UXV Technologies, a global leader in cutting-edge command and control solutions, explores its collaboration with Rheinmetall Canada, which resulted in the customization of a ground control station for the Mission Master, an Autonomous Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) developed by Rheinmetall.
The partnership showcases the potential of customized ground control stations for unmanned operations, emphasizing unparalleled safety features, operational excellence, and continuous improvement driven by customer feedback.
The Journey Begins
The partnership between UXV Technologies and Rheinmetall Canada took shape in 2019 when a talented system engineer at Rheinmetall sought a command and control center enclosed within a robust pelican case. Through her research, she uncovered the groundbreaking capabilities of UXV Technologies, whose products proved to be fully equipped to fulfill the requirements for a highly successful operation. Months later, a magazine advertisement showcasing UXV’s tablet controllers caught the attention of Rheinmetall’s executives, sparking a deep interest in a portable controller solution that prioritized safety integration.
Rheinmetall Canada and UXV Technologies embarked on a comprehensive customization process, tailoring UXV Technologies’ Aeronav tablet to meet their specific requirements. This involved the incorporation of various interfaces such as buttons, joysticks, and other crucial elements necessary for the application. Additionally, the focus of Rheinmetall Canada centered heavily on safety, which led to a collaborative effort with UXV Technologies and a Canadian company to integrate a remarkable safety board solution. The outcome was a product delivered to valued customers, offering unparalleled safety features and functionality.
The customization journey extended to the Micronav controller. Rheinmetall Canada plans to acquire the off-the-shelf version from UXV Technologies, which has already received widespread acclaim from numerous customers.
Unique Safety Solutions
One of the standout advantages of the fully customized controller lies in its unique safety solution. This exceptional feature has played a pivotal role in obtaining safety authorizations for demonstrations conducted across the globe, showcasing the reliability and compliance of the systems.
“Our collaboration with Rheinmetall to supply a cutting-edge and customized ground control station has been truly excellent. Together, we have consistently pushed beyond traditional boundaries to propose innovative solutions for superior operational efficiency and unique safety features, setting a new direction that will influence the future of unmanned applications,” says Steven Friberg, CEO of UXV Technologies.
Rheinmetall Canada has received highly positive feedback from its esteemed customers regarding the operational aspects of the controllers. The Micronav, in particular, has garnered acclaim due to its compact form factor, allowing it to conveniently fit within the pockets, offering unmatched portability and convenience.
The Canadian company remains committed to continuous improvement based on valuable customer feedback. Suggestions include enhancing display brightness for optimal visibility under sunlight, improving button placement for enhanced ergonomics, and exploring the possibility of integrating radios into our controllers to streamline communication and functionality.
“The UVX Technologies ground control station has completely transformed the way our unmanned ground vehicles are managed,” said Alain Tremblay, Vice-President, Business Development, Innovation & Robotics at Rheinmetall Canada Inc. “With its integrated safety board and seamless customization capabilities, the tablet has allowed us to develop unique technological solutions that are both effective and accessible for the end user.”
At UXV Technologies, our commitment to delivering exceptional solutions and meeting the evolving needs of our customers remains unwavering. We take pride in our collaborations, customization efforts, and the positive impact our controllers have in empowering unmanned applications across various industries.
The collaboration between UXV Technologies and Rheinmetall Canada exemplifies the transformative potential of customized ground control stations for unmanned operations. By leveraging the expertise of both companies, groundbreaking ground control stations have been developed, offering unparalleled safety features, operational excellence, and continuous improvement driven by customer feedback. As pioneers in the field, UXV Technologies remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of unmanned technology and providing innovative solutions that shape the future of unmanned applications.