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07 May 12. US Seismic Systems, Inc. (USSI), a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Corporation signed a licensing agreement involving several of Northrop Grumman’s fiber-optic technology patents. Terms of the agreement are confidential. Northrop Grumman has an extensive portfolio of fiber-optic patents resulting from pioneering research in fiber optics spanning three decades. Northrop Grumman’s licensed patents will be used by USSI in an enhanced product to refine the next generation of high sensitivity oilfield fiber-optic geophones. “USSI’s new all-optical geophone is designed to replace less capable legacy magnet and coil geophone sensors currently used for oilfield exploration and production,” said Jim Andersen, CEO of USSI. “The USSI fiber-optic geophone provides superior performance in every key category, including sensitivity, noise floor, distortion, bandwidth and dynamic range—and all at a substantially lower cost. Combined with our existing best-in-class oilfield fiber-optic sensor technology, these patents will help solidify our position as a technology leader. This collaborative partnership will leverage our core strengths to bring cutting-edge technologies to the energy market.
“These patents represent extensive investment in research and development that spans more than a decade,” said Liz Iversen, sector vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman’s Navigation Systems Division. “We look forward to a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship.”
(Source: ASD Network)

10 May 12. The US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is developing a range of lightweight batteries and soldier wearable integrated power system (SWIPES) to improve manoeuvrability in the battlefield. Christopher Hurley, RDECOM Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) battery development projects team leader, said the team has reduced the size and weight of the standard BA-5590 battery by half, retaining the performance and run time. The reductions were obtained through improvements in the battery’s materials and the new half-size BA-5590 batteries can still plug into the same equipment, including radios and robots, as the full-size version. The service is currently developing battery chemistries from lithium-carbon monoflouride. CERDEC is also collaborating with RDECOM’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center to develop a 0.8in-thick polymer conformal battery, which can be placed into a soldier’s vest instead of boxed-sized batteries. Hurley said the same battery chemistries are being fed into polymer conformal battery to reduce projections from the soldiers’ body in a prone position or tight spaces. Another army innovation, SWIPES, supplies a main battery from a central location to power all end-items such as batteries, GPS units, shot-detection systems and handheld communications, eliminating the need for swapping batteries or power sources. The batteries are expected to be used by soldiers in around a year and the Army rapid equipping force and project manager soldier warrior have started field testing several hundred SWIPES units. (Source: armytechnology.com)

10 May 12. Panasonic and HIPCOM announced a new initiative to help take the Panasonic business communication solution into the next technological phase. HIPCOM Unified Cloud Communications. HIPCOM UCC is one platform that seamlessly integrates Cloud services, on-premise CPE and mobile devices. It enables business owners to reduce capital expenditure and move to a flexible operating expenditure model, reduce ongoing maintenance and upgrade costs and drive significant new revenue streams whilst strengthening key customer relationships. Todays announcement means that communication can be provided as a service and delivered through Panaso

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