Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Autonomous

Reducing cognitive burden, and helping achieve decision dominance through AI and autonomous enabling technologies.

Edge AI Mission Computing

Systel enables immediate and emerging AI and autonomous capabilities for mission-critical defense and commercial applications in austere environments through best-in-class rugged server and embedded edge computing solutions. Our mission computers form the backbone of the AI technology stack, hosting powerful AI and Machine Learning (ML) software and algorithms in hardened and SWaP-optimized systems.

AI at the edge applications requires “on-prem” compute which poses significant challenges and makes demanding requirements of the supporting IT infrastructure. We meet these challenges head-on, bringing the data center to the edge with a wide range of AI-enabling solutions from our Kite-Strike product line, fully rugged and sealed NVIDIA Jetson embedded computers for precision edge AI applications, to IPC4472, rugged 4U HPC rackmount server with up to (4) NVIDIA Tesla GPUs with dual-NVLINK and 100GbE networking for massive AI workloads.

AI at the Edge


  • Degraded communications
  • Need real-time speed and low latency
  • Operating in harsh environments

Systel’s Solutions

  • Purpose-built and optimized mission computers
  • Advanced thermal management and ruggedization
  • Latest Silicon Valley COTS technologies through key partnerships

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AI Compute at the Tactical Edge


  • Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles (UAVs, UGVs)
  • AI-assisted Combat Aircraft, Vehicles, and Vessels
  • Vehicle and Force Protection
  • Electronic Warfare (EW) 
  • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
  • Counter UAS (C-UAS)
  • Aided Target Recognition (AiTR)
  • Hostile Fire Detection and Localization (HFDL)
  • Predictive Maintenance


  • Commercial UAVs
  • Autonomous and AI-assisted Commercial Vehicles
  • Autonomous and AI-assisted Heavy-Machinery Vehicles 
  • Factory Automation
  • Process Automation
  • Smart Cities
  • Inspection and Monitoring

Featured Product

Kite-Strike I is an embedded edge AI small-form-factor mission computer, providing the best performance per watt on the market. Integrating the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier SOM and purpose-built for demanding AI/ML workloads in austere environments, Kite-Strike I delivers robust capabilities in a SWaP-optimized, fully rugged system.

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