NIST FRST Challenge Awardee (Phases 1-3):
October 25, 2022 – BANC3 is proud to be selected as a NIST PSCR FRST Challenge Phase 3 Awardee! BANC3's winning solution combines Ultra-wideband RF tracking and IMU+AI tracking technology in a cost-efficient and readily fieldable way to achieve 3D indoor location tracking in GPS-denied environments. Prior to this latest Phase 3 award, BANC3 won Phase 1 & 2 awards through competition with a diverse group of teams. BANC3's Phase 3 submission included our complete system design, benchmark data of performance with sensor data, and a video demonstration of the system for the judges. BANC3's Phase 3 award confirms and validates our readiness for Phase 4 live field-testing efforts scheduled for early 2023. You can check out BANC3's FRST Challenge Community Video here.
SBIR Phase III Award for Augmented Reality System for U.S. Army:
September 27, 2022 – BANC3, Inc., an augmented reality (AR) & mixed reality (MR) technology pioneer and leading small business provider of complete end-to-end digital ecosystems of AR/MR solutions, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Phase III contract from Army Contracting Command, NJ (ACC-NJ) at Picatinny Arsenal that derives from and extends prior Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) work.
Under this initial 2-year contract, BANC3 will develop AR capabilities for integrated fire control systems utilizing and building upon capabilities and experience developed through successful completion of the SBIR Phase I and II contract work, "AR/MR for Live Fire Ranges," for the US. Army Program Executive Office – Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) in Orlando, FL. This work, completed in late 2019, included the development of a standalone optical see-through head-mounted display (HMD) that displays virtual targets and simulated environmental occlusions (such as smoke, fire, and explosions) for soldier marksmanship training.
BANC3's Phase III contract work will include development of a fire control system for the Mounted Machine Gun Optic (MMO) that integrates with the High Explosive Dual Purpose Airburst (HEDP-AB) ammunition programming unit (PU) using BANC3's AR capabilities developed in Phase I and II.
Augmented Reality Headset for Maintainers (SBIR Topic # N201-024) - Phase II SBIR:
BANC3 is currently developing a complete headset design package for a rugged, marinized, self-contained AR headset for Navy aircraft maintenance technicians. Our work began with a short feasibility study on our approach and progressed with the development of a package of design documentation such as a design specification, hardware specification, software architecture, mechanical design specification, thermal specification, battery & power specification, and security plan. We will also include a plan for two factor authentication using CAC cards, as well as several 3D drawings of the proposed mechanical design. BANC3 will include in the design documentation a plan and approach for EMI, HERO, high/low temp operation, salt-fog and water resistance as ruggedization requirements. BANC3 is developing a standalone, rugged augmented reality headset that can survive the wide range of harsh environments that the Navy must operate in. The same headset will be enhanced to meet all of the Navy's strict cyber security requirements as well as provide a method for two factor authentication that does not rely on network connectivity.
Digital RF Receiver System Deployed to Satellite launch locations at Vandenberg Airforce, California and Cape Canaveral, Florida:
BANC3's wide-bandwidth Digital RF Receiver System Design developed for DoD Space customers which has been deployed to customer locations. This milestone is a significant validation of BANC3's successful and innovative design. The production version will provide extensive insight into the critical nature of high probability of intercept and high accuracy RF signal characterization in real-time during mission critical operations. Our digital receiver systems will be implemented using high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), 100 Gb/s fiber optic interfaces, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), embedded processing, and client/server software applications.
USARPAC Communications & Information Network Support (Fort Shafter, Hawaii):
BANC3 is continuing to successfully provide program and project management; engineering and technical support, systems integration, and mission planning subject matter expertise required by the United States Army Pacific (USARPAC) G6 Communications and Information Network Support (C&IN) Section in support of the Theater Army Service Component Command (ASCC) mission command functions. BANC3's work on this contract covers on-site support services in Government facilities at Fort Shafter, Hawaii and support as required to USARPAC assigned units in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Guam, and Alaska. The primary mission requirement is to provide mission support for USARPAC G6 C&IN mission command operations, programs, and activities including but not limited to: HQ IT Support, Plans and Exercise Support, Programs and Policies Joint and Coalition Integration Support, and Training Support.
Laser Warning Receiver Support SME and Technical Support (throughout Continental USA, primary station C4ISR, Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)):
BANC3 continues to provide Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and technical support to Government LWR Engineering Leads for LWR Trade Study Analysis, Source selection input, performance evaluation recommendations, performance, and qualification testing recommendations of an Army Ground Vehicle LWR. Using input from I2WD, our SME supports Trade Studies and acquisition of the LWR through the government PMs' ECP modernization process to ensure the performance and commonality requirements are met. BANC3 support includes recommendations on the development and execution of a standalone LWR performance test plan and provides LWR SME support during LWR testing and integration. In support of Configuration Management, BANC3 maintains configuration control of the common Army Ground Vehicle Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) Performance Specification and will assist identified vehicle PMs to ensure all necessary performance, maintenance, environmental, quality assurance, and training requirements are accounted for.
Simulated Training Environment-Live Training System (STE LTS)
BANC3 provides design engineering, field service and technical support needed for a M3 MAAWS Augmented Reality (AR) scope display leveraging their X2 MR Glass hardware architecture as part of a team supporting STE Live efforts for Direct Fire (DF).
Laser System Technology: Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
BANC3 continues follow-on work to provide engineering services, laboratory and testing services, data analysis, sensor evaluation, programmatic services, and facilities and maintenance services in support of the Imaging Technology Branch mission funded 3-Dimensional (3D) Micro-Electronics for Night Vision Sensors program and Digital Night Vision Imaging Technology program.