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Frontline soldiers often carry outdated rifles, with no data-sharing capability between field and command. As result, valuable, real-time data is left unused and there is an excessive lag between the receipt of information and tactical adjustments.
At the US Army’s direction, T-Worx developed the Intelligent Rail, a smart technology for outdated weapons.
The Intelligent Rail technology enables weapons to become “smarter” and represents an important technology-driven solution that addresses the U.S. Army’s Number One warfighting challenge, a lack of situational awareness among soldiers and commanders in complex battlefield conditions.
The I-Rail is a patented platform that powers, connects and exchanges real-time data — including high-resolution streamed video — from rifles and accessories to command centers on and off the battlefield. Commanders receive cohesive analytics on troop movement and events, enabling instantaneous responses to shifts on the ground, according to the company website.
The system has successfully completed U.S. Army testing and the company has recently received a memorandum of approval.
The testing was executed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), and T-Worx.
The successful validation testing demonstrated that the power and data platform meets rigorous criteria for minimizing risk to soldier life, according to prnewswire.com.
“We are proud to work with the U.S. Army team supporting its small arms modernization efforts,” noted executive chairman Devin Schain. “The company is poised to help make a difference in modern warfare and real-time intelligence of the American warfighter.”