Persistent Systems awarded $100 million FBI smart radio contract

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Persistent Systems, LLC, a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) technology provider, has won a $100 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to provide access to the FBI to its smart radio communications system, the MPU5.

The MPU5 system, which the company claims as “the world’s first smart radio,” is designed to establish secure networks in any location, incorporating Android computer technology into flexible, self-healing network building in a compact, durable module.

The MPU5 includes an HD video encoder and decoder as well as 16 channels of push-to-talk voice capability.

“This IDIQ contract will enable the FBI to deploy our latest MPU5 communication systems,” said Herbert Rubens, CEO of Persistent Systems. “We are confident that the MPU5 will set a new standard for performance, capability, and features found nowhere else in the industry, and we’re extremely proud to be one of the awardees chosen by the Department of Justice.”

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in New York City, Persistent is the creator of Wave Relay, a MANET advancement that permits for stable mobile network performance in obstructive environments including subterranean or maritime locations, the company says.

The MPU5 is available for purchase via the IDIQ contract as of June 1.

“The MPU5’s vast set of capabilities really translates into enhanced situational awareness for the agents, increased mission success, and an overall enhancement in safety,” Reubens said. “Additionally, the MPU5 provides an extremely cost effective solution for the Bureau by incorporating so much capability into a single commercial item.”

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Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), law enforcement, Persistent Systems, radio, telecommunications
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