During the past five years McQ has been actively pursuing integrating and applying wireless mesh network radios as a
communications solution for unattended ground sensor (UGS) systems. This effort has been rewarded with limited
levels of success and has ultimately resulted in a corporate position regarding the use of mesh network radios for UGS
systems. A discussion into the background of the effort, the challenges of implementing commercial off-the-shelf
(COTS) mesh radios with UGSs, the tradeoffs involved, and an overview of the future direction is presented.