Primordial Secures U.S. Army Contract to Improve and Advance Existing Off-Road Navigation Software
- Created on 16 October 2012
Primordial today announced a three-year contract with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) that includes options for $3.7 million. The off-road navigation software company will provide NSRDEC with Primordial’s signature product, Ground Guidance®, developed for the U.S. military to display, evaluate, and recommend travel routes over unmarked terrain. NSRDEC will use the technology to develop routing decision support tools for soldiers and small units.
Primordial will work with the NSRDEC to adapt the Ground Guidance software for military applications and to account for:
- Weather conditions
- Energy expenditure
- Honesty traces
- Heat strain
- Operational constraints
“This partnership will advance our state-of-the-art Ground Guidance software to provide soldiers with safe and efficient routes from point A to point B,” said Randy Milbert, president of Primordial. “Soldiers will now be able to account for additional variables in the field in order to make more rapid and better informed decisions about their route under changing conditions.”
Ground Guidance, Primordial’s flagship product, is patented off-road routing software that plans fast and concealed routes for mounted and dismounted soldiers through on- and off-road terrain. Additionally, Ground Guidance’s GPS-based software allows real-time rerouting for soldiers during missions and in the field. The patented software was developed over nine years under contracts with the United States Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and others. Primordial has also integrated Ground Guidance with Falcon View, Land Warrior, and Movement Tracking System for use by the U.S. military.
“Load and route planning tools will help unburden our Soldiers and support mission planning,” said Robert Auer, senior operations research analyst, modeling and analysis team, NSRDEC. “Primordial believes in continuously evolving the Ground Guidance software for the needs of our troops, and we look forward to partnering with them to develop a greater capability set and to transition the technology.”
Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Primordial was founded in 2002 and is a leader in off-route route planning and navigation software for the U.S. military and consumer applications. Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance®, is patented software that determines best path routes through off-road terrain by analyzing land cover, elevation, and aerial photo databases. Primordial has worked and secured contracts with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation (CMDC), Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and others. For more information, visit http://primordial.com.