goTenna Selected for NetANTX Phase Two Challenge

Aug 31, 2021

About goTenna

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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goTenna was selected based on their VINE mesh protocol which already provides users with unprecedented reliability, keeping them connected in areas where cell, wifi and satellite connectivity is unavailable.

BROOKLYN, NY (August 31, 2021) — goTenna, the world’s leading mobile mesh networking platform, has been announced as a phase two participant in Naval Information Warfare System Command’s (NAVWAR’s) Networks Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (NetANTX) Challenge, a prize competition seeking operationally relevant innovations and emerging networking technologies in support of Project Overmatch. This is the second and final stage of the NAVWAR competition. 

goTenna will submit the VINE protocol software, which will be considered as part of a Navy emulation system where it will be compared to other submissions. The routing protocol provides breakthrough scalability and reliability for ultra-low-capacity mobile ad hoc networks. VINE provides a novel zero-control-packet solution that significantly outperforms traditional methods, delivering up to 2.5 times the number of packets in some cases. By providing a zero-control-packet routing protocol, VINE makes it possible to scale to higher network sizes, hops and traffic rates. It also enhances the security of the network.

VINE is particularly useful for narrowband tactical communications or missions in contested environments. The protocol has already been implemented on the goTenna Pro X mesh networking device currently being used by over 300 military and public safety agencies around the world.

"For this program, we will demonstrate how our innovative zero-control-packet approach can significantly improve the scalability and reliability of mobile ad hoc networks in bandwidth-challenged contested environments," said goTenna Chief Scientist, Ram Ramanathan.

“We are excited to showcase our VINE mesh protocol capabilities in the next NetANTX challenge,” said goTenna’s CEO, Ari Schuler. “We hope that our technology will be able to drastically improve the Navy’s information warfare capabilities.”



About goTenna

goTenna was founded in 2012. The company shipped two generations of consumer mesh-networking devices in 2015 and 2017, before releasing its tactical-grade goTenna Pro product line in 2018. The goTenna team is led by seasoned individuals with broad innovation experience at companies like BBN Raytheon, Qualcomm, and Cisco and is backed by venture capital investors such as Founders Fund and Union Square Ventures. In addition, goTenna has received NRE funding from Google and the U.S. Department of Defense.

​​About Project Overmatch

Project Overmatch is a high priority Department of the Navy initiative to deliver a more lethal, better-connected fleet of the future by connecting manned and unmanned platforms, weapons and sensors together in a robust Naval Operational Architecture that integrates with Joint All-Domain Command and Control for enhanced Distributed Maritime Operations.

Critical to Project Overmatch is the development of networks, infrastructure, data architecture, tools and analytics that support the operational and developmental environment that will enable sustained maritime dominance for years to come. 

About NetANTX Challenge

To deliver this modernized network, the NetANTX Challenge will focus on exploring new networking technologies that will advance the reach, capacity and resiliency of the maritime tactical network in support of Project Overmatch.

Selected phase two participants have been invited to demonstrate their solutions in a simulation-based environment that will employ tactically relevant scenarios in operationally relevant conditions. The first place entry will win $75,000, while second place will be awarded $25,000. Winners are expected to be announced in November 2021.

About NAVWAR

NAVWAR identifies, develops, delivers and sustains information warfighting capabilities and services that enable naval, joint, coalition and other national missions operating in warfighting domains from seabed to space and through cyberspace. NAVWAR consists of more than 11,000 civilian, active duty and reserve professionals located around the world.