Primordial Wins Prestigious Tibbetts Award — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
April 24, 2012

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Tibbetts Award Recognizes Primordial’s Ground GuidanceĀ® Route Planning Software for Technical Innovation and Warfighter Impact

Saint Paul, MN – April 24, 2012 – Primordial was one of 18 companies to receive the prestigious Tibbetts Award at the White House today. The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) recognized Primordial for its “unique contributions as a model of excellence for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.” The award citation commended Primordial for providing outstanding SBIR leadership and greatly contributing to the SBIR program’s success. The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.

Established in 1998, the annual Tibbetts Award is a national honor named for Roland Tibbetts–father of the SBIR program. The SBA presents the award to companies that exemplify the best in the SBIR program: those that stimulate technological innovation, meet federal research and development needs, and successfully commercialize the resulting technology.

Becky Aistrup, the SBIR/STTR program director at Minnesota Science & Technology Authority, nominated Primordial for the award. Primordial also received endorsement letters from Senator Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, General Dynamics C4 Systems (GDC4S), and the United States Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering (CERDEC).

The SBIR program has provided $2.6 million in funding for Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance. Ground Guidance is patented software that plans fast and concealed routes for mounted and dismounted soldiers through on- and off-road terrain. Ground Guidance supports planning routes before a mission as well as real-time rerouting during a mission. Primordial has developed Ground Guidance over ten years under contracts with the Army Geospatial Center (AGC); Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC); Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC); Product Manager (PM) Movement Tracking System (MTS); and others. Primordial has integrated Ground Guidance with several battle command platforms including Falcon View, Land Warrior, and MTS. In 2011, the United States Army approved Ground Guidance for fielding with the Land Warrior.

The Tibbetts Award stemmed from Primordial’s work on a SBIR contract with CERDEC. The project’s goal was to develop real-time route planning software for tactical and logistical vehicles. Primordial received SBIR phase I and II contracts for the effort as well as a Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) contract to integrate and field Ground Guidance with the Land Warrior soldier system.

“The Tibbetts Award is a great honor,” said Primordial’s president, Randy Milbert. “We are grateful whenever we have a chance to contribute to our soldiers.”
About Primordial

Founded in 2002 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Primordial is a leader in off-route planning and navigation software for the United States military and consumer applications. Primordial’s flagship product, Ground GuidanceĀ®, is patented software that determines the best path through off-road terrain by analyzing vegetation, terrain, threats, and man-made features. Primordial’s customers include the United States Army, United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, DARPA, General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon.

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