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23 Aug 13. Lowry includes Panasonic Toughbook H2 in US Army’s AIT IV contract. Lowry Computer Products has included Panasonic’s rugged Toughbook H2 tablet PC in its automatic identification technology IV (AIT IV) contract, which serves as a single point of contact for US Army for AIT and technical support procurement. The addition is expected to support the army’s plans to implement tablet based solutions across their operations in near future. Running the full Windows 7 professional operating system, the Toughbook H2 is a 10.1-inch dual touch tablet PC, designed to address the requirements of mobile workers in harsh environments. Besides sunlight-viewable LED screen, the tablet also features twin hot-swappable batteries, third generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and an array of embedded wireless features, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 4G long term evolution (LTE) or Gobi 2000 3G mobile broadband. Manufactured with an IP65 certified sealed all-weather design, the tablet’s polycarbonate-encased magnesium alloy chassis is MIL-STD-810G certified to withstand drops up to 6ft, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, as well as humidity and explosive atmospheres. (Source: army-technology.com)

26 Aug 13. DOD’s push for secure mobile comms leverages commercial tools. Security, always a primary concern for military communications, is becoming more challenging as the growing power of digital technologies helps adversaries intercept and decrypt messages. In response, military planners are moving forward on many fronts, assessing commercial security technologies, biometrics and other technologies as they attempt to equip more warfighters with communications gear. As the Defense Department strives to stay ahead of adversaries who want to listen in on secure communications, several concerns come into play. Strategists want to integrate tablets and smart phones so they can leverage rapid advances in technology and upgrade quickly. But they must also modernize security within the constraints of today’s tight budgets.
“Currently, the DOD has very, very secure communications, but [it’s] not affordable,” said Dan Losada, senior director for the Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division. “There’s a big push to incorporate commercial encryption techniques, things like the NSA’s Suite B.”
Military planners also are looking at standards and commercial technology to enhance security while living within their budgets. Many are already making these moves. For example, the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) uses security that’s based on commercial technologies. (Source: Defense Systems)

26 Aug 13. Sky Sapience will mark a significant company milestone on September 2, 2013, when it hands over the newly upgraded Hovermast-100, tethered hovering system for small vehicles, to its first local customer, the Ground Forces Command of the Israel Defense Forces. The patented system will enter operational evaluation soon thereafter. The HoverMast-100, responds to the need for quick, mobile intelligence gathering. At the click of a button, the system autonomously deploys, rising to heights of up to 50 meters within 15 seconds. Tethered by a cable, serving as a power supply and wideband data link, the highly stabilized HoverMast-100 combines advanced flight algorithms and innovative materials to provide the highest payload-to-size ratio available today. The platform is capable of hosting a payload of up to 6 kg, such as electro-optic sensors, laser designators, radars, and sophisticated COMINT and ELINT systems. Its data link enables the transfer of critical data to selected recipients in real time. Since the release of the HoverMast in February 2012, the system has undergone rigorous testing. Improvements have been made and live demonstratio

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