goTenna Awarded AFWERX Phase II Contract to Provide Low-Bandwidth Remote Situational Awareness Mesh Communications

Jul 20, 2022

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goTenna is advancing universal access to connectivity by building the world's most intelligent and scalable mobile mesh networks. goTenna is the world's leading mobile mesh networking company, providing off-grid connectivity solutions for smartphones and other devices, as well as augmenting traditional communications networks. This technology enables mobile, long-range connectivity even without cell, wifi or satellite connectivity. goTenna's drive to create resilient connectivity began during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, when approximately a third of cell towers and power stations in affected areas failed. Based in Brooklyn, goTenna is backed by investors including Founders Fund, Union Square Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Bloomberg Beta.

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Under Phase II, goTenna will promote rapid deployment and interoperability for TX Air National Guard with other State and Federal agencies.

BROOKLYN, NY (July 20, 2022) —goTenna, the world’s leading mobile mesh networking platform, announced an AFWERX X22.1 Phase II award to develop and enhance communication capabilities and interoperability for Texas Air National Guard’s natural disaster response and joint operations for domestic missions.

AFWERX, the Department of the Air Force’s innovation arm, selected goTenna for an award to create a unique, low-cost, mesh networking solution to improve the safety and effectiveness of the 147th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) in future State, Federal and Joint operations. goTenna will be teaming with the 147 ASOS to enhance their interagency use of goTenna’s small size, weight, and power radios in support of the 147th Attack Wing’s diverse mission sets.

Under the program, goTenna and the 147 ASOS will tailor interoperable, lightweight mesh communications that pair with Air Force Research Laboratory’s Team Awareness Kit (TAK). Combining goTenna’s tactical Pro X mesh networks with TAK’s product suite will create unparalleled situational awareness during missions where communications are degraded, contested, or denied. Additionally, this cohort will directly support the 147 ASOS in their three primary lines of effort: aiding Texas law enforcement operations while performing search and rescue during natural disasters, supporting the federal government in both overseas deployments and stateside training evolutions to increase Joint All Domain Command and Control effectiveness, as well as working with their State Partner Countries to further increase international cohesiveness.

“Under this program, goTenna will be partnering with the 147 ASOS to develop next-generation interoperable, lightweight mesh radio capabilities that will enable airmen to carry out their missions more safely and effectively,” said goTenna’s Chief Executive Officer, Ari Schuler. “The work performed under this SBIR will support domestic disaster response, foreign partner training, and augment Joint All Domain Command and Control.”

“The 147th Attack Wing is dedicated to being on the cutting edge of new capabilities and being the premiere air to ground Wing in the Combat Air Force. Under this SBIR effort enabled by the AFWERX program, the 147 ASOS will be able to develop and test new technologies which enable us to maintain mission superiority,” said the 147 ASOS Commander.

goTenna continues to develop innovative, mission-focused technologies to support US government missions and enable safer operations for front-line operators and warfighters. In addition to this Phase II, goTenna has been awarded work to develop next-generation IoT networks, improve mesh networking and apply artificial intelligence to mesh networks. goTenna’s advanced Aspen Grove routing protocol recently won the Navy’s Project Overmatch Networks Prize showcasing breakthrough scalability and reliability for ultra-low-capacity mobile ad hoc networks.