Primordial Secures $2.9 Million Rapid Innovation Fund Contract to Integrate and Transition Ground Guidance® Off-Road Navigation Software — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
November 14, 2012

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United States Army secures government purpose rights (GPR) for Ground Guidance and funds integration with FalconView, Nett Warrior, Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR), and Joint Battle Command Platform (JBC-P)

Saint Paul, MN – November 14, 2012 – Primordial today announced that it had received a $2,881,681 Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) contract to integrate and transition Primordial’s flagship product–Ground Guidance off-road navigation software–into FalconView, Nett Warrior, Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR), and Joint Battle Command Platform (JBC-P).

Under the same contract, NSRDEC acquired government purpose rights (GPR) for Ground Guidance. As a result, any United States government agency or contractor may freely use Ground Guidance in government applications.

“Ground Guidance has the potential to accelerate mission planning, enabling soldiers to rapidly consider many courses of action before or during operations,” said Robert Auer, senior operations research analyst, modeling and analysis team, NSRDEC. “We are eager to transition this capability and work with soldiers to improve it over time.”

NSRDEC will orchestrate the integration effort, coordinating with Product Manager (PM) Special Operations Mission Planning Office (SOMPO) for FalconView, PM Ground Soldier for Nett Warrior, and PM Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below (FBCB2) for TIGR and JBC-P. The contract has an 18 month period of performance.

Ground Guidance is patented software that plans fast and concealed routes for dismounted and mounted soldiers operating on- and off-road. Ground Guidance additionally supports movement projection, alternate routing, intervisibility analysis, chokepoint detection, ingress/egress routing, ambush detection, and load analysis.

Primordial developed Ground Guidance with more than $10 million in contracts from the United States Army, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), NSRDEC, and others. Primordial previously integrated Ground Guidance with the Land Warrior and Movement Tracking System (MTS).

About Primordial

Founded in 2002 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Primordial is a leader in off-road route planning and terrain analysis software for defense and consumer applications. Primordial’s flagship product, Ground Guidance, 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, Raytheon, Polaris, and Magellan.
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