Emerson Network Power has joined the EDGE Innovation Network. Sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, the EDGE is a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters and first responders.
Stephen Dow, president of the Embedded Computing business of Emerson Network Power, said: "The EDGE network will give us outstanding insight into the needs of military, aerospace and government users of our COTS embedded computing technologies, enabling us to build better network-centric solutions and improve the safety and tactical advantage of warfighters, first responders and others in the field."
The EDGE has already delivered several innovations including a Soldier Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Receiver or SIR to the U.S. Army. About the size of a smartphone, the SIR device delivers real-time streaming video directly from multiple manned or unmanned assets directly into the hands of soldiers on the ground. Currently, there are over 10 projects in development intended to improve and enhance warfighter capabilities.
Pete Palmer, EDGE Innovation Network director, said, "The EDGE bridges gaps between end-user needs and current capabilities by promoting rapidly prototyped solutions that could close those gaps quickly. By applying the EDGE process, the government can quickly and cost-effectively review multiple options for users to evaluate in months rather than years."
There are currently six EDGE Innovation Centers worldwide and over 160 EDGE members.