Easy Group Wins Army Small Business Innovation Research Award8 Jul, 2009
Easy Group Wins Army Small Business Innovation Research Award
Irwindale, CA (July 2009) - Easy Group LLC was awarded a small business innovation research award by the ARMY for its efforts in developing a complete visual and Near-Infrared (NIR) reflectance inkjet camouflage management system.
Its NICIA (Near-Infrared Chemistry Increased-Load Adaptive-flow Ink and Software System) solution has been selected for award in response to the U.S. Army’s needs for a fast turnaround system that enables rapid camouflage item production for pattern evaluation purposes. The new complete system consists of inkjet-able ink with manageable NIR properties, inkjet printers for a variety of substrates (including textile direct-to-garment and nylon based materials) and its driving and management software. The final system will aim to perform automated visual and NIR matching to precise camouflage specifications. It is also expected to result in commercial product offerings as well. The first phase of this project will complete in July, 2009.
The award was in response to Easy Group’s proposal of a solution to the PEO soldier program, which was seeking an inkjet solution for rapid deployment of region specific camouflage. "We are very pleased to have had this opportunity to advance the state-of-the-art in inkjet camouflage technology," said Easy Group president, Dimitris Constantinou. “We look forward to the fruits of our efforts and to the benefits that the NICIA solution may bring to the Army Program”.