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25 Aug 21. Fujitsu to display quantum inspired computing and predictive analytics demos capabilities at DSEI. World-leading supercomputer developer, Fujitsu, has been instrumental in the establishment of DSEI’s debut Future Tech Hub. DSEI Future Tech Hub strategic partner, Fujitsu, is set to demonstrate the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), quantum-inspired computing and networking at DSEI 2021, taking place 14-17 September at ExCeL London. The company will host a series of live demos to showcase its state-of-the-art automated analytics, data science and how technologies that exist today are already challenging the idea that creativity is uniquely human; asking what that means for the role of humans in decision-making now, and in the future.
Echoing this year’s theme of Multi-Domain Integration (MDI), Fujitsu’s display will focus on the sustainable integration of people and machines – a human-centric approach where decision-making is evidence-based, data-driven and blended with intuition.
The main goal will be to answer questions on how AI can be practically applied to a data problem and how infrastructures such as multi-cloud, networks and secure comms can be delivered to support the Digital Backbone.
This will include a demonstration of the 6th Generation Fighter Data Integration approach. Based on multi-cloud open architecture data management providing an enterprise wide awareness, enhancing operational effectiveness and mission readiness.
Fujitsu will also use DSEI as a platform to explore the issues that are caused by high volumes of space debris orbiting the earth and showcase how quantum-inspired computing and predictive analytics can help determine which piece of debris the spacecraft should remove before it becomes a hazard to critical assets.
As a DSEI strategic partner, Fujitsu will also play an active role in seminars and panels within the Joint Theatre in the Future Tech Hub. Subject matter experts will discuss topics such as the importance of partnerships for achieving MDI and how industry creativity can help build an integrated force.
Additionally, Fujitsu are running a speaker programme to selective audiences across the event. The presenters are specialists within their respective fields, sharing insights on frontier technologies and digital transformation:
– Professor Michael Horowitz, world leading expert and author on AI, robotics, global politics and military innovation
– Dr Satoshi Matsuoka, world leading expert in supercomputing and Director of the RIKEN Center for Computational Science, which has led the development together with Fujitsu of the world’s fastest supercomputer, Japan’s Fugaku
– Dr Keith Dear, AI Innovation Director and former Intelligence Officer in the RAF and Expert Adviser to the UK Prime Minister on defence modernisation
Tim Gibson, Vice President of Fujitsu Defence & National Security stated “Fujitsu’s vision is the sustainable integration of people and machines to revolutionise all aspects of operations. We see the power of AI and Quantum coupled with the constant uncertainty we see in the world today as the backdrop to why we are constantly evolving to be the Digital Transformation partner of choice. Digital innovation is fundamental and the creation of the new ‘Future Tech Hub’ will bring emerging technologies to the forefront at this year’s event. We are pleased to have helped shape this important initiative.”
23 Aug 21. Ultra to Highlight Innovative Multi-Domain Solutions at DSEI. At DSEI 2021, Ultra will display and discuss its latest capabilities in support of the Five Eyes and other key allies as they seek to counter emerging threats around the globe. Representatives from the company will emphasise the following capabilities to the media and other attendees from the defence community:
- Next-generation Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) – Ultra’s enhanced detection, classification and tracking systems enable customers to respond to the growing underwater threats of near-peer adversaries, whose sophistication and fleet size are both rapidly increasing.
– Next-generation solutions across surface search radar, sonobuoys, compact ASW systems, and advanced active and passive torpedo detection systems.
– Unmanned delivery and monitoring systems, as well as increasingly sophisticated sensors with embedded analytics, to protect against the most advanced threats our customers face.
- Enhanced Intelligent Solutions – Intelligent systems are a key element of the modern battlespace. They will improve detect to deploy in a rapidly evolving battlespace and allow execution of missions with fewer resources, especially in contested and high-risk A2AD arenas. Ultra is developing a suite of open architecture, modular capabilities to support autonomous operations across air, surface and underwater domains.
– Advanced, communications capabilities to UAVs, USVs and airborne pods to support integrated battlespace missions
– Intelligence solutions to supplement real-time situational awareness solutions in a conjoined air and maritime software solution
- Secure cognitive networking and situational awareness – Ultra’s cognitive communication networks act intelligently to sense the environment and adapt communications methods on the fly, ensuring that decision advantage is never lost.
– Resilient tactical communication networks that can autonomously self-form and self-heal
– Interoperable high-grade and certified cryptography capabilities – delivering secure communications from the cloud to the edge
– Next-generation, key management and remote key distribution solutions
- Decision advantage at the tactical edge – Ultra is developing novel human-machine interfaces to reduce cognitive overload, improve performance and reduce error – enabling operators to make faster, smarter decisions
– UltraLYNX smart hub delivers intelligent power and data management, as well as wearable computing at the tactical edge. It is able to integrate and utilise a range of soldier-borne devices to provide an enhanced operational capability.
– Brain Control Interface (BCI) technologies and specific training to both monitor and respond to an individual’s cognitive load in high-stress situations
– BCIs to enable intuitive, hands-free control of any UltraLYNX connected device (for example, the radio or even a drone)
– Other systems, such as gesture control and augmented reality, can also be rapidly integrated into the system
The following representatives are available for one-on-one interviews upon request:
- Mike Baptist, OBE – Senior Executive and President, Intelligence and Communications
- Lori Thompson – Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Marketing
- Tom Link – Senior Executive and President, Maritime
- Ray Munoz – Senior Vice President, Business Development, Maritime
- Rikki Douglas – Vice President, Business Development, Sonar Systems
- Tony White – Chief Technology Officer, Land
Stand H7-320 – ExCeL, London, UK
06 Sep 21. New Fan Assembly Option Added to ViaLiteHD 3U Rack Chassis.
ViaLite Communications has introduced a new fan assembly option for its RF over fiber 3U rack chassis.
Housing 12 small fans, the assembly lowers the operating temperature of the chassis and its inserted chassis cards links by increasing air circulation. This new feature is especially beneficial for chassis units located in higher ambient temperatures, whether housed in an equipment room rack system or outdoor enclosure.
The assembly also allows chassis units to be fully populated with DWDM cards, up to six transmit cards and six receive cards, when the chassis is located in a typical equipment room. This is ideal for larger teleports as they transition to high throughput satellites (HTS) with higher bandwidths, requiring RF over fiber links with greater dynamic range.
Additionally, the fan assembly can increase product lifetime of both the chassis and its cards by improving the Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) which directly correlates to lower operating temperatures.
Upon testing a fully populated 3U chassis with six receiver cards and seven standard transmitter cards, and a fan assembly, within a ViaLite ODE-B3U enclosure, the temperature was reduced by 9 – 10 °C. The temperature drop achieved will vary depending on the number and type of cards used and the enclosure location.
The 3U chassis can house RF over fiber links for: Satcom (including LEO/MEO), Broadcast, Mil-Aero and Defence, Satcom Telemetry, Network Timing, Radar, Maritime and more. Of ViaLite’s comprehensive range of outdoor enclosures, the ODE-C, ODE-D, ODE-D+ and new ODE-B3U can house 3U rack chassis units. The enclosures are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
ViaLite Product Manager, Edward Levack, explained: “With the new fan assembly, the 3U Rack Chassis can be installed in outdoor enclosures that are in warmer ambient conditions than previously possible. Equally, with this cooling system, more DWDM links can be installed in the chassis while keeping within the operating temperature envelope. Both of these benefits mean the customer can be more confident in the system and modules installed.”
The fan assembly is powered by the existing 3U power supplies; negating the need for any additional power supplies.
For more information, please visit www.vialite.
17 Aug 21. How collaboration and new technologies are transforming Typhoon production. The Typhoon’s UK production line is being transformed through the introduction of new technology, an innovative spirit and effective collaboration across BAE Systems teams and with key suppliers.
The days of ‘old tech’ 2D drawings and text-heavy instructions are being replaced by the ‘new tools’ of 3D animated work instructions, augmented reality, projected work instructions and use of headsets, all being harnessed to help drive further efficiencies.
Martin Knott is the Assembly Team Lead for Airframe Technology Delivery and explains how the need for change is being driven by a focus on export programmes affordability with a variation of production rates and requirements.
“We’re investing in technologies and techniques that support the operators and help them do their jobs, increasing efficiency.”
That support includes 3D animated instructions, created by the Company’s manufacturing engineering teams, which show the operator what needs to happen in a process and the sequence it needs to happen in.
Martin likens it to the way we look for information when at home: we pick up a tablet and look at YouTube tutorials.
These new innovations can be found on the Typhoon production line integrated into smart gantry systems. Each gantry features a projection system that live tracks a part and guides the operator to the correct positioning.
The use of tablets that provide augmented reality information is also making things clearer and more intuitive for the production line worker; easier to handle, their flexibility is a big plus.
When it comes to working in confined spaces on the airframe, newly developed headsets allow the fitter or electrician to work hands free, with the information they need projected in front of them or overlayed onto the ‘real world’.
The project has its roots in BAE Systems’ ‘Factory of the Future’ initiative where technologies are developed and often implemented in other areas of the business. One example is the Intelligent Workstation, which came out of a collaboration with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield and was recently introduced to the Typhoon production line.
Key supply chain partners in the smart gantry system include UK-based Systems Integration specialists Fairfield Control Systems and French company Diota, a leading software provider in augmented reality solutions and the developers of the projection systems being used.
Ian Sudlow, Head of Technology Delivery for Airframe, says: “This is another great example of the work we are doing to spin out technology from our Factory of the Future project at Warton and deliver benefit onto our current programmes.
“The use of collaborative technologies has the potential to significantly reduce cost, improve quality and enable our skilled workforce to add value by providing them with the information they need exactly at the point and in the format they need it.
“These technologies form a key part of our manufacturing approach for the future and it’s great to see us able to de-risk and leverage their potential on Typhoon. I’m really proud of what the team has achieved with this work in a relatively short time span.”
Equipped with projectors that can live-track the build of avionic trays for the Typhoon aircraft, the gantry helps guide the operator in the process they are carrying out.
Designed for larger parts in the Typhoon aircraft assembly process, the gantry builds on the successful introduction of the intelligent workstation developed with the AMRC and extends the team ability to use technology on larger scale components and assemblies.
Traditionally operators had to use drawings or refer to written instructions explaining where to drill a hole for instance. The gantry projector system puts that information right in front of them, actually on the part, it may also be colour coded, all to provide clear point of use instructions.
The gantry design has been ‘future proofed’ to enable upgrading and the team are continually looking at ways to improve the system, as well as exploring future technologies that may be of benefit to the assembly process.
Operating in confined, tight spaces on the Typhoon airframe has been one of the challenges for production line workers. It has not been made any less difficult by the continuing need to refer to drawings and written instructions.
The headset technology Neelofar Ansari, a Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Airframe Technology Delivery, has helped to introduce, are easing that strain, improving working conditions and making the tasks involved easier to complete.
They allow the fitter or electrician to work hands free, with the information they need projected in front of them or overlayed onto the ‘real world’.
Neelofor explains: “The labels they need to put in place as part of the process are overlayed, so they don’t need to keep continually referring back to drawings. Here they can see it all in front of them.”
She says that the development of the technology originated from a challenge set by the operators to provide a solution to this difficult activity and during the development the feedback received from operators has been vital in ensuring the technology is of help to them in their roles and is delivering efficiencies.
She says: “We’ve been told when things aren’t working as well as they could be and that is really important. People must be comfortable with the technology and confident that it is benefitting them.
“When operators start using the technology and we begin to get the feedback, that’s when the project becomes really exciting, you find out how best to improve the technology to work for the operators and the job at hand.”
17 Aug 21. Miniature size, mighty control. Sole UK supplier of FAULHABER motors, Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS), is supplying the new FAULHABER MC3001 motion controllers — MC3001B and MC3001P. Designed for control and positioning tasks, the controllers exhibit a miniaturised size and high power. The new additions complete FAULHABER’s MC V3.0 generation of controllers for smaller drives.
Measuring just 2.6 millimetres (mm) in height with a format from 16 by 27 mm, the new unhoused motion controllers are extremely miniaturised. But their small size does not compromise performance, as they can be operated with 1.4 amperes (A) in continuous operation and up to five A peak current. Along with these beneficial attributes, the new motion controllers also feature very high control dynamics.
Despite being incredibly compact, the new MC3001 controllers have the same functionality and interfaces as more powerful products of the MC V3.0 generation. They can control DC micromotors, linear DC servomotors and brushless DC motors ranging from six to 30 mm diameter from the FAULHABER product line.
External laboratories have verified the excellent electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) behaviour of the new controllers, proving they can operate acceptably in their electromagnetic environment alongside other electronic devices. Achieving this requires the device to function in its electromagnetic environment without suffering impairment or faults, and without influencing the environment in a way that would adversely affect other devices.
Another advantage of the new motion controllers is that they provide full thermal protection for motors. This is achieved through their integrated thermal modules and high pulse width modification (PWM) frequency, which minimises torque ripple and therefore prevents overheating.
Two variants of the MC001 motion controllers are available. The MC3001B plugs into a motherboard with three micro board-to-board connectors, while the MC3001P plugs in with a 28 pin plug connector. Also available is a compatible FAULHABER starter kit that includes a motherboard, which enables quick and easy development of the drive system.
“The new MC3001 motion controllers deliver high performance in a thumb-sized module,” said Dave Walsha, sales manager at EMS. “Their compact design allows them to fit into confined spaces and add minimal bulk to mechanical systems. This makes them ideal for fields such as robotics, machine construction and laboratory technology.
“Being designed for slave operation, the new additions can receive signals from a master controller to work in synchrony. This has advantages in a conveyor belt system, for example, where all the powering motors must run at the same speed for successful operation,” Walsha added.
“As the sole UK supplier of FAULHABER, EMS supplies a range of complementary DC micromotors, linear DC servomotors and brushless DC motors that can be paired with the new controllers to achieve a high precision drive system.
The new MC3001 motion controllers build on our already well rounded supply of FAULHABER products, allowing us to continue to provide high performance drive systems that are ideally suited to our customers’ applications.”
16 Aug 21. AERALIS, the transformational British military jet developer, will be showcasing its innovative modular jet design at DSEI (Defence and Security International) 2021. DSEI is taking place from Tuesday 14th September – Friday 17th September at the ExCel exhibition centre in London, and AERALIS will be exhibiting at its Stand H7-440 in the Aerospace Zone.
Rapidly developing and employing a generational leap in design toolsets, the AERALIS team will be demonstrating the model-based systems engineering approach that is enabling the team to effectively assess the aircraft performance now, in a digital test and evaluation environment, yielding significant risk reduction and programme benefits. The AERALIS Smart Integrated Digital Enterprise will also enable fast iteration and certification of the modular aircraft design to fulfil new roles with new configurations, while unifying design and operational data to support customers in optimising their operations.
Situated in the Aerospace Zone opposite the RAF Tempest stand in Hall 7, the AERALIS stand will feature a scale model of the AERALIS jet that demonstrates the flexibility of the modular design, with the senior leadership team on-hand to discuss the ways the AERALIS “One System. Many Missions” approach supports the ambitions of customers such as the RAF’s to rationalise their future fleets. AERALIS’ first aircraft will support advanced training solutions for customers with further versions providing operational capability.
As with a large portion of industry, AERALIS’ appearance at DSEI will be their first in-person event in over a year, and it follows a year of exciting developments for the UK-based modular aircraft developer. Most recently, AERALIS successfully completed a Teaming Agreement with Thales in the UK to prepare development of innovative training system processes, devices and systems through which to develop and operate the AERALIS platforms. These activities came in the wake of the signing of a three-year contract with the Royal Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) for research and development into AERALIS’ modular approach to the design and development of its future aircraft.
Tristan Crawford, AERALIS CEO, said, “We are very excited to be returning to DSEI and to exhibit our next-generation approach to aircraft design and development at our stand in the Aerospace Zone. AERALIS represents a step forward in the digitally-driven development and certification of flexible, open-architecture aircraft systems and we look forward to showcasing our cutting-edge modular approach to jet development face-to-face with industry and stakeholders at DSEI.”
13 Aug 21. Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials brings more sustainable high-performing materials to the defense sector at the DSEI show. Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM), a leading global manufacturer of high-performance materials, will be present at the DSEI show in London, the world’s largest gathering of the defense and security community. With its extensive range of specialist polymer solutions, thermoplastics and composites, MCAM is already active in defense and security, providing the market with the most advanced materials for mission critical solutions.
Inspired by our KAITEKI* philosophy, MCAM’s solutions offer a distinctive future-proof characteristic of being designed for sustainability, an increasing priority for defense and security contracts, without sacrificing performance. The company’s materials offer high performance, often superseding traditional materials such as steel for weight, stiffness and resistance to the various challenging environments (radiation, heat, corrosion, chemicals) encountered in the defense sector.
“The theme for this year’s event is ‘Powering progress defining your future’, which is a great match for our mission to help innovators overcome the challenges of finding the right materials and processes for design and functionality, helping to get ingenious ideas to market more quickly.” said Frank Johaenning, MCAM’s Strategic Growth Manager for the Defense and Aerospace industries. “As a front runner in the high performing advanced polymers industry and a strong advocate of sustainable materials and circular economy, the DSEI is a great opportunity to connect with government officials, industry thought leaders and the defense and security supply chain to promote sustainability.”
MCAM and the company’s defense industry specialists will be located on stand number H2-826B at the EXCEL London during the DSEI show from 14th – 17th September 2021.
06 Sep 21. Atos and IBM to Collaborate to Build a Secured Infrastructure for the Dutch Ministry of Defense. New Infrastructure to become the Digital Backbone for the Dutch Ministry as Armed Forces Transforms into an Information-Driven Organization. Atos and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced their plans to collaborate to build a new, highly-advanced digital infrastructure for the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The Dutch Ministry of Defense plans to use advanced technologies, infrastructure services, and expertise from Atos and IBM Global Technology Services to construct new data centers, safeguard its IT system, and build a proprietary broadband mobile network to help ensure classified government information remains protected.
“Our work on Groundbreaking IT (GrIT) marks our continued commitment to building secure infrastructures that help global customers accelerate their digital transformations,” said Peter `t Jong, Head of Atos in The Netherlands. “By collaborating with IBM, a world-class partner with deep experience in helping government organizations across the globe modernize with advanced technology, we will help enable the Ministry to build an agile organization based on a reliable, secured, future-ready and flexible digital infrastructure.”
Atos and IBM announced the expansion of their strategic global alliance in January 2021 with the goal of transforming digital acceleration, increased productivity, and reduced operating costs for their customers. Today’s announcement reinforces the companies’ collaboration and mutual commitment to helping customers use open hybrid cloud and AI to accelerate digital transformation.
“Collaborating on GrIT with Atos, one of our sustainability-focused global ecosystem partners, reinforces our mission to build secure infrastructures using open hybrid cloud to help customers make their organizations future ready,” said Evaristus Mainsah, GM, IBM Hybrid Cloud and Edge Ecosystem. “Together, we’re helping customers, like the Dutch Ministry of Defense, accelerate their digital transformations by streamlining operations and increasing productivity in a most secured environment.”
Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with 105,000 employees and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. European number one in cybersecurity, cloud and high performance computing, the Group provides tailored end-to-end solutions for all industries in 71 countries. A pioneer in decarbonization services and products, Atos is committed to a secure and decarbonized digital for its clients. Atos operates under the brands Atos and Atos|Syntel. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.
The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education and research in a multicultural approach and contribute to the development of scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the Group enables its customers and employees, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably, in a safe and secure information space. www.atos.net
IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com
30 Jul 21. Analox Group have been awarded a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) for the manufacture and in service support of submarine atmosphere monitoring systems.
This contract further cements the long standing relationship between Analox and the UK MOD making the MOD their biggest customer. This contract has been 10 years in the making and marks a monumental milestone for Analox, at £13.9M, this is the biggest contract award in their 40 year history.
The FAMS (Fixed Atmosphere Monitoring System) will use pioneering technology to solve the gas sensing challenges onboard a submarine, to ensure the safety of those protecting our shores. This world class system will use state of the art sensors, offering real time analysis to the crew, enabling them to react quickly to take action to make the atmosphere safe. Under the contract Analox will be delivering one of the most sophisticated submarine atmosphere monitors in the world, the AA (Or Atmosphere Analyser).
Vicky Pigg – Managing Director of Analox’s Military business said: “We are delighted to have secured such a prestigious contract with the MOD and the whole Analox team is excited to deliver a system which will safeguard the lives of our submariners. It will require some changes within Analox, but with change comes the opportunity for growth and development and every single person at Analox is up for the challenge!”.
In 2019, the MOD launched the Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022, and laid out the Government’s priorities for increasing defence spending with small and medium-sized businesses. Vicky continued “The FAMS contract is the perfect example of the MOD delivering on its commitment to the government and SME’s alike, this action plan opens doors for companies like Analox and we are proud to be flying the flag for the SME community”.
The world is at a critical pivot point as we all start our journey to recover and rebuild from the impact of the pandemic. For Analox, this is the first step towards that, this contract will change the shape of Analox, it has immediately created 7 new roles and it will create an additional 4 within the next 2 years. It has also offered job security to the Analox team, sustaining 5 roles within the business. The new roles will be UK based, with our UK HQ in Stokesley being the primary base, further boosting the local economy.
Rear Admiral Paul Halton, Director Submarine Support in the Submarine Delivery Agency, said: “We within the SDA look forward to working with Analox, utilising this cutting-edge technology to drive continuous improvement in asset availability. This supports the SDA’s long-term strategy of improving the effectiveness, life and health of our submariners”. “The SDA is exceptionally pleased that this contract award has provided job security for Analox and has allowed a key supplier the opportunity to increase UK technology advances and subject matter expertise, something we wish to drive into all contracts we award. We look forward to the next five years.”
Work on delivering the contract has already started and will continue over the next 5 years, with the potential opportunity to offer in service support into the future. Analox are more than a supplier, they are a partner, and pride themselves on their comprehensive training and through life support. Vicky said “We have stood shoulder to shoulder with the military and submarine communities for over 30 years and we will continue to do so, offering safety advice and support and developing industry leading products, ensuring our people, keep your people, safe.”
22 Aug 21. Release of CompassOne. DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the release of its latest product, CompassOne, the next generation self-contained navigation solution for fixed site, vehicle and marine applications.
The device provides real-time military-grade location, orientation and direction sensing for deployed static and on-the-go assets. CompassOne is compatible with various global navigation satellite systems, ensuring uninterrupted operation. The device can be used both in C-UAS, and general situations requiring satellite navigation.
With a strong focus on durability and ruggedness, CompassOne is suitable for installation and operation in harsh environments. Military-grade connectors and high-end stainless-steel hardware ensure uninterrupted connection and protection from the elements, while the aluminium underside provides exceptional impact resistance and rigidity while keeping overall weight low.
CompassOne can operate stand alone or integrate seamlessly with DroneShield’s DroneSentry system. Power over Ethernet reduces cable clutter and VESA compatibility makes CompassOne easy to integrate into new or existing systems. Installation is clear and fast with status LEDs, installation graphics and tool-less fasteners.
Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO, commented, “CompassOne, with its ruggedness and incorporation of advanced technologies, integrates seamlessly within DroneShield’s product ecosystem, and equally with third party systems as a stand-alone product. Its accurate navigation is substantially superior to other systems on the market globally.”
The product is expected to be of interest to both counterdrone and other customers requiring a rugged navigation solution.
11 May 21. Allsalt Maritime introduces new shock monitoring systems for safer operations at sea. Allsalt Maritime announce the launch of four new Kinetix models, each designed to provide easily assimilated guidance for maritime professionals to operate safely within designated shock and vibration exposure limits, reducing the risk of damage to vessels or injury to occupants.
High speed watercraft and their crews experience severe shock and vibration levels when operating at sea. Vessel hulls, on-board equipment, and, most importantly, human occupants are subject to damage from overexposure to wave impacts caused by abrupt accelerations from unpredictable rough water. Kinetix, a vessel shock monitoring system by Allsalt Maritime, allows maritime agencies to monitor short- and long-term accelerations, investigate high-impact incidents, and predict vessel maintenance intervals.
Workplace regulations for limiting whole-body vibration (WBV) exposures continue to gain international attention, most notably the EU directive 2002/44/EC which requires employers to assess and mitigate mechanical vibration, such as that found on high-speed craft. Kinetix offers maritime agencies a solution for detecting overexposure in real time, as well as the ability to record acceleration data at a high sample rate for use in validating policy compliance or in legal proceedings or accident investigations.
“The Kinetix product line was developed to reduce the risk that an agency’s assets — either human or equipment — suffer damage or injury when operating at high speeds,” says Dr. Tom Gunston, Chief Scientist for Kinetix.
“We’ve been working hand-in-hand with some of the world’s most respected search, rescue, and patrol organizations to refine the product offering over the past several months. With Kinetix we can now meet client’s needs at every level of maritime operations – from on-board operators to fleet supervisors to health and safety management.”
The Kinetix product line now includes four models, each featuring a marinized sensor network and proprietary analytics software. Agencies requiring more advanced analysis, or the investigation of an incident can take advantage of concierge-level reporting from Allsalt Maritime shock and vibration scientists.
The Kinetix product line:
- Suited for individual operators concerned with monitoring vessel impacts.
- Provides real-time, on-board feedback through a dash display.
- Suited for naval architects and consultants concerned with hull performance and wave impact analysis.
- Stores data in a compact, marinized logger for post-mission analysis.
- Suited for agencies concerned with monitoring hull impacts
- Provides real-time speed guidance and post-mission analysis for one vessel or an entire fleet.
- Suited for agencies concerned with monitoring shock mitigating seat performance and assessing levels of exposure to mechanical whole-body vibration (WBV).
- Provides real-time speed guidance, crewmember overexposure alerts, and post-mission impact analysis.
21 Jul 21. Meggitt Defense Systems 270 Volt Fans & Pumps for Next Generation Platforms. Meggitt Defense Systems Axial Flow, Mixed Flow and Centrifugal fans are proven components in service, on manned and unmanned, aerospace, military, and commercial platforms. Our fans range in performance from 90 to 19,500 CFM with a pressure rise up to 37.0 in H2O. Input power can vary from AC, DC, Hydraulic or shaft drive with operating speeds up to 23,000 rpm. Our fans can be configured to operate on AC or DC power ranging from 115/200 VAC 400 Hz, AC Wild Frequency or 28 to 270 volts DC. Our specialized 270 VDC fans are optimized to fit the next generation suite of platforms and we are currently designing a 270 volt next generation pump. Our electrically driven fans are designed with a custom integral AC or DC motor in accordance with MIL-STD-704. They also can be coupled with an integrated custom Meggitt analog or digital motor drive within the fan housing which will accommodate electrical input power variations as well as variable speed, BIT and health monitoring capabilities. Over 25,000 Meggitt fans and pumps are currently in service around the world. Meggitt Defense Systems expertise in fans and pumps provides customers with greater availability, highly reliable products and at a lower operational cost.
29 Jul 21. Galleon Embedded Computing will be exhibiting at DSEI 2021 to showcase our latest small form factor rugged solution, the XSR Tactical Secure Server, and to support your current and future computing needs. For the uninitiated, Galleon is a world-leader in high performance storage solutions and small rugged data recorder systems, servers, and network-attached storage devices. Our computing solutions can be found in a wide array of applications across the globe, supporting missions from the depths of our oceans to the harsh vacuum of space, and everywhere in-between. The XSR Tactical Secure Server (XSR TSS) is our high-performance, multi-platform solution, designed for rugged operations across land, sea, and air. As a robust, all-purpose secure server, XSR TSS is capable of withstanding extreme environmental conditions without compromising on performance, functionality or reliability – making it a force multiplier out in the field. Additionally, visitors to Stand #H7-500 will be able to learn more about our new AURORA Family of Computing products, including our Ground Vehicle Computer – a compact, rugged, and high-performance computing platform designed for deployed vehicles in harsh environments.
05 Aug 21. VITEC to showcase MGW Pico+ TOUGH video encoder at DSEI 2021. VITEC, a proven key player within the Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Situational Awareness arena, will showcase its range of Full Motion Video (FMV) technologies at DSEI 2021 (stand H6-162), 14-17 September 2021. Designed to stand up to the rigours and mission critical nature of military and government operations, VITEC’s product line at the show includes the new military-grade MGW Pico+ TOUGH, a robust and compact credit card sized encoder, providing H.264 HD/SD as well as the latest H.265/HEVC compression for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) applications. MGW Pico+ TOUGH will be making its European debut at DSEI 2021, alongside other products from the VITEC portfolio, including MGW Diamond TOUGH and FITIS.
“For ISR missions, drones or unmanned aircraft are widely used to provide live tactical video to command centres. In such applications where network bandwidth constraints are commonplace, ensuring best video quality at low bitrate is key, as well as providing optimized Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) equipment,” says Richard Bernard, Senior Product Manager, VITEC. “With MGW Pico+ TOUGH, our second-generation pocket size encoder, VITEC delivers a SWaP optimized, ruggedized portable appliance featuring low bitrate HEVC encoding perfectly suited to military applications. We are excited to showcase our leading products to customers in person once again in a safe and secure environment at DSEI 2021.”
Additionally, on show will be VITEC’s MGW Diamond TOUGH, a fanless, power-efficient quad channel HEVC and H.264 HD/SD encoder in a rugged enclosure suited to delivering any type of ISR or Situational Awareness (SA) video generated by ground vehicles, airborne platforms and marine vessels in extreme environments. The easy-to-integrate encoder provides exceptional contrast and brightness in any conditions thanks to its HDR support (High Dynamic Range) and delivers advanced HEVC compression allowing users to stream HD/SD video (up to 1080p60) with up to 50% bandwidth savings compared to current H.264 standards.
DSEI visitors will also be able to see VITEC’s encoder and decoder pairs, capable of streaming from any video source (HD / SD, Analog / Digital) including KLV Metadata (STANAG4609). Users can carry out real-time image cropping and video scaling, Forward Error Correction (FEC) streaming and JITC compliant output streams. A further addition to the VITEC stand at DSEI will be FITIS, a rapidly-deployed, end-to-end FMV solution for processing, archiving, indexing, managing and disseminating tactical ISR video and metadata content. It enables government and military entities to quickly process and exploit live and recorded video assets to create actionable, real-time intelligence.
“VITEC is a key player within the ISR and Situation Awareness space,” adds Mark Rushton, Business Development Director, VITEC. “In our domain, one of the challenges is to deliver video streams from the field. Bandwidth constraint is key in the scenario, where Sat link is very important due to geographic constraints. The more data you send, the more you expose yourself to packet loss, data corruption, and dramatically increased operating costs. Our solutions allow users to compress the video signal at a very high level without degrading the video quality for the operators.”
Oxley specialises in the design and manufacture of advanced electronic and electro-optic components and systems for air, land and sea applications within the military sector. Established in 1942, Oxley has manufacturing facilities in the UK and USA and enjoys representation worldwide. The company’s products include night vision and LED lighting, data capture systems and electronic components. Oxley has pioneered the development of night vision compatible lighting. It offers a total package incorporating optical filters, equipment modification, cockpit and external lighting along with fleet wide upgrade services including engineering, installation, support, maintenance and training. The company’s long experience of manufacturing night vision lighting and LED indicators, coupled with advances in LED technology, has enabled it to develop LED solutions to replace incandescent and fluorescent lighting in existing applications as well as becoming the lighting option of choice in new applications such as portable military hospitals, UAV control stations and communication shelters.