The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking proposals for LANdroids -- a fleet of miniature, intelligent mobile robots that will aid military communications in urban settings. The goal is to create small, inexpensive robotic radio relay nodes that dismounted warfighters will drop as they deploy. The nodes will then self-configure to form a mesh network -- a temporary infrastructure that establishes communications over the region.
Through movement and density, the LANdroids will enable continuous communications in complex, non-line-of-sight environments, dealing with phenomena such as fades and shadows through strategic self-placement and chaining of the relays.
DARPA is holding an industry briefing on the LANdroid program this Friday, July 6, in Arlington, VA. Proposals are due by August 16.