(Signal Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Beyond-Line-of-Sight Mobile Comms
A new L-band service from Inmarsat will deliver robust, low-cost beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) mobile communications to a broad range of new government users. The service, called L-TAC, will deliver ultrahigh frequency (UHF)like tactical satellite capability for use with existing military radios by approved government customers.
UHF tactical satellite capability is in high demand because of its suitability for BLOS push-to-talk networks using tactical radios-either portable or installed in vehicles, helicopters, ships or other mobile platforms. L-TAC provides additional capability over the Inmarsat-4 satellites when UHF capacity is unavailable.
The global constellation offers the additional benefit of supporting small antennas for BLOS communications on the move. To access the leased service, users require only a small adaptor for their existing tactical radio, which replaces their existing UHF antenna. L-TAC will enable militaries to exercise greater command and control through existing tactical radios at a realistic cost, with leases available for periods as short as one month at a time, company officials say.
For more information, visit http://short.afcea.org/LTAC
The newly introduced PINS3-CF Portable Chemical Munitions Identification System was developed to detect and identify chemicals inside thick steel containers or elsewhere safely and to determine whether or not those chemicals pose a hazard quickly.
The PINS3-CF system provides nondestructive analysis using a small neutron source to penetrate a container. At the heart of the system is a high-purity germanium spectrometer that measures for and identifies potentially hazardous chemicals using a special algorithm and software developed in partnership with Idaho National Labs.
The system is completely portable for missions that require an easy-to-use solution with high reliability and accuracy, without the required logistics and safety risk of managing and transporting liquid nitrogen coolants, company officials say. The entire system fits into a single hardened, wheeled transport case for easy handling and shipping. It can be operated by a single user and is environmentally designed for low- or high-temperature operations. It also can be operated remotely to allow users to position themselves and others at a safe distance from a potential threat.
For more information, visit www.ortec-online.com
Recently introduced technology detects and geolocates up to six sources of Global Positioning System (GPS) interference simultaneously in three dimensions, preventing disruption of critical services. Implemented at airports and seaports, Signal Sentry 1000 can detect and geolocate intentional and unintentional sources of GPS interference, enabling authorities to respond and keep port navigation operational.
The system offers protection against interference of GPS tracking of high-value assets and quick identification of jamming sources in open forums and emergencies-preventing disruption of critical communications. Geolocation information is shared with local law enforcement to mitigate threats, and all sensor data is sent to a secure central processing facility for further threat analysis.
Actionable intelligence is available in the form of pin mapping of interference sources in addition to longitude/ latitude/altitude data, all available through a Web-enabled graphical user interface.
For more information, visit www.exelisinc.com
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Multitool Phone Case
TaskLab has invented a protective case for the iPhone 4, 4s and 5 smartphones that includes a built-in 16-bladed toolkit. The case, TaskOne, houses a 2.5-inch serrated knife, saw blade, screwdrivers, pliers, wire strippers, bottle opener, Allen wrenches, spoke wrenches and other devices and tools normally found in a tool box.
Inventor Addison Shelton says that he always needs a multitool, but never carries one because of the size, bulk and weight. And since necessity is the mother of invention, he came up the lightweight case geared toward a wide range of do-it-yourself types. The case shell is manufactured from a combination of aircraftgrade aluminum and polycarbonate that makes for a very strong and robust design. And at 89 grams for the iPhone 4 version, TaskOne is relatively light.
The first cases are scheduled for shipment in April of next year. TaskOne is seeking funding through the crowd funding website Indiegogo.
For more information, visit http://short.afcea.org/ ProductQuest
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