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09 Jun 16. Defense Assistive Technology Program Reaches Milestone. The Defense Department’s Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Technology & Evaluation Center, known as CAPTEC. Located in the Pentagon, CAPTEC allows people seeking solutions to accessibility challenges to view available assistive technologies and compare different solutions.
Stephen M. King, the Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program’s director, described how CAPTEC is an essential part of CAP’s mission.
Promoting Inclusion, Increasing Productivity
“The accommodation solutions provided by the Department of Defense through CAP remove barriers for employees with disabilities and service members, promote inclusion, and increase productivity,” he said.
CAP, the largest centrally funded reasonable accommodation program in the federal government and the largest assistive technology program in the world, continues to have a unique impact on the federal government’s ability to be inclusive, officials said, adding that CAPTEC plays an essential role in that impact.
Mike Young, manager of CAPTEC, describes the center as a “place where our customers realize possibilities.”
“Matching tools to an individual’s job requirements and limitations, and giving that individual the opportunity to try the tools on the spot, allows them to maximize their capabilities,” he said.
Since non-DoD agencies began using CAP services in 2000, the Defense Department has provided more than $21m in assistive technologies to support, equip and empower federal employees at 69 partner agencies.
“Through CAP and our Technology and Evaluation Center, the Department of Defense demonstrates its unwavering commitment to and investment in its people and to individuals with disabilities across the government,” King said. “It is an investment that has paid huge dividends for taxpayers and serves as a shining example of the federal government at its best.”
13 Jun 16. Kokam Co., Ltd, the world’s premier provider of innovative battery solutions, has conducted ballistic tests on battery cells using its unique Lithium Ion NANO battery technology and determined that even when these cells are shot they do not experience thermal runaway.
This test helps demonstrate how Kokam’s NANO battery technology provides the defense industry with extremely safe and reliable battery solutions, able to withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius, for unmanned systems, armed fighting vehicles, support vehicles, submarines and other demanding military applications. Kokam created the exceptionally stable NANO battery technology by integrating three different lithium-ion battery chemistries —Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC), Lithium Titanate Oxide (LTO) and Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)—into a single battery. By combining the advantages of these three battery chemistries, NANO battery solutions are able to deliver industry-leading levels of reliability in highly volatile environments, while also discharging at a 10 C-rate (Continuous)/15 C-rate (Pulse) and charging at a 5 C-rate (Continuous)/14 C-rate (Pulse). In addition to supporting or supplementing diesel and other engines, the NANO battery can also replace or be used instead of these engines, providing a silent energy source for sensitive defense missions.
“For military applications, battery safety and reliability is essential — on the battlefield, you can’t just pull your armed
fighting vehicle into the local gas station and ask them to replace the battery if it fails,” said Ike Hong, vice president of
Kokam’s Power Solutions Division. “With our NANO technology Kokam meets this need, providing the defense industry
with an exceptionally stable, rugged and long-lasting battery solution that can withstand extreme environmental conditions.”