Military Embedded Systems

Robotic dogs equipped with sensors and AI integrated at Air Force base


May 12, 2021

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Air Force photo.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. Teams within the Force Protection and Special Programs Divisions supplied and integrated the 325th Security Forces Squadron with four prototype Quad-legged Unmanned Ground Vehicles, sometimes referred to as ‘robotic dogs’. They are semi-autonomous robots that can provide surveillance and perimeter security in difficult terrain or in harsh or unsafe conditions.

Designed by Ghost Robotics, the Vision 60 model robots are outfitted with 14 sensors and will be integrated with the Immersive Wisdom-developed command and control software Vanguard, using semi-autonomous and user-operated modes.

The prototypes are equipped with advanced multi-directional, thermal, and infrared video capabilities, allowing for artificial intelligence-based threat detection. These technologies are intended to allow them to make decisions based on changes in the environments, such as the presence of humans or perceived threats.

The Hanscom teams are currently providing program management, engineering support, contracting, and test and evaluation support to help determine the full range of capabilities of the robots, as well as determining training requirements.


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