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New Products

June 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Wearable Tactical System

 
The Modular Tactical System integrates a command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability with the rest of the equipment worn by the dismounted soldier. The commercial system is produced by Black Diamond Advanced Technologies, Tempe, Arizona, and was tested by special operations units during operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. It offers a vest-based configuration with a tactical mission controller, cables routed through an interchangeable cummerbund with body armor, a night vision goggle-compatible visual display and a tactical hub for interfacing with mission-specific components, such as range finders. The system can be powered by a wide array of existing military batteries. It is designed to be interoperable with existing systems already on the battlefield. It is adaptable for specialized missions requiring application-specific equipment, including targeting, combat medics, explosive ordnance disposal, combat weather and military intelligence.

Mobile Eye Tracker

Sand and Dust Simulators in One Device

May 16, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

The battle against damage to equipment from sand and dust has gained ground with the unveiling of the first device that simulates exposure to both in a single chamber.

NATO and United States Set to Test Missile Defense Link

May 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

For the first time, the United States and NATO plan to test an operational link between the NATO missile defense system and the U.S. system, which is in the early stages of deployment to Europe.

New Products

May 16, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Firebird Spycraft

 
The Firebird intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, which can be either manned or unmanned, will attempt to prove spy-in-the-sky power, during Joint Forces Command’s May 23 to June 3 Empire Challenge 2011 military exercise. Firebird, developed by Northrop Grumman, is designed to gather real-time, high-definition video, view infrared imagery, use radar and listen in on communications signals simultaneously through a universal interface. The universal interface is similar to plugging a jump drive into a personal computer that is automatically recognized with no need for additional software, according to Northrop Grumman officials.

Enhanced Mobile Alerts

Homefront Help

May 16, 2011
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.

Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation

Afghan High-Def Connection Puts Marines at Super Bowl

April 15, 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

For a few moments during the Super Bowl, viewers caught a glimpse of U.S. Marines at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, ready for the game. The clip marked only the second high-definition shot broadcast out of the country.

Mind Over Mouse Click

April 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Thanks to search engine overload, the answer to any question is seemingly never more than a mouse click away. But a new eye-controlled laptop could ensure that information is literally available in the blink of an eye.

Homefront Help

April 15, 2011
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.

National Museum of the United States Army

New Products

April 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Peek-a-Boo Backpack

 
The latest version of the Prism through-wall radar product line fits in a backpack and can provide intelligence on the location and movement of any people inside a particular room simply by having the operator stand with the radar pack next to the wall. The recently launched Prism 200c is lightweight and inconspicuous and can be used for counterterrorism, military or police special operations missions. The Prism 200c, which was developed by Cambridge Consultants, shaves seconds off the setup process by allowing the operator to lean against a wall to either monitor or record the activity within a building while maintaining cover by operating it via a handheld laptop computer or similar personal device. The new device boasts up to eight hours of battery life, reduced weight load, and resistance to water and dust, and it works even in environments such as modern offices with a lot of radar reflecting surfaces. It offers user-friendly data presentation on-device and remotely. It also offers a 3-D view. The devices are available in North America, Europe and Asia.

Enhanced Signal Jammer

New Products

March 15, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Chem-Bio Contingency Planner

A newly improved software product allows development of comprehensive response and detection plans in case of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) attacks. Previous versions of HG_Flow.Protect software have been used to formulate disaster response plans for buildings that may be potential terrorist targets. Now, Hygie-Tech, the software provider, has added a new module to capture meteorological data so that the program can be used to plan responses to attacks in open areas, such as sports arenas. HG_Flow.Protect uses a computational fluid dynamics model to generate visualizations from 3-D laser scans of airflows, gas flows and particles. The product provides accurate detail down to the one-millimeter scale. It can be used to formulate contingency plans for public buildings and open areas that may be vulnerable to CBRN attacks.

BlackBerry Secure Text

A $600 commercially available kit is all it takes for criminals to intercept text messages, which is why SRA International recently launched One Vault Messenger, an encryption solution for short message service transmissions for BlackBerry smart phones. First launched last year, the One Vault suite of products is a hardware-anchored voice security solution for an off-the-shelf BlackBerry. One Vault Messenger leverages existing technologies to defend against unwanted surveillance and hacking.

Quantum Cyber Security

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