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24 Oct 05. Cisco debuts integrated IP-based radio system. Cisco Systems Inc. launched an IP-based communications platform that the company says will tie together disparate radio systems in order to achieve interoperability for first responders and other government users. Cisco officials demonstrated its IP Interoperability and Collaboration Systems (IPICS) technology connecting UHF, VHF, legacy radio, cellular push-to-talk, and PC-based IP soft phones. The company has already fielded early trials of the system. The system comprises a Cisco IPICS server, which runs a hardened Linux operating system, as well as IPICS server software, a Push-to-Talk Management Center (PMC) application, and Cisco Voice Over IP XML Services. The integrated solution uses land mobile radio gateways in existing Cisco routers to enable cross-platform connectivity. Because it’s IP-based, the IPICS system can bring together voice, data and video on a variety of devices. (Source: Brad Grimes/GCN Staff)

21 Oct 05. EADS Astrium has launched the latest addition to its range of advanced naval satellite communications terminals, MiniSCOT. The latest terminal is optimised for use on smaller ships such as offshore patrol and mine countermeasures vessels, as well as applications on larger support ships. The MiniSCOT terminal is based on EADS Astrium’s successful family of SCOT terminals, typically used on frigates and command ships, with over 140 systems having been procured by 11 navies around the world. The new terminal, with an antenna size of 1m and a single-rack control system represents the latest addition to the SCOT range. Following development of the MiniSCOT terminal and successful sea trials, the first system is now in full operational use with the Portuguese Navy, providing significantly enhanced communications to the support ship, NRP Berrio, whilst on national and NATO deployments. The terminal is configured to use capacity provided by the Skynet series of SHF satellites, operated under contract by Paradigm Secure Communications, with the operation monitored and supported locally, by EADS SPACE’s representative, Pinto Basto
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25 Oct 05. Moog Components Group has announced its new Fiber Optic Modem (FOM) that integrates the MD1272/G and IP/1 10/100 Mbps fiber optic modems providing a ruggedized optic link between mobile shelter equipment and remote sites for tactical communications. This unit provides electrical to optical
conversion of IP (Internet Protocol) data and electro-optical conversion for full duplex transmission of digital communications signals between tactical shelters using multimode tactical fiber optic cable assemblies and is designed for use in harsh environments.

26 Oct 05. Unisys, a US-based IT services and software company, announced an alliance with NEC Corporation of Japan yesterday to develop a new line of Intel-based servers. Joe McGrath and Akinobu Kanasugi, presidents of the respective companies, told a news conference that their partnership would focus on server technology, software and support services. Mr Kanasugi said high-end Intel-based servers would be enhanced with a combin- ation of the two companies’ software, boosting global shipments. NEC customers would benefit from Unisys’s world-class consulting and support services. NEC and Unisys plan to collaborate on the design and development of a server platform. NEC will manufacture the servers with the first due to appear in 2007. They will also co-operate on security – combining NEC’s fingerprint, palm print and facial recognition systems with Unisys’ expertise in selling such solutions to the airline, federal government and financial services sectors. (Source: FT.com)

24 Oct 05. Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing and Foliage Software Systems today announced a strategic alliance to combine their capabilities, services and products to

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