter validation,” said Jeff Kunst, Vice President of Product and Business Development at TRX Systems. “Hands-on evaluation and immediate feedback from dismounted warfighters executing a broad set of missions have been vital for roadmap development and will be used for all the GPS-denied products we deliver.”
TRX Systems is the developer of NEON® GPS-denied location solutions, delivering assured position and mapping where GPS is not available or is unreliable including indoors, underground, in dense urban areas, and where GPS is jammed or erroneous. NEON delivers ubiquitous, low-cost, GPS-denied location through the use of advanced sensor fusion, ranging, and patented dynamic mapping algorithms. NEON® location technology provides the foundation for a number of commercial applications, including NEON® Personnel Tracker and NEON® Signal Mapper. In addition to the U.S. Army, TRX’s indoor location software development has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).