Open Standards and AI: Paving the Way for Military Innovation

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Open Standards and AI: Paving the Way for Military Innovation

Apr 10, 2024 by Ross Newman

Open standards are the backbone of modern military technology. As the battlefield evolves, so must our approach to connectivity. Human-machine teaming demands a paradigm shift—one that prioritizes seamless communication and scalability. In this intricate puzzle, artificial intelligence (AI) plays a pivotal role, bridging disparate systems and enabling a mass effect.

The Jigsaw of Connectivity:
Imagine a battlefield where tanks, drones, and soldiers operate in perfect harmony. Their effectiveness hinges on real-time data exchange, interoperability, and adaptability. Open standards provide the common language that allows these diverse components to collaborate seamlessly. Whether it’s sharing sensor data, coordinating maneuvers, or optimizing logistics, open standards are the glue that binds our military ecosystem.

AI as a Catalyst:
AI is the catalyst that propels us forward. It’s not just about algorithms; it’s about transforming data into actionable insights. From predictive maintenance for armored vehicles to intelligent decision support for commanders, AI enhances our capabilities. But it’s not a standalone solution—it thrives within an interconnected network of systems.

DefenceX’s Mission:
At DefenceX, we’re on a mission to empower defense forces with cutting-edge AI-enabled capabilities. Our secret weapon? The Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA) toolkit and MediaX for media streaming. This modular framework allows rapid development and deployment of novel solutions. Whether it’s enhancing situational awareness, optimizing logistics, or improving communication, GVA bridges the gap between legacy systems and emerging technologies.

Off-the-Shelf Modularity:
Our commitment extends beyond theory. We provide off-the-shelf, open hardware solutions that integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure. From ruggedized edge devices to AI accelerators, our toolbox equips defense organizations to adapt swiftly. No lengthy procurement cycles—just plug and play.

As we navigate the complexities of modern warfare, let’s embrace open standards and AI. Let’s build a connected battlefield where every piece of the puzzle fits snugly. Together, we’ll shape the future of defense—one innovation at a time. Reach out to connect with us as we continue to enable defence.

DefenceX awarded Ignite spark funding

Mar 23, 2024 by Ross Newman

We are excited to announce a groundbreaking development in the realm of defence technology: the GXA-1, a cutting-edge edge processor powered by Nvidia technology designed to run our ApexGuardian data logger application. Designed and manufactured right here in Queensland, the GXA-1 promises to revolutionize defence applications by enabling AI in even the harshest environments and will be sold as a stand alone solution as Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) solution for AI enablement.

At DefenceX, we are driven by a mission to leverage innovation for the greater good. Our team of dedicated professionals has worked tirelessly to create a platform that not only meets the rigorous demands of defence, autonomy, and mining but also showcases Queensland’s prowess in technological advancement.

The recent award of funding from Advance Queensland’s Ignite Spark Fund is a testament to the potential of the GXA-1. This grant will play a pivotal role in furthering our development efforts, allowing us to refine our solution and bring it to market faster than ever before.

With the GXA-1, defence applications will gain a powerful ally capable of processing vast amounts of data in real-time, empowering decision-makers with actionable insights even in the most challenging conditions. From border security to battlefield intelligence, the possibilities are limitless.

But our ambitions extend beyond defence alone. By enabling AI in harsh environments, we aim to catalyze innovation across industries, driving advancements in autonomous systems, resource extraction, and beyond. Queensland’s innovation ecosystem is primed for growth, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting journey.

As we embark on this adventure, we invite you to join us every step of the way. Follow our progress as we push the boundaries of what’s possible with the GXA-1 and stay tuned for updates on our journey towards a safer, smarter future.

Together, let’s shape the future of technology and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

Astute Systems pioneering Rugged AI

Mar 6, 2024 by Ross Newman

Astute Systems, a sister company to DefenceX, is a pioneering force in the realm of rugged AI-enabled computers. Specializing in creating robust computing solutions for challenging environments, Astute Systems offers a range of products tailored to meet the demands of modern defense, industrial, and commercial applications.

At Astute Systems, we recognize the critical role that advanced computing technology plays in today’s operations, where reliability, performance, and adaptability are paramount. Our rugged AI-enabled computers are designed to withstand harsh conditions, including extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, and electromagnetic interference, ensuring uninterrupted operation in the most demanding environments.

Backed by cutting-edge AI capabilities, our computers empower systems integrators to unlock new possibilities in data processing, analysis, and decision-making. Whether deployed in military vehicles, industrial machinery, or autonomous systems, our solutions deliver real-time insights and actionable intelligence, enhancing situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

Collaborating closely with DefenceX, Astute Systems leverages its expertise in embedded software solutions to seamlessly integrate our rugged computers into ground-based platforms and vehicles. Together, we provide systems integrators with a comprehensive suite of services, from initial concept development to final deployment, ensuring a smooth and efficient integration process. CXO Ross Newman expresses Astute Systems’ pride in leading the field of rugged AI-enabled computing “Here at Astute Systems, we’re proud to be at the forefront of rugged AI-enabled computing. Our commitment to reliability and performance ensures that our products meet the rigorous demands of defense, industrial, and commercial applications. With our expertise and collaboration with DefenceX, we’re able to provide comprehensive solutions that empower our clients to succeed in even the harshest environments. Together, we’re driving innovation and enabling organizations to stay ahead in today’s dynamic landscape.”

By harnessing the combined strengths of DefenceX’s Generic Architectures and Astute Systems’ rugged computing technology, our clients gain access to a powerful ecosystem of capabilities that drive innovation, efficiency, and performance. Whether optimizing vehicle systems, enhancing soldier capabilities, or advancing autonomous platforms, our collaborative approach delivers tangible results, enabling organizations to stay ahead in today’s dynamic and challenging landscape.

ZettaScale and DefenceX Forge Strategic Partnership to Advance Communication Technologies in Defense and IoT

Feb 17, 2024 by Ross Newman

19 Feburary 2024 – ZettaScale, a leading provider of communication and data management solutions, announces a strategic partnership with DefenceX, a pioneer in defense technology innovation. This collaboration aims to drive advancements in communication technologies, particularly in defense, IoT, robotics, automotive, and mining applications across the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

The partnership between ZettaScale and DefenceX brings together ZettaScale’s groundbreaking technologies, including Cyclone DDS and Zenoh, with DefenceX’s expertise in implementing complex defense systems such as the Australian Land Data Model (LDM) and ROS2 robotic applications. By leveraging each other’s strengths, the two companies aim to revolutionize how data is managed, shared, and utilized in critical applications.

Cyclone DDS, the fastest-growing open-source implementation of the Data Distribution Service standard, enables real-time, fault-tolerant communication essential for IoT and military applications. Zenoh, on the other hand, provides a unified protocol for managing data in motion, data at rest, and computations, offering unparalleled efficiency and scalability.

DefenceX’s detailed experience in utilizing DDS and Zenoh for advanced defense applications, coupled with ZettaScale’s cutting-edge technologies, positions the partnership to address the evolving needs of defense and related industries. Together, they will promote and support ZettaScale’s technologies in defense, IoT, robotics, automotive, and mining applications throughout the APAC region.

Ross Newman, Founder of DefenceX, expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, stating, “We are excited to join forces with Zettascale to advance communication technologies in critical sectors. Together, we will deliver innovative solutions that empower organizations to communicate, compute, and store data efficiently and securely.”

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About ZettaScale: ZettaScale is committed to bringing unconstrained freedom to communicate, compute, and store data anywhere, at any scale, efficiently and securely. With a team of dedicated experts, ZettaScale delivers cutting-edge solutions to meet the evolving needs of organizations worldwide.

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Zenoh Bridges gaps in Robotics applications

Feb 11, 2024 by Nic Gould

DefenceX personel recently met with key stakeholders in the Australian Army, to discuss the Generic Autonomous Robotic Systems Architecture, and demonstrate the application of a novel communications protocol for robotics applications. The ‘Zenoh’ protocol has recently been adopted by the Robot Operating System (ROS) as an approved middleware, allowing communication between different parts of the system. Zenoh offers pub/sub and storage/query protocols over local and distributed networks.

Existing middlewares such as Data Distribution Service (DDS) face limitations in certain applications such as swarming and remote command and control. Zenoh solves these issues, while still providing a fully compliant DDS bridge so existing DDS systems can be scaled to operate over the internet, satellite or radio.

During the demonstration, DefenceX operated a Turtlebot connected to office WiFi, over a private server in Sydney running Zenoh, controlled by a DDS command Centre running on the 5G mobile network.

This demonstrated the huge opportunity for the ADF to invest in scalable, remote robotics applications which can be deployed globally and operated locally. For more information on the freely available Zenoh protocol and how to employ it in your robotics applications reach out to DefenceX.

Find out more about Zenoh here and on YouTube here

For a demo and to find out more about how Zenoh can be deployed in saftey applications for ISO26262 in the autonomous and automotive space including Software Defined Vehicles (SDV) contact us of a demo.

DefenceX attending TAS Symposium 2024

Feb 11, 2024 by Ross Newman

Last week we were thrilled to announce our collaboration with RMIT University and CSIRO on Autonomous Naval Systems, propelling Australia’s defence forces into the future of innovation. Join us at the TAS (Trusted Autonomous Systems) Symposium as we showcase our cutting-edge developments and insights throughout 2024.

Founder Ross Newman shares his enthusiasm: “At DefenceX, we’re dedicated to pushing boundaries and advancing autonomous technologies. Collaborating with esteemed institutions like RMIT University, QUT, University of Southern Queensland and CSIRO underscores our commitment to innovation in the defence sector.”

In 2024, DefenceX is poised to introduce groundbreaking hardware, designed and built right here in Australia, providing reliable platforms for deploying bleeding-edge applications in the toughest environments.

Join us at the TAS Symposium to connect with like-minded professionals and explore the future of defence and beyond. Reach out on LinkedIn or secure your tickets via the link above. Together, let’s shape the future of autonomous capabilities.

DefenceX Partners with RMIT University and CSIRO for Groundbreaking Research on Autonomous Vehicles Integration in Naval Operations

Jan 25, 2024 by Ross Newman

[Brisbane, 25 Janurary 2024] – DefenceX, a leading defense technology company, is proud to announce its strategic partnership with RMIT University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for the collaborative program, “Emerging Technologies for the Integration of Autonomous Vehicles into Networked Naval Operations.”

This innovative program will focus on research, testing, and evaluation to facilitate the seamless integration of crewed vessels with autonomous maritime and aerial vehicles. The goal is to address the current and future challenges faced by Australia’s navy, enhancing its operational capabilities through cutting-edge technology solutions.

Key Program Objectives:

  • Conduct comprehensive research to advance the integration of autonomous vehicles into networked naval operations.
  • Perform rigorous testing and evaluation to ensure the effectiveness and reliability of autonomous maritime and aerial vehicles.
  • Collaborate with industry and academic partners to harness diverse expertise and perspectives.
  • Provide valuable insights and solutions to enhance Australia’s naval capabilities in the face of evolving challenges.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Tech Graduates

In conjunction with this groundbreaking initiative, CSIRO is also launching the “Next Generation Graduates Program.” This cohort-based, industry-driven graduate training program is designed to equip students with entrepreneurial thinking and skill sets crucial for breakthrough innovation in AI and other emerging technologies.

Through the Next Generation Graduates Program, DefenceX aims to contribute to building a competitive and capable workforce. By providing placement oppertunities and fostering collaboration among students, researchers, and industry professionals, the program aims to drive the growth of the Australian Defence tech sector.

For more information on these initiatives and DefenceX’s commitment to advancing technology in defense, please visit our website

About DefenceX: DefenceX is a leading defense technology company committed to advancing innovation in autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies for enhanced defense capabilities.

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Youtube – What we do

Nov 28, 2023 by Ross Newman

We are thrilled to announce the release of our inaugural YouTube video featuring Ross Newman, the visionary founder of DefenceX. In this exclusive interview, Ross opens up about the compelling journey that led to the inception of DefenceX and sheds light on the company’s groundbreaking mission.

Founder Ross Newman talks about why he started DefenceX and what drives the team.

DefenceX Joins Nvidia Inception Program to Accelerate AI Innovations

Oct 14, 2023 by Ross Newman

BRISBANE, 14th October 2023 – DefenceX, a leading pioneer in the development of cutting-edge embedded systems for the modern battlefield, is excited to announce its participation in the Nvidia Inception Program, a startup accelerator dedicated to supporting emerging AI companies.

With a mission to revolutionize the battlespace through AI technology, DefenceX specializes in creating innovative solutions that seamlessly integrate with autonomous systems, enhancing situational awareness and operational effectiveness for military forces and security organizations. Their commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology has led them to develop intelligent, interconnected systems that empower the modern battlefield with confidence.

Through its collaboration with the Nvidia Inception Program, DefenceX aims to further advance its AI-driven solutions, allowing them to provide even more robust and cutting-edge technology to their clients. The program offers resources, expertise, and networking opportunities that will enable DefenceX to accelerate its development and bring their solutions to market faster.

DefenceX’s Founder Ross Newman stated, “Joining the Nvidia Inception Program is a significant milestone for us. It will not only help us accelerate the development of our AI technologies but also expand our network and access valuable resources to drive our mission of enhancing the capabilities of military and security organizations.”

DefenceX’s innovative approach and dedication to pushing the boundaries of technology align perfectly with the Nvidia Inception Program’s goals. The program supports early-stage startups in the AI industry by providing them with the tools and expertise needed to thrive in a competitive market.

About DefenceX:
DefenceX is a forward-thinking company that specializes in creating cutting-edge embedded systems designed to bring the next generation of artificial intelligence to the battlefield. They focus on seamlessly connecting autonomous systems, bridging the gap between humans in the loop and remote sensors deployed in various environments. DefenceX is dedicated to enhancing situational awareness and operational effectiveness for its clients, including military forces, security organizations, and more.

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