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23 Mar 16. F-35 flight tests show radar software problems -Pentagon. Radar software being tested for the F-35 stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin Corp is not stable enough, Pentagon officials said in a written statement at a U.S. House Armed Services Committee hearing on Wednesday.
The issue caused sensors to restart once every four hours of flying due to the timing of software messages from the sensors to the main F-35 fusion computer and the aim was to improve this to one in every eight to 10 flying hours, the statement said.
Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester, said the program would not be ready for operational testing until mid-2018, a year later than expected, due to delays in completion of the jet’s software and other issues. He said more than 300 planes would have been produced by the end of fiscal 2017, when that testing is now due to start.
The software during flight test was not as stable as it needed to be, according to the statement by Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy, and Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan, in charge of the F-35 program.
“We will be flight testing these fixes in the March-April timeframe,” the statement said, adding that in testing the F-35C variant, cracking in part of the wing was found after a certain number of flying hours and efforts were being made to fix this. (Source: Reuters)
23 Mar 16. Rise in Terrorist Activities to Impact the Global Video Surveillance Market, Says Technavio. Technavio analysts expect the global video surveillance market for 2016-2020 to reach USD 64bn by 2020 growing at a CAGR of almost 23%, according to their latest report. According to Amrita Choudhury, lead analyst at Technavio for IT Security research, “Rising instances of criminal activities in government organizations and enterprises are driving the video surveillance systems market worldwide. Advances in technology in the market are prompting organizations to invest in video monitoring solutions to keep a check on people and their behavior. The use of video surveillance is increasing in the retail sector because of a rise in the number of pilfering cases, which leads to inventory shrinkage.”
Technavio’s lead ICT research analysts have identified the following four factors that will drive the global video surveillance market:
• Shift from analog to IP cameras
• Increased demand for wireless network infrastructure
• Rise in terrorist activities
• Adoption of cloud-based services
Shift from analog to IP cameras
A number of enterprises are adopting IP cameras, owing to their many benefits. The total cost of operation of IP cameras is much lower than analog cameras, and includes their installation, maintenance, and labor costs. These cameras are flexible, scalable, and can be easily installed. As a result, they can be adapted to the changing needs of a customer. IP cameras can easily be integrated with the existing security devices. Further, the images produced by these cameras are of high quality.
IP cameras have built-in servers or encoders that help in image encryption and provide multi-level user access control, which prevents third-party manipulation. The adoption of IP cameras first began in cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is gaining further popularity in the rest of the Gulf countries. The use of IP cameras has grown largely in facilities such as stadiums, city surveillance projects, and hotels as they are relatively cost-effective and cover a large area.
Increased demand for wireless network infrastructure
Video surveillance includes the use of networks for connecting various devices such as cameras, video recorders, storage devices, and phones. Despite the advantages offered by video surveillance solutions, such as scalability and flexibility, they incur high network deployment cost