Military Embedded Systems

AI threat-detection system gets $1 million-plus order from U.S. Navy


June 15, 2020

Lisa Daigle

Assistant Managing Editor

Military Embedded Systems

U.S. Navy P-3C Orions and P-8A Poseidon. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. Edge-computing specialist One Stop Systems (OSS) has won contracts for more than $1 million in prototype orders for a military airborne artificial intelligence (AI) threat detection system from a U.S. Navy prime contractor; under the contracts, more than $676,000 in orders have now shipped, with a purchase order for $350,00 in additional engineering work underway.

The company's so-called AI on the Fly system -- which consists of a custom all-in-one rugged server powered by the latest GPU accelerators that uses Gen 4 PCIe interconnect and NVMe storage -- was designed for use on U.S. Navy P3 and P8-A aircraft to detect and identify enemy threats using AI algorithms, enabling the crew of the aircraft to detect and act in real time. 

Jim Ison, OSS chief sales and marketing officer, stated that the AI on the Fly system is a small, lightweight design that does not rely on slow wireless connections to a remote datacenter to make critical decisions. "As with our flash storage systems also used by the U.S. Navy, we anticipate the prototyping of this edge AI system will lead to full production orders for use on these aircraft and potentially others.”