Extends global customer reach for integrated digital transformation offerings to military and public safety customers
Expands Canadian defence and public security market for latest generation of Persistent Systems’ mobile solutions and KWESST applications
Combined capability to be showcase at CANSEC 2022, June 1-2
May 24th, 2022 – Ottawa – KWESST Micro Systems Inc. (TSXV: KWE) (OTCQB: KWEMF) (FSE: 62U) (“KWESST” or “the Company”), a developer of next-generation tactical systems for military, security, and personal defense markets, today announced that New York-based Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), an industry leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) solutions, has designated KWESST an Authorized Integrator of its products.
For dismounted users, Persistent Systems produces the MPU5. This handheld device enables those at the tip of the spear to share voice, video, text, GPS, and sensor data in a true peer-to-peer fashion via the company’s proprietary Wave Relay® MANET—all without the need for external communications infrastructure or a vulnerable hub.
It is a solution that’s being used extensively by military, public safety, and commercial customers in the United States, Canada, and other countries for secure and scalable mobile networking.
“As part of the agreement, KWESST will be able to develop all-new TAK-specific plug-ins for the MPU5, putting new advanced sensors and capabilities onto the MANET,” said Rick Bowes, KWESST Vice-President of Digitization and Counter-Threat systems. He added, “This will be a major technological advantage both for military and for public safety agencies including police forces.”
“As an Authorized Integrator for Persistent Systems we can now offer digitization solutions, including ATAK and TAK integration, that operate on the latest generation of mobile tactical networks for any customer whether military or public safety,” continued Bowes, “Military and public safety visitors at CANSEC will certainly understand these benefits.”
“The Canadian military is prioritizing increased digitization and interoperability for its tactical communications devices and sensors,” said Ryan Kowalske, VP of Business Development for Persistent Systems, “and this new Authorized Integrator agreement with KWESST will help Canada meet those demands.”
KWESST’s integrated digital applications for military and public safety customers – enabled by Persistent Systems networks– will be showcased at CANSEC, Canada’s premier Defence and Security show in Ottawa, June 1-2, at booth 4035.
According to Accenture, digital transformation presents one of the biggest challenges for public safety agencies. Globally, the public safety and security market was $435 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach $868 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 10.4%, according to Fortune Business Insights. The global defense IT spending market size was approximately $81 billion in 2019 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.4% through 2027, reaching an estimated $111 billion.
“We are very excited about our partnership with KWESST and look forward to growing it’s full potential,” said Kowalske.
About Persistent Systems, LLC
Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC is a global communications technology company that develops and manufactures a patented and secure Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. Wave Relay® transmits and receives data, video, voice and other applications under the most difficult conditions. Their suite of products is utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned Systems markets. Please visit https://www.persistentsystems.com to learn more. Follow Persistent Systems on Twitter to get updates on the latest developments @pswaverelay.
KWESST (TSXV: KWE) (OTCQB: KWEMF) (FSE: 62U) commercializes breakthrough next-generation tactical systems for military and security forces and personal defense. The company’s current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings includes non-lethal systems (PARA OPSTM and ARWENTM) with application across all segments of the non-lethal market, including law enforcement and personal defence. KWESST also facilitates digitization of tactical forces with its signature TASCS system for real-time awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users’ smart devices and indirect fire weapons. Other KWESST products include counter-measures against threats such as drones, lasers and electronic detection. These include: the PhantomTM electronic battlefield deception system to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy signatures at false locations that deceive and confuse adversaries; a Battlefield Laser Detection System to counter the emerging threat of laser targeting of personnel; and, a non-kinetic system to counter the threat of tactical drones. These systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with third-party OEM products and networked battlefield management systems such as ATAK. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with operations in Stafford, VA and representative offices in London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
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KWESST deveops and commercializes high-value ultra-miniaturized technology applications that make a critical difference to the safety and operational effectiveness of personnel in the defence and security community. The company’s current portfolio of unique proprietary offerings include: its signature TASCS™ (Tactical and Situational Control System) for real-time awareness and targeting information from any source (including drones) streamed directly to users’ smart devices and weapons; the autonomous Grey Ghost™ kinetic impact missile system that defends against small hostile drones including swarms; a Ground Laser Defence system to counter the emerging threat of weaponized lasers against personnel; and, the Phantom™ Tactical Electronic Decoy to mask the electromagnetic signature of friendly forces with decoy “phantom” signatures at false locations to deceive and confuse adversaries. All systems can operate stand-alone or integrate seamlessly with OEM products and battlefield management systems including Frontline, Edge, Killswitch and ATAK (Android Tactical Assault Kit) among others. KWESST also has developmental “smart ordnance” projects including its “Shot Counter” system, which records the number and type of rounds fired, for optimized firearms maintenance and performance. The Company is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with representative offices in Washington, DC, London, UK and Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The Company trades on the TSXV exchange under the symbol KWE. For more information please visit kwesst.com.