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Applied research and product development for national security.

Our R&D Focus Areas

Power & Energy Systems

Demand for electrical power is increasing significantly, creating new challenges for the design, control, and logistical support of vehicles and microgrids. Our research addresses the adaptation of today's platforms and the design of tomorrow's platforms to handle these demands by incorporating advanced energy management controls, wide bandgap power electronics, integrated energy storage devices, thermal management, and hybrid and electric propulsion systems. 

Unmanned Systems

Integer develops enabling technologies needed to increase the autonomy, reliability, and endurance of unmanned systems, particularly those operating in maritime domains such as unmanned surface vessels (USVs). We research systems that enable robust perception and situational awareness in littoral environments, self-awareness of the state of the unmanned system's mechanical and electrical systems, and trustworthy autonomous decision making in an open, dynamic world.

Digital Engineering

We research new methods and tools for modeling, simulation, and data analytics that support a cradle-to-grave digital infrastructure for the design, delivery, and sustainment of engineered systems. Our research helps large organizations implement model-based systems engineering (MBSE) practices for requirements definition and product development, increasing the effectiveness and affordability of the systems needed for national security.

University Strategic Partnerships

We are skilled in partnering with top research universities to navigate the complex ecosystem of applied research funding, with an emphasis on maritime and defense applications. Our value goes beyond typical consulting. We work with universities to identify national security stakeholders, clarify technology transition targets, and validate sources of applied research funding for universities. But we don't stop there. Integer then partners with universities to develop proposals, negotiate contract awards, comply with escalating security requirements and other regulations, and then act as a partner to execute the research to develop novel products with engagement from the end-user. We act as true partners from beginning to end, meaning that our interests are fully aligned with the university and we are motivated to achieve success for our research partner and end-use customer as quickly as possible.

Are you a university leader looking to grow and diversify your research portfolio? Reach out to us to start a conversation.

Products Under Development

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Intelligent Energy Management System

The Intelligent Energy Management System is a platform monitoring and automation system designed for the age of machine learning and the industrial internet of things. The Intelligent Energy Management System is being developed to perform all the monitoring and control functions of a traditional integrated platform management system, or IPMS, while unlocking plant data to improve mission effectiveness and lifecycle management. Its scalable edge and cloud computing architecture enables continuous development and integration of advanced software applications, such as: optimal supervisory control with integrated energy storage, remote monitoring and diagnostics, predictive maintenance, autonomy, and digital twin simulation.

Key Features & Benefits
  • Reliable automation through edge, hub & cloud access to platform data coupled with advanced digital twins:

    • State of health monitoring

    • Plant optimization

    • CBM+, Predictive maintenance

    • Advanced automation

  • Remote system monitoring, data analytics, and command and control.

  • Supports open CI/CD workflows for rapid lifecycle upgradability.

  • Effectively integrates energy storage systems (ESS) and automates integrated power and energy system (IPES) architectures.

  • Interface to mission systems.

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Reliable Maritime Perception System

Unmanned ships and amphibious vehicles are challenged to safely and reliably navigate in the often chaotic and cluttered near-shore zone. The Reliable Maritime Perception System is being developed to enhance the safety and reliability of these unmanned systems. This system automatically detects objects on and just below the surface of the water, day or night, and in most weather conditions, by fusing sensor data from multi-spectral cameras and radar using reliable and validated artificial intelligence algorithms. This system will be rigorously tested and evaluated for operation in cluttered littoral environments with dynamic atmospheric and wave conditions, dense vessel traffic, and navigational markers, shallows, and other exclusion zones. The ultimate goal of the system is unparalleled reliability and accuracy of perception, to enable the vehicle to "understand" the world around it, and is a key enabler of unmanned and reduced-manning vessel operations.

Applications
  • Perception for unmanned and autonomous surface vessels (USVs / ASVs).

  • Multi-sensor intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance package (ISR) with automated change analysis.

  • Persistent watch standing to augment crewed vessels.

  • Remote situational awareness with automated alerts and warnings.

  • Port and harbor security with integrated vessel and activity tracking.