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Mobilize Armies of Algorithms for Defense with the RUCS, Tekniam's New Broadband Internet Network

With algorithms becoming as important as ammunition in modern warfare, breakthroughs in network bandwidth capabilities are enabling far reaching strategic military applications that clearly favors defense.

Tekniam’s new Remote Universal Communication System, or RUCS, is a rapidly deploying, easily hand carried device starting at only 5 lbs. / 2.27 kgs. Truly breakthrough technology that can distribute a broadband Internet signal three miles and delivers what has become one of the greatest strategic advantages of modern warfare. Bandwidth.


We are at a major inflection point in history where technological advances are shifting the balance of military power from offense to defense. In World War I, barbed wire and machine guns enabled relatively few defenders to hold off vastly superior forces by slowing and decimating offensive actions. This favored defense and resulted in the stalemate of trench warfare with limited mobility or movement.


By World War II, placing firepower on mobile armored tanks combined with air power made offensive actions almost unstoppable. This favored aggression as seen by the fast gains made by Germany and Japan in the early phases of World War II.


We are now entering another great inflection point in history where algorithms have become as valuable as ammunition to conduct modern warfare. Network bandwidth capabilities that can handle these increased data loads have become the crucial strategic element that now favors defense.  It is also one of the biggest lessons learned from the war in Ukraine.


Armor vs Drones and Algorithms in the Ukraine War


Russia invaded Ukraine with tanks that cost approximately eight million dollars each and have crews of three to five men that takes six months to train. Ten years ago, Russia’s invasion may well have been successful if recent technological developments had not tipped the balance of power that armored vehicles formerly provided.


Drones have had a major impact reshaping the battlefield, gathering real-time intelligence, and monitoring enemy movements without putting troops in immediate danger. In the new battle zone full of drones and satellite imagery, tanks have become dinosaurs. Today, whenever something that large moves it sends out a signal that is relatively easy to detect algorithmically with enough bandwidth. This dramatically limits surprise attacks and mobility, favoring defense of the status quo.


Unmanned drones are dispensable. They can be made with materials as inexpensive as cardboard, and dramatically increase the precision of targeting. In Ukraine, $5,000 cardboard drones that are almost impossible to detect on radar are taking out multi-million dollar Russian jets at airfields. They are made from flat-pack wax coated cardboard that can be quickly assembled with rubber bands and glue like a model airplane.


With a range of 75 miles / 120 kilometers, and carrying a payload of 6.6 pounds / 3 kilograms, their ability to navigate independently from GPS enables them to operate in a hostile electromagnetic environment with radio jamming.


This is a stunning development that has forever redefined air superiority in ways we have only begun to imagine!


A drone’s precision of payload delivery greatly reduces the expense of other types of munitions like artillery shells that are far less accurate. They reduce collateral damage to civilians during military operations.


In modern drone warfare where everyone can see each other, algorithms and bandwidth are increasingly becoming the principal agent that detects and neutralizes the enemy that armor from a former era can no longer stop.


Bandwidth is the New Critical Component of Modern Algorithmic Warfare


Broadband Internet has come to play a pivotal role in military capabilities across a broad spectrum of applications.


  1. Communications.  Broadband networks make possible secure, high-speed communication between personnel in different locations for real-time data sharing of information and commands.

  2. Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering.  Broadband networks enable the gathering, transmission, and analysis of vast amounts of data from a variety of sources such as drones, satellites, sensors, and reconnaissance missions.

  3. Remote Operations.  High-speed Internet is a crucial component of operating remote-controlled drones, and other unmanned vehicles used for reconnaissance or mine clearing.

  4. Coordinating Joint Operations.  This allows for different units or branches of the military to seamlessly coordinate their efforts for maximum operational effectiveness.

  5. Cybersecurity and Network Defense.  Broadband connections are required to maintain the high level of security needed for military operations to detect cyber threats and defend against cyber-attacks.

  6. Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  Broadband connections make possible the tracking and coordination of equipment between military units to make sure they are received in a timely and efficient manner.

  7. Training and Simulation.  Virtual training for military personnel that mimic real-world scenarios help military prepare without having to physically change their location.

  8. Field Medical Support.  Broadband Internet can greatly aid battlefield medical care by being able to draw upon vital medical data for better treatment of wounded soldiers.

Armies of Algorithms Easily Mobilized for Defense


To fight this type of modern warfare requires bandwidth that Tekniam’s RUCS delivers for the full spectrum of military capabilities. From talking to drones for special operations communications, to maintaining Internet at forward bases for the troops’ entertainment and keeping in touch with loved ones.


One of the ways the RUCS is being used for military applications is to talk to drone swarms. Whatever video feeds or sensory data the drones use is then taken back for processing and analysis.


Something now commonly happening with drone warfare in Ukraine is the enemy hacking into a drone swarm network, seeing who is in control and see where that control is coming from. This results in enemy fire within a few seconds of starting to use the drones.


When properly used, algorithmic warfare and effective bandwidth deployment reduces the number of fighters in harm’s way enabling them to operate where humans are unable to safely go.


With the RUCS device in the field - or better yet a chain of them - the controllers themselves can be on the other side of the world, which reduces the need to be close to the battlefield.  If your network signal is spread out with several transmitters in a mesh network, the enemy can be uncertain of your location.


Because the RUCS are small, easy to hand carry units they can also be put in wheeled vehicles to keep them mobile and constantly moving, there is flexibility in how the networks can be designed and configured that is only limited by the imagination of the war fighter for special operations communication.


Designed by Andrew Heaton and David Grange


Tekniam’s Remote Universal Communication System, or RUCS, was created by Andrew Heaton and David Grange, a founding member of Delta Force and a retired military General. The RUCS was created with an excellent understanding of what was needed to be built for military applications and special operations.  


The RUCS has enough power and range, which can cover a camp or a forward operating base.  And for Special Operations, it enables communication between team members, their headquarters, and their gear.


For example, a military radar requires significant processing power. Users need the ability to send large data packets for analysis that are the crucial success factor in modern warfare.


As those engaged in war become more drone dependent, drones will become more modular, harder to detect, and better designed to make a massive difference. The more relevant data you can ingest, the greater becomes your situational awareness. This increases the likelihood that your side is going to have a win.


This is especially true with robots fighting each other - the more data and bandwidth you have the more combat strength you have.  What we are seeing today is only the tip of the iceberg for what is coming!


As modern war continues to evolve, it requires having superior communications with your drones and your team. Drones are not like people who can operate autonomously but require communication and bandwidth to achieve. In this way, bandwidth is the invisible armament of modern algorithmic warfare.

Field Tested and Fully Operational


The RUCS was designed with the military fighter in mind.


We understand the RUCS must be rugged, lightweight, and have a low power draw.  It must have a solid signal range between a quarter and a half a mile in radius on average, enough to cover approximately 100 acres at a time, give or take depending upon the terrain. And, of course, it must be able to handle any practical temperature and humidity.


For Special Operations communications, the RUCS was designed to be lightweight and have high throughput. The RUCS is now operating with up to a gig at a time of throughput. That’s enough to watch 100 Netflix movies simultaneously to give you an idea of the power.


So, the RUCS delivers an enormous amount of power for military applications. Whether you are talking about Special Operations, communications with drones, doing edge computing, using it to download information, or sending out information quickly for processing and getting it back fast.

Breakthrough Technology for Special Operations Communications


The RUCS is lightweight and has low power draw that can be satisfied by small battery pack. These are enormously useful points for Special Operations units working in small groups, without vehicles bringing in equipment.


In this way, the RUCS is truly breakthrough technology, able to achieve with an easily hand carried device that starts at 5 lbs / 2.27 kgs what formerly required a device towed on a trailer with a generator and needing gasoline to power.


What also makes the RUCS game changer technology is it is far better designed and cost effective than anything that is currently available today. If you are looking at devices that can do a few of the things like this device, like an IT radio phone with a major contractor, they start at $450,000.


Tekniam’s RUCS device starts at $15,000. So, at that price, it’s okay to have multiple units if anything happens to them for communication redundancy.  It’s much easier to replace.


Taking a generator into a battlefield is unrealistic.  Operators frequently use a small battery pack, or may even plug into a vehicle if available.  The RUCS team has enabled the system to even operate off of a car battery, or practically any battery for that matter.

Capable of Receiving Broadband Internet Signals in Many Ways


The RUCS was made to be very power friendly and backhaul agnostic. This means you can use any type of incoming signal or backhaul to reach the outside world. It can be used with high earth satellites or virtually any low earth satellites. As well, it can work off of traditional fiber if present as wells as existing cellular towers.


Tekniam has a small device that talks to the local cell towers. We send these out with an antenna that is about six inches across. If you are able to aim that small antenna at a cell tower, even if it’s miles away and you only have one bar, it will boost that signal to give it the maximum throughput from that tower.


Another unique feature is the RUCS can load balance. This means you can ingest two signals from two different sources.


So, for example, if you have a weak cellular signal that is very far away, and you have a weak satellite signal in geostationary or high earth satellite, you can pull those two signals in at the same time and make a stronger network. The stronger signal can then be pushed out into the field to all users.


The RUCS can also broadcast in multiple frequencies. It comes standard with the capacity to broadcast on two separate frequencies simultaneously. However, it can be upgraded to operate on many frequencies and can create as many user groups or Service Set Identifiers (SSIDs) as you would want at one time.

Full Network Control and Security


The RUCS enables administrators full network control. It can be programmed to say what each of those user groups can access or see. For instance, you could have a setup where military fighters have complete access to everything at full speed. Compared to people who are off duty who may be limited perhaps to calls only. Or calls and text only so they are not tying up the bandwidth of on duty people.


The RUCS can be set up as a stand-alone, high-security network that can track and record any activity going over the network. This ensures that no unauthorized persons are on the network.  Or, if somebody is, you can conduct surveillance on their activity and learn what they are doing.


You can also swap out the antenna on the RUCS device.  The RUCS comes with 3 antennas which can be swapped out for either omni directional, tight beam or directional.

Flexibility for Special Operations Communications


For Special Operations, the RUCS can be used to establish a stand-alone network, even in denied environments.  This can support information gathering activities, perhaps by CIs or Confidential Informants bringing information about the enemy. These hidden networks look like any other WiFi network if discovered.


With the RUCS, users could choose to set up a directional antenna on a mountain or a hill, a tower or any high object. Then point it up to a mile or two away depending upon which technology we are using and focus it to a few blocks area. The CI’s could walk into the area and use the Wi-Fi signal that looks like any regular civilian Wi-Fi. They will be able to call in their information, video calls, whatever they might need to do, passing on information without exposing any of your equipment or any of your team.


The system can also be configured to have two channels operating at a time.  One channel could look like an Internet Café, while the second channel could be used for anything for the CI.


The RUCS can also do other things like military Command and Control, perhaps establishing communications with drone swarms. It would all look like a simple Internet Café.  This would appear normal, but users would be operating a slightly different channel off the same device.


Having all the flexibility and power of a modern router network, the RUCS is a Special Operations communication device that delivers the bandwidth and network capabilities for modern algorithmic warfare.  It is the crucial broadband network link between drones in the field and the processing and analyzing of the signals they send back that enables the mobilizing of these new armies of algorithms for defense.


Tekniam’s RUCS is truly “tabula rosa,” which is Latin meaning “Clean slate,” for all things broadband and radio communications for defense and military applications.

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