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Sep 07. Link Microtek has been certified by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) as a provider of RF safety training. Link’s training courses are already recognised by UK telecoms operators and broadcasters, and the IET endorsement means that other potential customers can be confident that they will be receiving professional training from a competent organisation. To achieve IET certification, the company’s personnel and procedures had to undergo rigorous vetting to demonstrate issues such as the competence of its trainers, how the trainers themselves are trained, how the company keeps up to date with new issues, how it obtains and assesses customer feedback and how training material is documented. Link Microtek is anticipating increased demand for its training courses in the next few years, as the forthcoming EMF Directive stipulates that training will be required for any employee who may be exposed to risks from EMFs. As well as affecting telecoms workers, this will apply to those using, for example, medical scanners, military systems or industrial equipment for induction heating or RF welding.
03 Sep 07. EADS Defence & Security has successfully tested the military version of the HELLAS (helicopter laser radar) obstacle warning system in flight. The equipment known as the Military Obstacle Warning System (MilOWS) is being developed for deployment on the NH90 helicopter. As the company announced today, the EADS Defence Electronics business unit has carried out the first flight tests with MilOWS on board the HELLAS demonstration helicopter for certification and as the basis for the approval of different helicopter types following the successful development phase. During these tests, the functionality of the equipment and the performance of the sensor were verified under flight conditions as required by the customer. Various obstacle scenarios were flown, including low level flights and spiralling at a roll angle of up to 45°. MilOWS detected the obstacles as expected. The good test results approve the work done by the developers so far as regards the design of this very complex optronic system. The data recorded during the flight tests serve to verify and optimise the algorithms for recognising and classifying obstacles in accordance with military requirement profiles. Further flight tests with this demonstration system are planned for October/ November 2007 in even more complex obstacle scenarios, such as military flight profiles. (See: BATTLESPACE UPDATE Vol.9 ISSUE 25, 22 June 2007, EADS and DRS Technologies sign HELLAS cooperation agreement)
Sep 07. The new version 4, Mirasys Network Video Recorder, enhances the flexibility and operability of the NVR software. The NVR runs as a service rather than an application providing major advantages over traditional NVRs. Running as a service means data can stream direct to file, application software writes to data base which needs the NVR to stop whilst backing up data. This system ensures no data is lost, providing 24/7. The V/Nseries software is designed to control up to thousands of surveillance and security devices, cameras, microphones, text channels and electronic locks through one interlinked recorder cluster. Mirasys V/N4.0 concentrates in expanding and automatizing alarm functionalities, especially for the needs of larger security infrastructures. This version provides tools for combining alarm responses into automatic event sequences; for example, motion detected by one camera can automatically activate other cameras or microphones, change camera resolutions, disable electronic locks, set sound thresholds for multiple microphones, send automated alarm signals, or move cameras to target pre-specified positions. N series software provides synchronous presentation of all the above features in a simple, intuitive way. Combining your own building plans allows the triggered ca