DARPA’s Mobile Ad hoc Interoperability Network Gateway seeks to connect multiple communications systems into a common infrastructure and help forward-deployed troops send and receive voice, data and video, DARPA said Thursday.
Agency researchers also designed the system with a mobile Internet Protocol network radio technology.
“From a radio perspective, MAINGATE allows coalition forces to plug in their own radio systems and MAINGATE takes the necessary steps so everyone can communicate in real time,” said Keith Gremban, a DARPA program manager.
DARPA says the technology has been deployed in Afghanistan and helped a commander access a video feed in real time and counter an attempted base intrusion.
MAINGATE is also designed to help civilian emergency responders and government agencies exchange information during crises.