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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

Homefront Help

March 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.

Jammies for GIs

When sick and wounded troops are evacuated out of war zones, they often arrive at military hospitals with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, and those are often damaged from battle or purposely cut to treat wounds. This leaves injured warfighters little recourse other than to use their own money to purchase the basic personal effects they require. Enter Jammies for GIs. Despite the name, the group does more than hand out nightwear. It works to provide a clean change of clothes, entertainment and other goods to those who came to harm fighting for their country.

Event Assesses Technologies in Battlefield Network Environment

March 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Military and private-sector participants are attempting to replicate the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)-led Afghanistan Mission Network (AMN) for CWID 2011 with an emphasis on joint fires and coalition interoperability.

Mobile Marches from Classroom to Battle

March 15, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

Commercial smart phone capabilities have found their way into the classroom and the battlefield, and the U.S. Army’s Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications initiative is using pilot programs to determine how these mobile platforms will change the way soldiers communicate and access information in the next 10 years.

Connections Poll: Where will Egypt's new democracy lead?

February 16, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

After some growing pains and a shake out period, will a true democracy with all its flaws and opportunities emerge, or will it be hijacked by a small core group of extremists? Or will it just be more of the same old story?

Router Merges Land and Space

February 15, 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

It’s been talked about and in the planning stages for years. But for the first time, the “dial tone in the sky” has been advanced into use with enhanced capabilities via a software upgrade. Industry predicts that this step will lead to the ubiquitous use of communications via satellite.

Standardized C2 Training Plan Advances Forward

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

Commanding generals at major U.S. Air Force commands are being briefed on a plan to provide standardized, cross-domain command and control training. Beginning this summer, the Air Force will likely begin standardized training courses on command and control of air, space and cyber resources.

New Products

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

Mobile Device Regional Controls

Government and private organizations face an increasing risk to their smart phones and tablet devices as employees travel around the globe. Often the cultural requirements and threats to mobile devices may differ radically in different regions of the world, and an organization’s policies might differ from one country to the next. For example, content considered acceptable in some countries is deemed highly offensive in others, and organizations may want to restrict access in areas known for industrial espionage. With GeoLocation controls added to the Mobile Enterprise Compliance and Security Server (MECS), however, the enforcement policies automatically change when arriving in a particular region. Patent-pending mobile firewall and content-filtering mechanisms enforce controls based upon the physical location of the mobile device, offering flexibility over the access rights of iPhones, iPads, smart phones and tablet devices. In addition, by restricting access to certain capabilities based upon location, MECS can save costs. MECS' GeoLocation contains three different components—the real-time map, geolocation rule base option and reporting.

Trusted Network Environment v.10

Homefront Help

February 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.

Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces

The Employer Partnership (EP) of the Armed Forces exists to link U.S. employers with service members, veterans and their families. Through the initiative, the military community can receive help leveraging its military training and experience for civilian career opportunities with national, regional and local employer partners. The organization has program support managers in 25 locations who serve as liaisons with human resources departments at companies and agencies on behalf of the military. The managers also post information about job fairs and other events as well as work with service members to refine their applications, resume writing and interview skills. Career counselors work to help members of the military community achieve career goals.

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