15 Oct 07. Raytheon Company’s JPS Communications will collaborate with San Jose, Calif.,-based Cisco in an agreement to market an integrated local and wide-area communications solution. The effort combines the best of JPS and Cisco technology to dramatically improve interoperability for both military and civil customers. During emergency or normal operations, first responders, security professionals and military personnel require diverse communication devices, located at multiple sites, to operate together to share information. The integrated JPS ACU-2000 IP and Cisco IP Interoperability and Collaboration System (IPICS) further extend traditional interoperable communications across agencies, suppliers and technology by taking advantage of an open-standards platform. This collaborative approach will allow a senior official, using his internet protocol (IP) desk phone, to communicate with personnel in multiple locations accessing a hand-held radio, IP device, telephone, cellular phone or personal computer. This scalable technology will provide public sector agencies and enterprises the highest level of efficiency so appropriate resources can be applied to streamline operations and rapidly respond to any incident. (Source: ASD Network)
Oct 07. Thales and ACSS team to offer IFF Mode 5 for Military tanker/transport market. Thales and ACSS have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to develop an ARINC Format Identification Friend and Foe (IFF) Mode 5 transponder for large military aircraft for tanker/transport, and reconnaissance. The agreement brings together ACSS’ leading position in safety avionics systems, including Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS), Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems (TAWS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), with Thales strength as a leading military avionics supplier with a full range of military IFF solutions for air, sea and land applications. The design of the new transponder is backwardly compatible to ACSS’ current ARINC Format IFF Mode 4, the XS-950SI. It includes features such as low aircraft integration costs, ADS-B and Mode S Level 3, thus providing increased safety, situational awareness and efficiency for military flight operators. Both companies will offer the product as an upgrade path for existing NATO IFF Mode 4 customers and to new military aircraft customers.
16 Oct 07. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing and CompactPCI products for the aerospace and defense (A&D) market, has announced that it will partner with Seaweed Systems Inc. to combine Seaweed’s market-leading SeaWind family of X/OpenGL graphics software drivers and its own value-added graphic software IP to enable customers to more easily and efficiently take complete advantage of the full capabilities of Curtiss-Wright’s embedded graphics hardware offerings. The partnership between Seaweed Systems and Curtiss-Wright provides Curtiss-Wright customers with access to the industry’s leading software and hardware graphics products and support for high-performance embedded Power Architecture (PowerPC) and X86-based board-based systems using the VxWorks, Integrity and Linux operating environments. In addition, because Seaweed software drivers provide a path for support of the DO-178B and DO-254 avionics software and hardware specifications, Curtiss-Wright will be able to better serve customers seeking compliance with these safety critical directives.
17 Oct 07. Esterel Technologies and Ultra Electronics – Electrics, recognised centre of excellence in electronic systems, Human Machine Interface (HMI) solutions, lighting and high integrity harness systems today announced a collaboration agreement to promote each others best of class tools, systems engineering and integration capabilities. Under the agreement the two organisations have agreed to jointly promote their respective capabilities and offerings in safety-critical and high-integrity system design and developmen