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U.S. Army awards ANDRO $3 million contract to develop artificial-intelligent radio

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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The U.S. Army has awarded ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC of Rome a $3 million contract to develop an artificial-intelligence-based radio called DEEPLink under the Army’s I-ROAM (Intelligent RadiO with Agility via Machine-learning) project. That’s according to ANDRO President Andrew Drozd, who is seen in this photo outside the company’s office. (Photo credit: ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC)

ROME, N.Y. — The U.S. Army has awarded ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC a $3 million U.S. Army Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract to develop a “first-of-its-kind,” artificial intelligence (AI) based radio.

It’s called DEEPLink under its I-ROAM (Intelligent RadiO with Agility via Machine-learning) project, per an ANDRO news release about the contract.

The company is headquartered at the Beeches Business Park in Rome.

DEEPLink will be “capable of self-learning and autonomously adapting to its environment to optimally enhance the reliability and survivability of tactical communications in harsh operating conditions,” the company said.

The work will be performed under ANDRO’s Marconi-Rosenblatt Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Lab and will support the Army Futures Command-Cross Functional Team (AFC-CFT).

“This is a next step in our plans to get critical technologies to the warfighter including solutions that will benefit the civilian and commercial sector,” Andrew Drozd, president of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC, said in the release. “The world is moving fast towards AI-assisted, agile-spectrum managed, edge-based communications which has major implications on the defense industry and beyond including 5G, autonomous vehicles, and the drone market and we are in the critical path of all this.”

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