Booz Allen Hamilton recently made a strategic investment in visual analytics and edge artificial intelligence (AI) company Reveal Technology, Inc.
The Silicon Valley-based Reveal blends AI and edge computing technologies to deliver intuitive, rapid intelligence via its Farsight software platform. Farsight provides actionable battlefield intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities to high-risk environments without the need for network connectivity and on timelines where seconds count. Its AI-powered insights and decision aids include real-time 2D mapping, near real-time 3D mapping, route planning, and line of sight analysis, enabling better, faster, and safer decisions and responses.
“Reveal has developed solutions that increase situational awareness and accelerate the decision cycle for dismounted warfighters. Their technology provides rapid, actionable intelligence at the squad and soldier levels while answering the government’s call for speeding the delivery of applied and tactical AI to the battlefield, said Joel Dillon, Booz Allen Senior Vice President of Digital Battlespace Special Missions. “It’s a gamechanger—and something I wish I had when I was in combat.”
Farsight’s intelligence-gathering capabilities leverage a small drone to perform reconnaissance and integrate with preloaded data on the locations of adversaries and friendlies, as well as other critical information that can be used to plan troop movements and calculate line of sight of threats. The technology works on a wide variety of devices, including smartphones and tablets.
The latest partnership with Reveal comes as the firm works to add additional capabilities to its Digital Battlespace platform, which supports the firm’s global defense clients by providing digital warfighting tools and networks. Booz Allen joins other investors in Reveal Technology such as 8VC and Defy Partners, The Defense Innovation Unit, Air Force Research Laboratory/AFWERX, and the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.
The investment is part of Booz Allen’s tech scouting program, which seeks to grow promising companies in the digital battlespace, cybersecurity, AI, and machine learning sectors. To date, Booz Allen has made four investments and has spun out two businesses from its own organization in which it holds a minority equity partnership. Other large systems integrators such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and Northrop Grumman also employ tech scouting and investment programs, bringing niche technologies into major defense programs.