The EZ-K9 Project

The EZ-K9 Project

At Korentec, we have many years of experience in working with Israel’s defense industry and taking part in fascinating, complex and life-saving projects. 

We took part in a project for a leading defense company, which we have been collaborating with for dozens of years. What began as a feasibility project became a product development operation that we were a part of throughout all key stages. 

During the project, we developed software for a sensor that can identify and neutralize improvised explosive devices. This software is based on hardware that was developed by the client. The sensor is integrated into a robotic device, an autonomous vehicle, and a manual system.

the Interface

the Challenge

The project’s main challenge related to the fact that it started out as a feasibility initiative, which examined the implementation of a signal processing algorithm for explosive device identification. The project’s goal was to examine this concept’s high-quality feasibility. As a result, our R&D efforts took place in conditions that were rife with uncertainty.

Our team of experts participated in the entire development, from the initial specifications stage, to planning, design, R&D, testing and delivery. Since the project began as a feasibility process, the development stages included many trial and error stages. Improvements to the software’s algorithm were made based on the results.

Throughout the development stage, we also had to make adjustments in accordance to our understanding of the system’s abilities, and additional capabilities that were added to enhance the sensor’s operation under specific conditions – weather-less operation, identification of certain obstacles (rocks, walls, etc.), the identification of devices made from different materials, and more. Hardware-software and software-software integrations were made, alongside numerous development iterations.

In addition, the project, which was initially tested for robotic operation, was later developed for manual operation and autonomous vehicle installation. 

The system also required the development of a control system, which was installed on a laptop computer. The control system interfaced with the identification system, thus facilitating identification control, malfunction location and various system parameter updates.

The identification system is based on an Analog Sharc DSP component, and the software was written in C. The control system was written in C#, on the .NET platform. 

At a certain point, after proving the algorithm’s feasibility, it was decided to create a product that is based on the results of the feasibility project. We proceeded to make the necessary adjustments in order to initiate a product development project. 

The product and its by-products, which were considered cutting-edge and revolutionary, attracted much attention from within and outside of the company. They were exhibited in tech marketing conferences and sold to clients. 

The development stage lasted approx. 5 years, and was conducted on the client’s site. Our R&D teams collaborated with the client’s teams, which included algorithm, hardware, system engineering and marketing teams. We also played a role in supporting the product’s integration with other companies.

The Bottom Line

Our ability to integrate our teams into our clients' development teams, allows them to develop complex systems with maximum flexibility, and provides us with additional opportunities to express our professionalism and high-impact versatility.