The history of U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams dates back to World War II. The initial mission at that time centered on rendering safe the host of unexploded bombs, mines and other ordnance left behind by conventional armies on battlefields and cities across Europe.
Today’s mission has shifted to a focus on detecting and defeating improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMDs). The challenge of today’s mission is two-fold:
- The threat environment is continually changing. The enemy now engages in what amounts to a game of spy-vs-spy. Every time we learn to defeat one type of device, they improvise a new version that requires new tactics.
- The risk of failure is more catastrophic. Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) devices expand the risk from a localized area to an entire region.
Asynchrony has been supporting the EOD mission since 2003, when it worked on a Government research project developing a system to connect EOD personnel in the field with an online knowledge base. After leading the project to a successful final Military Utility Assessment in 2005, Asynchrony entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to extend the technology to other military, public sector, and commercial organizations.
Today, the Mobile Field Kit (MFK) puts state-of-the-art collaboration tools and real-time sensor data in the hands of tactical teams such as:
- First Responders
- CBRNE Teams
- Physical Security Teams
Whether working in the wake of a disaster or mobilizing to secure a base or large facility, teams in the field require effective tools for communication, collaboration, situational awareness and management. The MFK allows team members to acquire, store, assess and share information, both within the team and across organizational boundaries.
The MFK is typically configured in a package that includes the software, hardened tablets and/or laptop computers, secure wireless mesh-networking and hardware facilitating WAN connectivity via cellular, satellite or other networks. And recently, there is growing support for integration of certain capabilities onto Android mobile devices. The Kit is housed in a portable, hardened case that includes everything needed for deployment across the city or half way around the globe. It’s built to easily integrate a wide array of communication and sensor suites within a field-tested, standards-based platform.