Custom Power Solution for Unmanned
Ground Vehicles for Perimeter Security
Unmanned aerial vehicles were used for target practice as early as World War I, and they have continued to expand into other military applications, such as surveillance and reconnaissance. Unmanned ground vehicles – or driverless cars – have been a tougher nut to crack, although serious progress has been made. Driverless cars have traversed streets in traffic for substantial distances, but the requisite technologies, not to mention the readiness of the public to accept driverless cars, are still in development. Unmanned ground vehicles for the military, however, are already in use, performing a wide range of tasks such as surveillance, reconnaissance, and transportation of heavy loads. Nonmilitary unmanned ground vehicles that can handle limited tasks, such as perimeter security, are here today as well.
A Vicor customer manufactures a range of autonomous unmanned vehicles for perimeter security applications. These vehicles employ navigation and threat detection sensors such as on-board motion, sound detectors, and vision to perform the defined mission. They have the ability to communicate with security personnel and with other vehicles to carry out coordinated security scenarios.
The Vicor custom 732-W power supply, designed to mount in a NEMA 4 box for use in a number of vehicle platforms, provides two battery charger style outputs suitable for lead-acid technology batteries with 12 V, 25 A capability and 24 V, 18 A capability. Input is wide range, 90-264 Vac. The ability to provide accelerated delivery and offer low NRE were key factors in the selection of the Vicor solution.