Industry, Academia & Government Collaboration Speeds Innovation
April 6, 2010 (Arlington, VA) — SCHOTT North America’s Defense Unit announced today it has joined the EDGE® Innovation Network, a collaborative, open-environment initiative enabling industry and academia, with government input, to work together to enhance the delivery cycle of new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters and first responders.
“SCHOTT is excited to join the EDGE Innovation Network,” said Scott Custer, executive vice president SCHOTT Defense. “As a company completely dedicated to technology and innovation for the military, we appreciate becoming a part of the EDGE initiative to deliver relevant products to the field in the most rapid and cost-effective manner.”
Sponsored by General Dynamics C4 Systems, the EDGE has already delivered several innovations including a Soldier Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Receiver, or SIR, to the U.S. Army. About the size of a Blackberry®, the SIR device delivers real-time streaming video from multiple manned or unmanned assets directly into the hands of soldiers on the ground. Currently, there are over 10 projects in development intended to improve and enhance warfighter capabilities.
Pete Palmer, EDGE Innovation Network director, said, “The EDGE bridges gaps between end-user needs and current capabilities by promoting rapidly prototyped solutions that could close those gaps quickly. By applying the EDGE process, the government can quickly and cost-effectively review multiple options for users to evaluate in months rather than years.”
There are currently five EDGE Innovation Centers worldwide and over 100 EDGE members. Recent new members include Motorola Federal Markets Division, Columbia, Md.; Protonex Technology Corporation., Southborough, Mass.; EMC Corporation, Marlborough, Mass.; Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.; and the University of California at Santa Barbara. More information can be found online at www.edge-innovation.com.
SCHOTT celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009. The company has been active in the U.S. Defense market for over 40 years.