Phase One Prize Winner: IoT AI/Pico Tags



PicoTags are a dynamic set of intelligent system nodes that provide integrated location services for humans, machines, sensors, and other resources. The system incorporates self-healing and self-configuring internetworking and fusion of location information even in the harshest conditions. The capabilities leverage the Pico Anywhere SuiteTM of interference resistant methods to ensure continuous operations even if uplinks, networks, clouds, or other enterprise systems are not available. PicoTags provide assured location services where and when you need it, even for worst day scenarios and conditions.

Pico systems are built for Extreme IoT to provide comms, collaboration, applications, sensors/IoT, location services, and AI/ML at the edge within constrained, degraded, and often disconnected conditions. The Pico system, which is embedded within the PicoTags, provides a P2P and Mesh system for continuous operations and real time self-healing anywhere – including metal rich, concrete, forest, fire barriers, electrical interference, and other austere situations that first responders find themselves in. The system is self-reliant and scales from two nodes to thousands of nodes without dependencies on any outside networks or clouds to provide full operational support and location services within the local area when there is degradation, disconnects, disruptions, or inadequate uplink connectivity.

Pico is COTS-based with open standards to allow for full interoperability across multiple radio, cellular, FirstNet, SatCOM, and other network uplinks. Further Pico’s Open APIs provide seamless integration into regional systems, enterprise systems, and cloud services, including local to regional to global CivTAK rapid integration for on-the-go collaboration and comms. The location services we aim to advance within this project will be easy to integrate into any user interface or command operation application you desire.

PicoTags location services will provide a variety of methods where each node provides GPS and non-GPS location information. The native Pico location service techniques can be combined with other existing or 3rd party location services techniques where Pico’s AI-based location algorithms provide location service fusion to increase accuracy, data quality, and other sensor fusion to ensure location and status are available per human or machine responder.

The core Pico technology underlying the PicoTags has successfully been field tested in high interference conditions with humans, UAVs, UAGs, large and small equipment, and other resources and tools. The system is flexible and lightweight to allow for wearable and mountable options, along options to integrate other sensors (e.g., exposure monitoring, health monitoring, etc) if desired to reduce the amount of electronics and battery load for responders. As such PicoTags location services for this project will address location services anywhere or provide a system that helps consolidate and integrate other wearable systems on responders to increase situational awareness and command/control locally and at operation centers.

Overall, PicoTags has the potential to augment existing location services, integrate with other 3rd party location services, and/or provide a redundantly indestructible set of location services for any pack and go scenario responders encounter, especially in harsh situations of buildings, underground conditions, disasters (where other comms out), in cyber threatened conditions, and even in challenging fire situations that disrupt many types of communication networks.