Doodle Labs Awarded SBIR Innovation Grant

Doodle Labs is selected by the US Air Force to help enhance the capabilities of their communication systems.

Doodle Labs is proud to be named a recipient of the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award. The award is for leveraging Doodle Labs’ long-range mesh radios to enhance the capabilities of Air Force communication systems.

The Smart Radio, Doodle Labs’ latest mesh radio platform, is of primary interest for applications such as drone swarming and unmanned vehicle traffic management (UTM). Air Force teams have stated that the Smart Radio meets or exceeds the performance of competing radios while being 5-10x lower priced, opening the potential for it to be adopted broadly.

Internet of Things technologies, including the Smart Radio, have developed significantly in recent years, and there is opportunity to bring these technologies beyond industrial applications. Capabilities like high-performance mesh networking, reliable long-range data links, operation at Federal frequency bands, and advanced encryption no longer require defense-focused development.

Air Force teams mention that their communication systems tend to be either 1) inadequate from a capabilities perspective, 2) so large/heavy that they limit their vehicles’ performance, or 3) prohibitively expensive. With Doodle Labs’ Smart Radio, flyers can stream HD video from 10+ miles away on a secure link. It is lower SWaP than any comparable radio on the market (60 grams; 57 x 65 x 11 mm). And as mentioned earlier, its price point opens up opportunities for large-scale deployment as is the case in the commercial Industrial IoT market.

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More about Doodle Labs

Doodle Labs is a global leader in long-range broadband communication for Industrial Internet of Things applications. For almost 20 years, OEM manufacturers have relied on Doodle Labs for expertise in designing their wireless systems. Our products have been deployed by Fortune 100 companies in the most demanding environments on earth. Doodle Labs’ design philosophy is focused on achieving best-in-class performance while requiring minimal integration effort, thereby allowing customers to go to market faster with better performing products at a lower overall cost.

More about SBIR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

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