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January 18, 2011

ARCON Corporation Product Announcement

The ARCON Corporation Digital Speech Processing Group is pleased to announce its newest service: providing custom implementations of real-time speech and audio algorithms for mobile applications.  We leverage our long history of audio and speech algorithm development and evaluation to create solutions that fit our U.S. government and commercial customers’ needs.  To find out more, please contact us at (781) 890-3330, ext. 500, or e-mail speech@arcon.com.

 

Codan US Inc. Receives JITC Certification for the 2110 HF Manpack

 
Codan (ASX-CDA) today announced that it has received certification from the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) for the Codan 2110 high frequency (HF) manpack transceiver.

According to the notification, the Codan 2110 manpack is certified as conforming to the Automatic Link Establishment (ALE) requirements of Military Standard (MIL-STD)-188-141B, Interoperability and Performance Standards for Medium and HF Radio Equipment.

Software Paints Clearer Tactical Picture

January 18, 2011
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

The Air Force Tactical Air Control Party is upgrading its Close Air Support System software and installing it on a wearable computer that is 75 percent lighter than the previous computers TACP teams used.

Game On for NATO Virtual Training

January 18, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower, SIGNAL Connections

The Allied Command Transformation’s virtual training game Boarders Ahoy! took home top honors at a showcase for the latest in modeling, simulation and virtual worlds. Developers say it’s just one step toward a more inexpensive and efficient way to prepare sailors and airmen for challenges in the field.

Homefront Help

January 18, 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.

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude supports deployed warfighters by working to provide them with care packages and letters from groups and individuals back home. It sets itself apart from similar organizations by also bringing items to troops undergoing long-term rehabilitation at several military hospitals. To further the physical and mental well being of these warfighters, Operation Gratitude offers a service in which it sends packages from the injured to their unit members on the front lines. This has a two-fold result: those deployed know their wounded comrade is thinking about them, and the patients still feel they are contributing to the battlefield.

New Products

January 18, 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Connections

Pill Bot

 
The pharmacy staff at Kadena Air Base in Japan recently started working with a robot designed to count medication for prescriptions. The PharmASSIST ROBOTx stores the counted medications until electronic prescriptions are received from doctors. Then, using bar code scanning checks, it ensures patients receive the correct medication. The machine can produce up to 240 prescriptions per hour; fill prescriptions every 15 seconds; and count medications simultaneously. The Kadena Air Base pharmacy fills an average of about 400 prescriptions every day. The robot cuts the average wait time for customers from 30 minutes to 20, provides extra layers of safety, creates a more efficient work environment and frees up staff members to conduct other duties.

Mini Threat Sniffers

New Products

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

Threat Detector

 
A new Surveillance Detection System (SDS) capable of near real-time, 360-degree detection of optical threats identifies when friendly forces are being monitored or targeted by cameras, binoculars, sniper scopes or other optical means. The system was recently demonstrated on a U.S. government test range and successfully completed field testing over the past year. The SDS can be adapted to meet specific customer needs, including tracking of counter-surveillance; snipers; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and improvised explosive devices. It also provides the range and Global Positioning System location threats in a prioritized database built on real-time target interrogations.

The SDS design combines advanced sensing and processing components in a compact, lightweight and environmentally rugged package.

Autonomous Biodetection

Military Jumps on the Tube

December 15, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Connections

Troops now have a secure means to share videos. With the unveiling of milTube, the latest addition to milSuite, the military work force no longer needs to turn to YouTube—a practice the higher echelons frown upon—to share training or professional development clips.

Artificial Intelligence Advances in Military Ranks

December 15, 2010
By Jordan Garegnani, SIGNAL Connections

A groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) project seeks to have sensors accepting and transmitting information in a method similar to the human brain.

Homefront Help

December 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.

Operation Mend

Military members injured in combat who need reconstructive limb or face surgery, or help overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder, can take advantage of Operation Mend's treatment and follow-up support to find the care they need. The partnership is an effort among the Ronald Reagan University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center, the San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly BrookeArmyMedicalCenter) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs–Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Procedures and counseling are provided at the UCLA facility, which U.S. News and World Report ranked as one of the top five hospitals in the country on its 2010 honor roll.

Antenna Aids Navy, Pays Tribute to Attacked Ship

November 15, 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Connections

Part of the USS Cole has found new life in a field in New Jersey. Engineers at the Vice Adm. James H. Doyle Jr. Combat System Engineering Development Site (CSEDS) Aegis Technical Representative (TECHREP) in Moorestown refurbished the SPY-1B/D antenna that was installed on the ship when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000.

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