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Doodle Labs to Develop Beamforming Capabilities for Mesh Rider Radios

The potential advantages of beamforming include a stronger datalink with increased reach and throughput and are of interest to the US military, which is investing in UAVs, UGVs and other interconnected technologies By Caroline Rees / 07 Mar 2023
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Doodle Labs to develop beamforming technology for mesh networking

Doodle Labs has been awarded a $1.6 million Tactical Funding Increase from the US Department of Defense and Air Force Research Laboratory to develop beamforming capabilities for the company’s line of Mesh Rider radios. 

This new round of funding is a follow-up to the 2019 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant awarded to Doodle Labs by the Air Force, which supported the development of S-band and C-band radios currently in use in various military robotic use-cases. 

According to Doodle Labs, beamforming is a wireless technique that utilizes advanced antenna technologies on both mobile devices and network base stations to focus a wireless signal in a specific direction, rather than broadcasting to a wide area. 

The potential advantages of beamforming include a stronger datalink with increased reach and throughput and are of interest to the US military, which is increasingly investing in unmanned aerial and ground vehicles and other interconnected technologies. 

Beamforming is also a boon to commercial and industrial robotic and unmanned applications, including scanning/mapping, uncrewed delivery and mobile surveillance, as well as for connected teams like first responders and off-grid rescue teams. 

The new technology is being developed in line with Qualcomm’s newest 802.11ax chipsets, which include built-in beamforming capabilities. Doodle Labs is a certified Qualcomm Development Partner. The full current lineup of Doodle Labs’ Mesh Rider radios is built on top of Qualcomm chipsets, and the firm believes that developing mesh networking technology to enable beamforming is a natural next step. 

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact