Advanced Network Architecture
Our wireless and wired networking fabric utilizes flexible hardware extensibility. We have flexible software, designed to accommodate a variety of deployment models and a rich set of communications interfaces for every need.
Connects to Everything
Our communications fabric is based on standards based IP interfaces. Our robots can easily integrate with any IP enabled device. This enables best-of-breed, mix and match of various devices. Our network flexibility allows you to leverage open standards and commodity devices.
Connects to Everyone
Our communications fabric facilitates formation of Communities of Interest (CoI) in real time. This promotes situational information sharing and tasking. It also leads to improved tempo of decision making and execution.
Our wireless network is a hybrid ad-hoc radio network. The robot to robot and robot to control protocols are proprietary and are secured using industry standard strong cryptographic algorithms based on TLS 1.2.
Robots and control radios also offer a WiFi based Access Point to facilitate "other devices" connecting to the RC3S fabric and communicating over the network. WiFi connections use industry standard WiFi based security and cryptographic algorithms.
The robots communicate with one another as well as to our fixed stations (called control points) in a fully ad-hoc messed fabric. Robots utilize IPv6 addressing to facilitate this internal communications.
When a robot detects the availability of a customer supplied infra-structure access point, it will additionally establish an egress point to the customer's LAN by associating with the access point. The robot will negotiate using DHCP for either an IPv4 or IPv6 address from the customer's LAN administrative domain and will utilize NAT/PAT on the obtained address. In this way, communications across the wireless fabric is both structured and ad-hoc.
Robots (as well as third part devices associated or connect to robots) can communicate in a fully ad-hoc fashion with packets being relayed "hop-by-hop" across the robotic network even if no egress points are found. Typical data rates across the wireless fabric range from 30 mbps to 600 mbps depending on range and data conditions. Each robot is equipped with up to 3 high gain antennas that enable communications on the the order of up to 1-2 miles per hop depending on the frequency band and terrain conditions.
Most of our robots are further equipped with an onboard, 8 port Gigabit PoE+ Ethernet switch. Each port on the switch can supply 30 watts to PoE and PoE+ devices that are connected to the robot. Third party devices can be attached to the robot's LAN and receive network services. Additionally, a fiber optic run can be attached to one of the spare Ethernet ports and provide a 'hard link' between a robot and another network. This is particular useful in harsh electronic environments where jamming/interference or tracking are concerns.