RALEIGH – EDJX is bringing edge computing to the battlefields.
The Raleigh-based edge computing startup will partner with Cubic Corporation to launch what the company called the “the world’s first Internet of Military Things Edge Platform.”
The platform is being launched from the Autonomy Institute Alpha Lab at Texas Military Department’s (TMD) Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.
The initiative combines EDJX’s edge-computing platform with Cubic’s edge compute and networking platforms.
Edge computing services rely on networks that deliver data from sources closer to the user than most traditional servers.
The technologies combine to form an “end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) solution from base to battlefield,” the companies said. The solutions will solve “immediate challenges” for the Department of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
“The goal is to reduce latency and increase the effective throughput of content for warfighters at the tactical edge,” DARPA said in a statement.
The project, said John Cowan, EDJX co-founder and CEO “ushers in the era of Industry 4.0 by bringing all of the key ingredients missing in the pursuit of mobile, intelligent, and autonomous systems development.”
The platform’s take off is part of the Autonomy Institute’s Public Infrastructure Network Node (PINN) rollout announced earlier this year.
The PINN initiative is the first unified open standard to support 5G wireless, edge computing, Radar, Lidar, Enhanced GPS, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). PINNs are designed to deliver a multitude of advanced edge sensors and computing capabilities urgently needed to support autonomy and IoT.
That includes autonomous and connected vehicle technologies and others that require the speed provided by an edge-computing platform such as the EDJX product. Sensors and computers close to each other share information with less delay due to distance.
Massachusetts-based Blueforce Development will become the first certified application developer on the IoMT platform.
“The EDJX platform is a quantum leap in the field of edge computing,” said Michael Helfrich, founder and CEO of Blueforce Development.
“Military and first responders need actionable intelligence for superior decision-making, where access to data and the fidelity of information is critical to decision-making in time-constrained decision environments.”
Founded in 2019 by Cowan and James Thomason, EDJX is an edge computing platform that makes it easy to write edge and IoT applications using serverless computing.
To date, EDJX has raised $12 million. The company closed $6.4 million in funding in October 2020.