Founded in 1995, Global Embedded Technologies, Inc. (Global ET) is focused on making systems smarter and more efficient, which is accomplished by creating and producing electronic modules. Initially, Global ET provided engineering services to automotive suppliers for electronic modules, test systems, and software tools. For the last decade, Global ET has been providing advanced power control and power management solutions for military ground vehicle systems through the Federal Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Development (R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
In recent years, Global ET has not only continued its commitment to innovative R&D, but has also strategically engaged in efforts to position technology developed under the SBIR program for commercialization. Commercialization opportunities include smart networked switches, intelligent power distribution for both low voltage (28VDC) and high voltage (600VDC), robotic motor drivers, bi-directional motor control for subsystems such as turrets and door assist systems, power converters, and digital voltage regulators for advanced charging systems.
Global ET continues to stay abreast of current and future military needs through the Government’s various SBIR programs, symposiums such as GVSETS, NDIA Michigan Networking Events, Dual-Use Briefings, and GDLS Maneuver Coordination Center (MC2).
Global ET has utilized many programs that the State of Michigan has made available to Michigan small businesses. Organizations such as the Procurement Assistance Technical Center (PTAC) help make connections, identify opportunities, and provide and clarify information. Global ET has worked with the Small Business Technology & Development Center (SBTDC), which has helped to review and refine SBIR proposals and has provided excellent support with strategic business planning and key enabling support through Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund (MI-ETF). Global ET has also been involved with several of the MEDC Pure Michigan Business Connect programs and is actively participating on the Michigan Defense Corridor Commercialization Task Force.
Global ET is starting to realize some technology transition success. Recently, Global ET was selected by UTC Aerospace Systems to develop and supply the advanced voltage regulator for the generator subsystem in the GDLS Abrams ECP1 program. This is an excellent opportunity to transition and apply technology developed under the SBIR program with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to a program of record for a major military ground vehicle platform.
Global ET is interested in other collaborative and partnership opportunities and is always positioning to add value to their customers by making systems smarter and more efficient.