Neya in the News
How Interoperability Benefits Military, Civil and Commercial Domains
As modern-day information systems become more complex, the importance of interoperability cannot be overlooked. Organizations across numerous industries rely on a myriad of software applications and devices to streamline operations, facilitate communication and drive innovation. However, without interoperability, the potential of these systems is hindered, which can lead to inefficiencies and barriers to collaboration.
GEARS of war: U.S. Army picks 3 companies to advance autonomous resupply
The U.S. Army and the Defense Innovation Unit selected three companies to help create heavy-duty vehicles capable of independently navigating rugged terrain and restocking soldiers in the field. Neya Systems, Robotic Research Autonomous Industries and Carnegie Robotics bested dozens of other contenders to conduct autonomy prototyping for the Ground Expeditionary Autonomous Retrofit System project, or GEARS.
Mobile Robot Guide
Neya Systems, Carnegie Robotics, and RRAI earn Army vehicle contracts
The U.S. Army last week awarded three Other Transaction Authority agreements valued at $14.8 million to three vendors for the Autonomous Tactical Vehicle System, or ATV-S, program. Neya Systems, Carnegie Robotics, and Robotics Research Autonomous Industries will each develop four prototypes. The initial contracts with Neya Systems, Carnegie Robotics, and Robotics Research Autonomous Industries (RRAI) are for a base award. The Army said its acquisition plan includes an option to procure a total of 41 prototype builds.
Mobile Robot Guide
Neya Systems demonstrates ability to use ATAK to control a UGV
Neya Systems, a provider of off-road autonomy, open architecture, and mission-planning software, announced that it has achieved a technical milestone in the control of off-road vehicles. The Warrendale, Pa.-based company demonstrated the use of Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) technology to control an uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV). The team used the UGV Interoperability Profile (IOP) and the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) communication layer to achieve this technical milestone.
Mobile Robot Guide
Neya Systems to develop cybersecurity standard
Neya Systems, a provider of off-road autonomy and mission planning software, yesterday announced a new strategic initiative. The company says it will develop a cybersecurity standard for autonomous ground vehicles. Pittsburgh-based Neya Systems says the development effort will focus on enhancing the protection, mitigation, recovery, and adaptability of AGVs. The company says it will do this by applying Department of Defense (DoD) Zero Trust cybersecurity to its autonomy software.
Defense Innovation Unit
Accelerating Autonomous Vehicle Technology for the DoD
The U.S. Army has partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to prototype a software as well as a process to adapt uncrewed vehicle technology to the diverse and challenging military operation environments. The Ground Vehicle Autonomous Pathways project will prototype software for the navigation of uncrewed vehicles by fusing data from multiple sensors and allow for teleoperations of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV). The project will also provide a technical pipeline to continue rapid development and deployment of autonomous features as they become commercially-available.
Duality Robotics awarded DARPA project for photorealistic environmental simulation and sensing for autonomous UGVs
Duality has partnered with Neya Systems, a division of Applied Research Associates, to leverage Neya’s autonomy expertise to validate the developed technologies through testing, data collection, machine modeling, and integration with autonomy stacks.
Robotics & Automation News
Industry leaders aim to make Pittsburgh the ‘robotics capital of the world’
The alliance brings together leaders from top robotics companies, research institutions and universities in the Pittsburgh area, including ... Neya Systems.
Neya Systems Tapped to Develop U.S. Department of Defense Unmanned Multi-Robot Software Functionality
Advanced off-road autonomous robotics company awarded DTRA contract to integrate chemical and biological warning and reporting, hazard prediction, and risk assessment software
Army Taps 5 Companies to Develop AI, Robotic Tech Prototypes
The U.S. Army has selected five companies to receive funds that will support artificial intelligence and robotic technology prototyping projects under the service branch’s other transaction agreement with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium.
Army selects companies for experimental infantry technology
The Army has funded five companies to develop prototypes of robotic and artificial intelligence technologies that could make dismounted infantry platoons 10 times more effective.
Neya Systems Announces Software Addition to US Army’s RTK
The successful maturation and testing of AM3P, performed under the Combat Vehicle Robotics (CoVeR) program, led to the decision to begin the RTK integration process.
Army seeks robots to supply its big guns with ammunition
“We have several different technologies that are applicable to the Field Artillery Ammunition Resupply problem, including the ability to travel between off-road locations without any prior map or knowledge of the terrain or vegetation between those locations.”
Pittsburgh Business Times
Local company joins Army cohort, focuses on tech for off-road usage
According to the U.S. Army Applications Laboratory, the methods for storing, shipping and loading munitions have not advanced much over the past century— but Pittsburgh-based Neya Systems is out to change that.
Neya Systems selected for first Army Capability Accelerator cohort program
“Neya is dedicated to developing autonomous technologies that will keep military personnel safe in unsecured and hostile environments,” said Mike Formica, Division Manager of Neya Systems. “The autonomous artillery resupply system will increase both safety and efficiency. We are excited to be working alongside the other selected participants in the FAAR Cohort to provide a robust solution to the Army.”
Eschewing Robotics Rows for Robotics Boroughs
Neya Systems, a maker of autonomous vehicles, has existed in the North Hills since the founding of its processor company 10 years ago. The location offers plenty of space and easy access to a test-driving range in Butler County.
Future Robots Will Be Easy on Soldiers, Tough on Foes
Osie David, project lead for the C5ISR Center’s C4ISR Modular Autonomy Project, touts the importance of planning software, which he says is “one of the most overlooked things.” For instance, if warfighters want a robot to search a specific area, that seemingly simple task involves a lot of steps and substeps. The planning software provided by Neya will help plot those various steps so that soldiers don’t have to. “Instead, soldiers can just review a plan the system has come up with and make changes as necessary.”
All About Circuits
DARPA’s Subterranean Challenge Tasks Engineers with Communication and Sensor Issues
Team CRETISE (Collaborative Robot Exploration and Teaming In Subterranean Environments) drops off auxiliary nodes. But this team takes it a bit further, as the FirstLook robots they deploy are themselves mobile. They travel around as needed to situate themselves wherever the mesh most needs augmentation at any given time. The CRETISE team is a collaboration of Endeavor Robotics (now part of FLIR) and Neya Systems.
Robotics Business Review
Robots Prepare to Go Underground for Latest DARPA Challenge
PITTSBURGH – Starting tomorrow, autonomous robots from 11 teams will descend into an underground mine outside of the city for the first stage of DARPA’s multi-year Subterranean Challenge. Teams will face a simulated mine disaster, with a mission to create 3D maps of the underground mine, and identify several prepositioned objects and “human survivors.” With a combination of robots and drones to navigate the environment, teams will have 60 minutes each to complete the mapping and search mission.
Players gather for robotic combat vehicle competition
The Combat Capabilities Development Center’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center (CCDC GVSC) is working with the NGCV CFT to harness what industry has to offer and identify the Army’s future requirements for a light-, medium- and heavy-weight robotic combat vehicle.
The Robot Report
Don’t miss these sessions at the Robotics Summit & Expo 2019
“Know thy users” is a common enough mantra in robotics circles, but identifying and serving their needs isn’t always easy. This year’s Robotics Summit looks at protecting your intellectual property, working within robotics clusters, safety standards, and more. The U.S. Department of Defense is a major robotics supporter, but how do you move to commercial customers? Parag Batavia, president of the Neya Systems Division at Applied Research Associates, will describe the business model to do so.
IDEX 2019: Polaris displays its multi-mission MRZR X vehicle
The MRZR X is designed for future flexibility, with Modular Robotic Applique Kits (M-RAKs) from Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA). ARA has been producing M-RAKs for more than 20 years, with a specialty in off-road robotics, further enhanced by the acquisition of Neya Systems. The advanced MRZR X fully integrates the autonomy systems and optimally places the sensors to safeguard the technology while keeping the physical and software architecture open for future technology upgrades. The vehicle’s hybrid drivetrain is powerful and reliable, allowing for export power, longer missions, high speeds and silent drive when needed – all on the very familiar, sustainable and intuitive MRZR platform.
Army News Service
New SMET will take the load off Infantry Soldiers
Late last month, during a "Close Combat Lethality Tech Day" in the courtyard of the Pentagon, Hanson had with her on display the contenders for the Army's SMET program: four small vehicles, each designed to follow along behind a squad of Infantry Soldiers and carry most or all their gear for them, so they can move to where they need to be without being exhausted upon arrival.
Applied Research Associates
NDIA Recognizes ARA’s Parag Batavia as a National Leader in Robotics
Parag formed Neya Systems LLC in 2009, and has directed significant autonomy-related advancements and technology innovations that have been implemented on multiple DoD unmanned systems. With Parag at the helm, Neya Systems has been recognized worldwide for its contributions to advanced unmanned systems technology.
National Defense Magazine
Robotic Vehicle Program Will Test Army’s Acquisition Agility
Matt Fordham, associate division manager for unmanned systems and security products at ARA, noted that there are many technical challenges to off-road robotics for military platforms that civilian self-driving cars don’t face. “We don’t have Google Maps that show the best route,” he said in an email. Unmapped obstacles like boulders, trees, holes and massive terrain changes have to be solved by the system, he noted.
Meet MRZR X — the Polaris equipment transport ground robot
The MRZR X was developed by a team consisting of Polaris, Applied Research Associates and Neya Systems. Polaris provided the vehicle base while ARA and Neya provided the autonomy capability, Patrick Zech, Polaris’ program manager for advanced development, told Defense News at AUVSI. ARA recently acquired Neya Systems and has been producing Modular Robotic Applique Kits (M-RAKs) for more than 20 years.
AUSA 2017: This military ATV can ‘think’ and drive itself
Robots will soon be serving alongside soldiers in the U.S. Army, but not the sort of humanoid robots seen in "Terminator" – these robots could be more like “thinking” ATVs. The U.S. Army launched a revolutionary SMET initiative that aims to integrate robots into brigades.
Polaris going after autonomous driving contract for Army
Polaris hired robotics experts Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Neya Systems to see if the trio could tackle a major milestone. The next step for this contract is adding ARA's "advanced unmanned systems technology" and Neya's "autonomous systems behavior," officials said.
VectorNav supplies IMU for military bomb-disposal robot
VectorNav Technologies, a provider of embedded navigation solutions, announced at AUVSI’s Xponential that it will supply its surface mount VN-100 inertial measurement unit/attitude and heading reference system (IMU/AHRS) to Neya Systems for a custom version of that company’s UxAB module.
Applied Research Associates, Inc. Acquires Neya Systems LLC
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA), an employee-owned scientific research and engineering company, acquired Neya Systems LLC on April 28, 2017. Neya Systems LLC is known for their development of unmanned systems for defense, homeland security, and commercial users.