US Air Force Selects Kinnami and West Virginia University for Next Generation Information Technology STTR (TSTR) - Next generation Information Technologies – STRT (TTR ) STT (next generation) technology (Next
Kinnami Software Corporation announced that it has won a United States Air Force Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract in partnership with West Virginia University. This Phase 2 STTR award, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) under its AFWERX Agility Prime program, will fund technology development focused on improving operations and outcomes of personnel recovery (PR) and CSAR This research is in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force 563rd Rescue Group (RQG), located at Davis-Monthan Air Base in Arizona. The 563rd RQG is the head of one HC-130J Combat King, two HH-60G Pave Hawk and three Guardian Angel squadrons in support of CSAR tasks worldwide. The award supports the continued development of Kinnami's resilient data platform, AmiShare, and WVU'S research on robust navigation in challenging environments.
Effective PR/CSAR operations require the ability to locate personnel quickly and accurately, and to securely collect and share baseline biometrics and other tracking metrics. The resilient data management platform of Kinnami combined with WVU positioning and navigation algorithms for unmanned drones provides a new solution to increase PR/CSAR operational efficiency in saving isolated personnel. Kinnami's platform can work in degraded communication environments and provides secure means for the sharing of sensitive data, such as location and biometrics. The solution can securely provide data about the person being rescued in real-time to support mission operations more effectively.
"Partnerships like this help us field tomorrow's Air Force faster and smarter," said Peter White, 563rd RQG commander. "We're working together to save the people who are experiencing a worst day of their lives. The ability to communicate in real time with isolated personnel and divers assets in degraded and contested environments could help Air Force personnel recover operations."
In these missions, rescue teams need to find personnel in harsh environments such as mountainous terrains or inclement weather accurately. Network connectivity often degrades in these environments; GPS might be degraded or denied or adversaries may block radio spectrum. Personnel may be injured or immobile, and can't communicate long distance. Rescue mission teams need to collect biometrics and other tracking data securely and they want to share information about specific operations with other PR/CSAR operations in parallel. A pilot, a helicopter, two drones, and eVTOLs and electric vertical takeoff/landing (ESVOL) aircraft, must communicate with the personl rescue coordination center or other command and control agencies. Kinnami and WVU combined technology will solve complex problems.
"Kinnami's mission is to provide the robust data fabric necessary to make a connected and autonomous future based on the resilience needed to be made possible. This is what the PR/CSAR missions need to advance their capabilities, said Sujeesh Krishnan, CEO of Kinnami Software. "Our hybrid resilient data fabric guarantees irrefutable data integrity and secure data transmission even in degraded conditions, which are required in critical CSAR missions."
Dr. Jason Gross, associate professor and a professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, of West Virginia University. "We're excited to work with Kinnami and the 563rd RQG to advance our research on cooperative "Our work is critical to achieving CSAR's objectives in difficult environments and we're excited to see this technology in action."
Kinnami Software Corporation:
KinnamiTM delivers robust data fabric that simplifies the availability, protection and security of complex distributed networks that are essential to making the connected future a reality. Kinnami's software enables a single-data environment for trust, transparency, and newfound collaboration from edge devices to cloud. Customers achieve the irrefutable data integrity essential to distributed environmentsincluding unsecured or free-standing networks and autonomous operations. Kinnami was founded in 2015 by a team of data security experts and has offices in Boston, Washington, Austin, TX and London.
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