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02 Feb 15. GE’s Intelligent Platforms business secured orders from General Dynamics UK valued at £64m (~$100m) to provide a range of embedded computing subsystems that will be deployed onboard the British Army’s SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) platforms. The scalable, open architecture subsystems – which include Ethernet switches, gateway processors, data servers and video servers – will allow SCOUT SV platforms to be easily upgraded during their lifetime as new requirements and technologies emerge. These subsystems provide the backbone of the vehicle electronics architecture. The Ethernet switch connects all the networked elements of the vehicle together; the gateway processor provides all the processing capability for the General Dynamics UK software to run the platform; and the data and video servers allow the vehicle to store and distribute vehicle and scenario data and video around the platform and on into the wider connected battlefield. The GE offering took advantage of two unique GE capabilities. GE’s close working relationship with NVIDIA and its expertise in developing and deploying rugged GPU technology enabled a solution to be proposed that uniquely met the SWaP (size, weight and power) constraints of the requirement. GE was also able to propose the use of its OpenWare switch software, which allowed the operation of the vehicle’s network to be optimized to the specific requirements of the platform.
05 Feb 15. iOra has been awarded a contract worth over £1.5m to continue to supply the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) with licences for fixed and deployed nodes of the iOra Geo-Replicator replication and compression solution. Geo-Replicator provides British troops in remote or mobile locations around the world with mission critical data regardless of slow or intermittent network access. This new contract follows on from a previous, successfully-delivered contract to UK MOD. MOD will utilise iOra’s SharePoint replication technology for UK global deployments across a multitude of different defence projects. iOra Geo-Replicator is used on many and varying collaboration and communication requirements from ensuring deployed troops have the latest critical information on hand through shared online portals to sharing information in a selective way between, and with, suppliers. iOra Geo-Replicator provides a major benefit within the Defence industry where MOD consortia need to work closely by allowing the sharing of only required information using a web portal. iOra’s Geo-Replicator customers are global operations that need to share information in disconnected environments where there are few or no high speed networks. At these locations, connectivity is delivered by wireless, either over satellite or land-based radio.
02 Feb 15. The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Roke Manor Research Limited and its partners, the University of Strathclyde (the project lead) and SCISYS, a contract to support the SysNova initiative for the development of new technologies in the space field. The three partners will research the possibility of launching a large number of cooperative nano-satellites, known as CubeSats, into space to support the prediction of severe weather events, as well as broader weather forecasting and climate modelling. A CubeSat is a type of miniaturised satellite currently being developed for space research, offering the potential for achieving revolutionary and affordable space capability in Low Earth Orbit for sensing and communications applications. These CubeSats would potentially replace the larger satellites currently orbiting