IAI Introduces RFnest™ - A Realistic Network Communication Testing Tool

Nov 15, 2013, 17:29 ET from Intelligent Automation, Inc.

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligent Automation, Incorporated (IAI), announced the release of its RFnest™ family of products today. The Radio Frequency Network channel Emulator and Simulator Tool, or RFnest™, accelerates the development and testing of new communications and security technologies.  IAI's RFnest™ is the first scalable full mesh channel emulator in the market today  that allows for up to 96 physical radios to be connected and tested in MIMO, SISO, SIMO, MISO or full mesh configurations across a broad radio frequency spectrum.  Users can create complex test scenarios, including real-life environments (e.g., rural areas and urban canyons) and assets (e.g., dismounted soldiers, vehicle convoys, unmanned aerial vehicles, and airborne networks), to recreate operational communication environments in a laboratory setting.

As tactical wireless communication networks continue to expand and dominate the global Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) landscape, developing an effective and realistic testing environment for these emerging communications technologies remains an urgent need. "Our customers needed a capability for cost effective, repeatable, and realistic testing of networked radios in a laboratory," says Dr. Vikram Manikonda, President of IAI.  "RFnest™ provides these capabilities in a modular, versatile, scalable, and user friendly tool."

RFnest™ is also the only commercially available channel emulator that supports the seamless integration and communications of real radio nodes and virtual (simulated) radio/network nodes. The inclusion of virtual nodes enables test scenarios to be expanded to hundreds of nodes.

The integrated RFview™ data display and visualization tools provide the user with a reliable and repeatable assessment of communications protocols and network performance. RFview™ interfaces with third party channel modeling tools as well as commercially available network emulation software including the Extendable Mobile Ad-hoc Network Emulator (EMANE) and the Common Open Research Emulator (CORE).

The RFnest™ family of products is designed to address the specific needs of each customer. The RFnest™ family includes the RFnest™ Analog and the RFnest™ Digital series, both powered by RFview™ software. The RFnest™ Analog series is an affordable network channel emulation tool with the capability to emulate full mesh networks with fading channels.  The RFnest™ Analog model is available immediately. The RFnest™ Digital series is a modular system that can be purchased in 12, 24, 48, and 96 node configurations and offers advanced solutions for emulation of frequency selective channels in highly dynamic environments. The Digital series will be available in the Spring of 2014.

Developed, in part, under a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, RFnest™ was cited as an SBIR success story by the Air Force Research Laboratory.  To learn more about RFnest™, please visit www.i-a-i.com/rfnest, or visit IAI at booth 1030 at the Military Communications Conference (MILCOM), San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, from November 18 through November 20, 2013.

Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) is a technology innovation company headquartered in Rockville, MD.  IAI specializes in providing advanced technology solutions and R&D services to federal agencies, and corporations throughout the United States. IAI leverages agile R&D processes, a multi-disciplinary collaborative environment, and its substantial intellectual property portfolio to excel in developing concepts into market-focused products and customer-driven solutions.  IAI's core R&D areas include: Air Traffic Management, Big Data and Social Media Analytics, Control and Signal Processing, Cyber Security, Education and Training Technologies, Health Technologies, Modeling and Simulation, Networks and Communications, Robotics, and Sensor Systems.  For more information about IAI, please visit www.i-a-i.com.

For more information contact rfnestsales@i-a-i.com.

SOURCE Intelligent Automation, Inc.