5D works with the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy and defense subcontractors to develop unmanned system behaviors and plug and play mission payloads that increase performance and reduce workload for Warfighters.
Our graphical interface and tasking software, ICE™, provides intuitive tasking and improved situation awareness across in a wide variety of tactical situations. Our robot-side BE™ software enables the robot to make critical searching and navigation, reducing workload and distraction. The 5D focus is on providing responsive, real-time collaborative control especially in dynamic, complex environments.
5D robot-side Behavior Engine (BE™) software runs on unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), unattended ground sensors (UGS), manned vehicles, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or other distributed military assets. This software includes robust behaviors for reactive guarded motion, obstacle avoidance and follow, as well as deliberative behaviors for mapping, localization, waypoint navigation and path planning. It also allows plug and play of many different sensors.
5D offers the ICE™ software that runs on the operator controller/interface side to simplify tasking of remote side assets and provide improved situational awareness to operators. This includes the ability to track and visually represent the robot as well as other entities moving in the environment as well as the ability to task and operate the robot, sensors, and other remote equipment. The same ICE™ interface can be used to operate any robot and payload that has been integrated with our BE™ software.
Both BE™ and ICE™ are integrated with ultra-wide band (UWB) RF systems from American Biomedical Group Tag and Traq. The Tag and Traq receivers provide high accuracy relative position of tagged entities including humans, manned vehicles, and robots. This allows responsive behavior that is much more reliable and accurate than GPS control. Tags can be used as attractive or repulsive beacons and include unique IDs so that the robot can be told to head towards, track, pickup or stay away from a given tag. This allows the behaviors to be based on real world signals and provide relative positioning accurate to +/- 1ft.Improvised Explosive Device Defeat
5D Robotics has developed an IEDD kit capability that can plug-and-play a number of battle-tested sensors for detecting and analyzing explosive threats across many different robots and arms. We are working on projects funded by the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and US Army Project Manager for IEDD to expand those capabilities and add additional IEDD sensing and neutralization capabilities to the kit. These projects will simplify and improve standoff control and provide new capabilities for scanning for buried objects, trip wires, other explosive devices and enable spot checking of suspect items such as guard rails, trash, etc. The IEDD kit includes 5D software, appropriate perception and hazard sensors, a scanning arm/manipulator, neutralizers, an operator control unit, and wireless communications. 5D’s IEDD kit capability gives Warfighters the flexibility that is essential to address the wide variety of threats they face.Mapping Tunnels
5D Robotics offers a field-ready robot add-on kit that includes advanced laser-based mapping software including new enhancements for visualization, online map correction, integrated GPS and automatic seamless correlation with satellite imagery and other terrain data. As part of the productization effort, we have developed a tunnel mapping add-on kit through partnerships with a number of leading industry partners who provide best in class commercial products for computing, GPS and inertial sensing. The package includes an intrinsic link between GPS and laser-based mapping so that we can easily merge the map with aerial imagery. The mapping kit provides seamless zoom-in from a God’s eye view in the satellite map into the tunnel map created on the fly.Follow-Me Kit
The 5D BE™ can be used to provide high-speed follow using a combination of laser tracking and UWB tag tracking. This capability allows the robot to track even in non-line-of-sight environments and is fast enough to follow at a sprint speed and sufficiently safe and agile to follow people through dense urban and forested settings. The goal is to carry equipment for the soldier and ensure that the robot can keep up autonomously without requiring warfighter control. At times, the robot can also be cued to go ahead to look for hazards and scout out the way ahead. The 5D follow capability includes the ability to “wagon-train” heterogeneous autonomous vehicles as well as have robotic vehicles follow a manned vehicle.