Tesseract Ventures has been awarded a direct-to-Phase II Small Business Innovation (SBIR) grant by the US Air Force through AFWERX to continue to develop open / proprietary tools and technologies to aid the Air Force in advanced data visualization, enhanced situational awareness, location tracking of supplies and resources.
The research proposal, submitted under the 21.1 SBIR cycle, has been approved for a $1.25 million contract for research and development (R&D) at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO, home of the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
Under this grant, the company will continue developing its Tesseract Smart Space, Prism connected wearables and hardware, Node security hubs and more.
The Smart Space is a physical collaboration and data visualization hub that brings together information from every part of a mission or base for improved situational awareness and better operational control. It can reveal critical insights at a time when the military is challenged to analyze and visualize massive and ever increasing amounts of data.
Node is a highly portable, self-contained access control and credentialing hub that acts as a central brain for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, integrating data from various sources while also providing security at installation sites. Node can be deployed in minutes on all types of bases, at field hospitals and beyond, with little to no infrastructure needed.
Prism is a suite of advanced wearables and hardware that allows users to track the locations of personnel and equipment, create virtual zones, send out real-time alerts, receive SOS calls and more. Prism’s real-time data capabilities can enhance safety and efficiency both on the base and in the battlefield.
Tesseract’s advanced asset tracking sensors give commanding leadership a clear view of where material is at all times. This enhanced awareness can cut costs, aid in inventory and even give insights into maintenance needs.
Each of these components is designed to work together, or individually, giving users the flexibility to scale up or down their application as required by a project or mission.
“Tesseract’s technologies represent an opportunity for Whiteman to move into the future of flightline operations at an accelerated pace,” said Ben Fogarty, Director of Innovation at Whiteman AFB and the lead Technical POC for the SBIR project. “We are committed to exploring implementing Tesseract’s capabilities in a way that will balance safety and security with new operational capability for our airmen.”
“The Air Force has always been a center of innovation and a launch pad for world-changing new technologies,” said John Boucard, founder and CEO, Tesseract Ventures. “We are honored to work alongside some of the military’s most visionary minds, as we develop technologies that can make our Air Force more efficient and better connected, while keeping our service people safer both on the base and in the field.”