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NIST Evaluates Smart Phone-based Language Translators

August 16, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is evaluating three smart phone-based Pashto and Dari language translation devices the U.S. Defense Department is developing for use in Afghanistan.

Power-Saving Initiative Also Saves Greenbacks

August 16, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

Computer companies reveal how much energy office equipment wastes when it is left running overnight.

Homefront Help

August 16, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available. Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

Army Bass Anglers

“Support. Defend. Fish.” That's the motto of the Army Bass Anglers, a group made up of active duty military members and veterans who compete in fishing tournaments to raise awareness for Returning Heroes Home and Fishing For Freedom events. Both programs support the military community. The latter also involves bass fishing tournaments where fishermen partner with soldiers and veterans, including those who have been wounded. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy Bass Angler groups support the missions as well.

New Products

August 16, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System Generation II

 
The recently unveiled Headborne Energy Analysis and Diagnostic System (HEADS) helmet sensor is equipped with a programmable, color-light emitting diode that can be set to activate during a blast event, providing immediate notification of a possible combat-related traumatic brain injury. The debut follows a recent $17 million award from the U.S. Army for BAE Systems’ HEADS Generation II sensor, which is designed to better monitor soldiers and assist in the identification and diagnosis of combat-related traumatic brain injuries. The new sensor continuously collects critical, potentially lifesaving data, including impact direction, magnitude, duration, blast pressures, angular and linear accelerations, and the exact times of single or multiple blast events. It not only lights up during a blast, but once the soldier enters a specified area—a forward operating base or dining facility, for example—a series of strategically placed antennaes scan all available HEADS units and send data to a computer, identifying any soldiers who may have a blast-related brain injury. For more information, visit: www.baesystems.com/Newsroom/NewsReleases/autoGen_110618173419.html.

Light Body Armor with Smarts

Army Deploying Enhanced Signals Intelligence Vehicle to Afghanistan

July 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Service introduces Prophet Enhanced system into the field at lightning speed under ISR surge.

Online Geospatial Network Aligns Army and Air Force Data

July 15, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

The U.S. Army and Air Force are on the same page- saving time and money by sharing one geospatial data network.

Defense Bloggers of the Highest Order

July 15, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

In a headline-driven nation where the death of Anna Nicole Smith bumps video of a battle in Baghdad off the news, a roundtable program from the U.S. Defense Department’s Emerging Media Directorate engages bloggers and downrange commanders in rich conversation.

Homefront Help

July 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

 
Homefront Help is SIGNAL Connections’ effort to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. The column highlights programs that offer resources and assistance to the military community ranging from care packages to benefits and everything in between. In that same spirit, Homefront Help presents opportunities for readers to donate time, offer resources and send words of thanks to those who sacrifice for freedom. Programs that provide services are listed in red. Opportunities for the public to reach out to service members are listed in blue. Each program description includes a link to the organization's website, when available. Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

Blue Star Museums

New Products

July 15, 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Soldiers’ Wearable C4 Platform

 
The recently introduced FalconFighter is a modular, flexible system that links command, control, communications and computers devices, sensors, networking components and power modules into a centralized, wearable platform controlled by the individual soldier. FalconFighter is designed to accommodate products with open standards and interfaces—making it easier for the system to adapt to changing mission requirements and integrate emerging technologies. For more information, visit www.rfcomm.harris.com.

European Sea Border Surveillance

The European research and development project SeaBILLA addresses sea border surveillance. The project complies with a European Union requirement for a shared common environment of relevant information for the surveillance and control of the European maritime borders. SeaBILLA aims to demonstrate the ability to enhance maritime border control through the net-centric integration of different kinds of surveillance systems, including Earth observation satellites, naval and coastal systems, unmanned or manned air vehicles, radar systems and passive sensors. For more information, visit www.selex-si.com.

Vehicle Missile Shield

Federal File Sharing Practices Need Some Work

June 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

U.S. government agencies fail to employ the policies that have been put into place to protect sensitive data when it is in transit, according to a recent survey of 200 government information technology (IT) and information security officials.

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