The U.S. Army is looking into stealing a page from law enforcement’s book: using wall penetrating radar to see through obstacles and identify potential threats. This technology has already found use among police, firefighters, and search and rescue teams — and now the Army wants to see if it can also increase the survivability of American troops in urban combat environments.
To this very end the Army conducted its second Expeditionary Technology Search (xTechSearch) competition last month, which saw Lumineye, Inc., of Boise, Idaho, win.
xTechSearch offers small businesses an opportunity to engage directly with the Department of Defense with the aim of fostering an environment that’s more conducive to rapid innovation and adoption of new technologies. Lumineye has already seen success with its wall penetrating radar systems for civilian applications; and now it can use the $250,000 prize money to continue developing the tech for military use.