Kuma Signals Wins $750K Contract to Develop Wireless Comm Tech

By Dean ~ September 15th, 2011. Filed under: SDR & SCA.

I saw this interesting bit of news on Twitter, of all places.  According to a recent press release from Kuma Signals:

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Kuma Signals, LLC

“The U.S. Navy has awarded Kuma Signals, LLC a $750,000 contract to further develop their Dillo platform, a wireless communications technology providing connectivity in extreme conditions. Kuma lands the contract as an extension of their $100,000 Phase I effort demonstrating the feasibility of Dillo.

The 2-year effort, which includes a $500,000 base contract with a $250,000 option, began in September and will result in a real-time demonstration of Dillo on military-grade software defined radios. Rockwell Collins, Inc. is providing their FlexNet radio platform as subcontractor on the effort.”

I’m especially impressed with their emphasis on “providing connectivity in extreme conditions.”  This is a challenge that I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about recently.  It’s a tough nut to crack.  I’ll be very interested in learning about their results.

Their release continues:

“Dillo integrates into the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), the next-generation of wireless systems planned for the U.S. military. “

It’s really nice to see another focused (ok, small) company having such success within the JTRS program.  Great work guys!  (Yes, all of the principals identified on their site are male — don’t send me nastygrams accusing me of being a misogynist)

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