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28 Jan 13. Rockwell Collins has launched the newest version of its MaxView® Enhanced Security, the first commercially available monitor and control software with enhanced security attributes designed to meet stringent standards for operations on both government and commercial networks. MaxView is a powerful and versatile software suite. Its modular framework and intuitive user interface enable users to manage local and remote networks, automate complex service tasks and unify management of disparate systems into one view. By managing networks in one view and eliminating the need for separate proprietary network management systems, MaxView minimizes operational complexity, training and support costs and helps customers identify and solve problems before they impact business. For government network environments, the launch of the latest release of MaxView Enhanced Security provides additional security attributes complying with stringent Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs). These STIGs ensure secure configurations including operating systems, network devices such as routers and firewalls, and both enterprise and desktop applications. The STIGs are mandatory for many federal agencies and military branches. For commercial network environments, customers will also benefit from the additional security attributes in the latest release of MaxView. These attributes result in reduced risk of security vulnerabilities, preserving high levels of network and communications availability and data integrity. Commercial applications include satellite service providers, broadcasters and media providers. Installed and supported on more than 600 systems in 40 countries on all seven continents, MaxView enables local and remote network management. As a vendor-agnostic product, network management across all types of hardware and technologies is readily available.

30 Jan 13. Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Welsh (2 R WELSH) completed the British Army’s largest ever virtual simulation exercise. Exercise URBAN WARRIOR 5 uses advanced science and technology as part of a cutting-edge experiment designed to help the Army better understand the battlefield of the future. Using virtual simulation at the Land Warfare Centre in Warminster, the Royal Welsh are pioneering future force training. As many as 190 soldiers fought various scenarios, with their every action monitored by a sophisticated system of computers and advanced simulation software. All information was collected for further analysis by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Niteworks Partnership who have developed the simulation programme. The exercise follows a previous real-life simulation exercise in December 2012 at the Urban Warfare Training Centre (CENZUB) in France. Soldiers worked with Warrior armoured vehicles and Challenger 2 tanks in one of the most realistic battlefield scenarios created. Dstl will now use the data collected to feed a further simulation model, collating results from all of the simulations. The analytical results of this programme, designed by MOD scientists and Niteworks Partnership, will provide evidence-based advice to the Army on the critical capabilities required in order to operate in the future urban battlefield, and the most cost-effective approaches to developing the future force.

30 Jan 13. Compact block converters use only a third of the rack space of conventional products. Designers of satellite communications systems can free up a significant amount of 19in. rack space by using a new range of compact block converters from Link Microtek. Manufactured by US company MITEQ, the patented 1/3-rack products are each housed in a 1/3-width, 1U-high package, allowing three times as much functionality to be integrated into the rack space of a conven

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