Army Expeditionary Technology competition kicks off in California

March 18, 2019

By Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. (March 18, 2019) -The U.S. Army kicked off the next phase of its second Expeditionary Technology Search competition, known as xTechSearch 2.0, Feb. 27 at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technology in Playa Vista.

The Army established the competition to serve as a catalyst to engage with the non-traditional small business sector and drive American innovation for Army challenges while spurring economic growth, officials said.

The event follows its predecessor launched last year, in which more than 350 companies participated from across the United States. xTechSearch 2.0 extends the initiative to attract game-changing innovation to the Army by continuing a competition where companies pitch novel technology solutions directly to Army leadership.

In California, the Army invited 11 companies to pitch innovative technologies -- in the modernization priority area of Army Network -- to a panel of judges comprised of Army subject matter experts with a keen awareness of how these technologies can shape the Army's future capabilities.

Competition benefits include cash awards (non-dilutive capital), being showcased at the upcoming Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium & Exposition scheduled for March 26-28 and the opportunity to establish a dialogue with the Army to explore future collaboration.

The technologies presented during the day ranged from fundamental research innovations to innovative Precision Time and Frequency products and were recognized for their technical merit, technical risks, return on investment and relevance to Army modernization priorities.

While the competition began with contenders from across the nation with the hope of winning xTechSearch 2.0, only five were selected for the next phase of the competition:

Cogitari: Specializes in the next generation of multi-layered wireless communications and network infrastructure and pitched "Secure Wireless Comms with RF Monitoring."

NAVSYS Corporation: Specializes in promoting the use of the global Positioning System in a wide variety of commercial and military applications and pitched "System-of-systems Open Architecture PNT Data Distribution Service."

SIGINT Systems, LLC: Specializes in the design and development of specific signal collection and processing systems and pitched "Wideband DF and Beamformer for on-the-move ISR."

NOVI: Specializes in integrated hardware/ software solutions that combine state-of-the-art in image processing with the next generation of intelligent and pitched "Convolutional Neural Network Based Geospatial Image Analytics."

Vidrovr Inc.: Specializes in intelligence gathering as well as countering foreign disinformation and propaganda campaigns and pitched large scale computer vision systems for visual intelligence."

"Nothing but praise for this effort, as well as broader initiatives within the government. to facilitate and simplify interactions with commercial entities outside of the typical R&D and procurement channels," said Dr. Amit Mehra of NOVI.

Officials invited xTechSearch participants to meet with Army leadership and professionals from the Office of Small Business Programs. The sessions covered many topics such as how to do business with the Army; Research and Development and Open Campus collaborative opportunities.

"It was great to see the dialogue between Army subject matter experts and these innovative companies trying to reshape the world as we know it," said Joshua Israel, the xTechSearch lead for Playa Vista. "Facilitating a continuous dialogue is one of the main intrinsic values xTechSearch offers both the Army and Industry. We look forward to seeing this dialogue aid in the transition of paradigm shaping capabilities to our warfighters."

Other Army priority areas supported by the competition include Long-Range Precision Fires, Next Generation Combat Vehicle, Future Vertical Lift, Air and Missile Defense; Medical Technologies and Military Engineering Technologies.

The next phase of the competition will take place at the 2019 Association of the United States Army Global Force Symposium & Exposition scheduled for March 26-28 in Huntsville, Alabama.

The CCDC Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is an element of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command. As the Army's corporate research laboratory, ARL discovers, innovates and transitions science and technology to ensure dominant strategic land power. Through collaboration across the command's core technical competencies, CCDC leads in the discovery, development and delivery of the technology-based capabilities required to make Soldiers more lethal to win our Nation's wars and come home safely. CCDC is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Futures Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: March 18, 2019