The Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, Massachusetts.
Monitoring the average and peak power consumption of multiple soldier-borne electronics during simulation exercises, in order to optimize the tradeoff between energy versus weight of the batteries carried by soldiers.
Developing the e-Soldier Power Monitoring System, built with NI Single-Board RIO and LabVIEW, to sample 40 channels of voltages and currents at configurable ranges and rates up to 100k samples per second per channel. The system is light weight, battery-powered, and portable so that it can be carried in a soldier’s backpack.
The system consists of multiple power sensors, a portable data acquisition unit, and a remote data analysis computer. These components work together to acquire, record, analyze and display the power data.
The Bloomy e-Soldier Power Monitoring System provides the NSRDEC with a high-performance, low-noise system that is low power, light weight, reliable, and configurable.
"The e-Soldier Power Monitoring System allowed NSRDEC to evaluate power consumption and increase battery longevity of Nett Warrior configurations. NSRDEC plans to continue using the system on energy harvesting projects to assess the tradeoff between weight and power for the Warfighter." Noel Soto, Systems Engineer, US Army (NSRDEC), Natick, MA.