The recently introduced Harris Air-
borne Multi-channel Radio (HAMR) is a
two-channel wideband system available
to deliver voice, high-speed Internet Pro-
tocol-networked data and full-motion
video to warfighters at the tactical edge.
It takes advantage of tactical very high
frequency and ultrahigh frequency net-
works to provide critical air-to-air and
HAMR enables interoperable com-
munications between multiple wave-
forms and radios by repackaging two
of the Falcon III AN/PRC-152A radios,
which are widely deployed software-
defined radios. The airborne form fac-
tor offers the same size, weight and
power as a traditional single channel
airborne radio, say industry sources.
The system ensures secure, encrypted
and compliant communications. HAMR
provides similar capabilities to some
planned Joint Tactical Radio System
devices but is available for delivery now.
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Improved Kestrel UAV
General Dynamics Mediaware and Sentient Vision Systems Pty Ltd. are
combining Sentient’s Kestrel land and maritime target-detection software with
General Dynamics Mediaware’s D-VEX next-generation tactical video-exploi-
tation system. This plug-in feature provides surveillance system operators and
analysts with improved real-time situational awareness and strengthens post-
mission forensic analysis and intelligence reporting, industry officials say.
D-VEX is a video-exploitation system that captures and manages full-
motion video, providing operators with intuitive tools for enhancing, stream-
lining and analyzing real-time and recorded video. When coupled with
Sentient’s Kestrel real-time automatic detection software, which allows users
to identify small, hard-to-find moving targets in electro-optical and infrared
aerial live video streams, mission operators and analysts can transform raw
video data into actionable intelligence.
The combined systems simplify the post-mission forensic analysis of video
and enables customers to extract critical data from the large volumes of full-
motion video captured from sensors deployed in the field.
For more information, visit www.gd-ais.com and www.sentientvision.com.
The codeREADr app and Web ser-
vice empowers security teams to cap-
ture, track, monitor and report data with
low-cost, feature-rich smartphones and
tablets. While codeREADr is used at
fixed locations, such as the entrances
of buildings, parking garages and any
secure area, it provides the ability to
take security anywhere on the premises,
which helps enable what the manufac-
turer dubs “intelligent mobility.”
Security teams can use their own
devices, or provisioned devices, to gener-
ate actionable data for real-time moni-
toring along with detailed, time- and
location-stamped reports for manage-
ment’s review, significantly improving
facility and campus security.
The system can be used for a variety
of functions, including equipment and
maintenance inspections, vehicle mon-
itoring in parking lots, access control
and visitor management, patrol coverage
monitoring and mapping, and perimeter
control and facility lock-down.
For more information, visit http://blog.
Nanyang Nano Sensor
Researchers at the Nanyang Tech-
nological University have developed
a revolutionary camera sensor made
of graphene that is 1,000 times more
sensitive to light and uses 10 times less
energy than many of today’s sensors.
Cameras fitted with a new sensor will
be able to take clear, sharp photos in
The sensor is believed to be the first
capable of detecting broad spectrum
light, from the visible to mid-infrared,
with high photoresponse or sensitivity. It
is usable in all types of cameras, includ-
ing infrared cameras, traffic speed cam-
eras, satellite imaging and more. Fur-
thermore, when mass produced, it may
be less expensive than current sensors.
Graphene is a million times small-
er than the thickest human hair and is
made of pure carbon atoms arranged
in a honeycomb structure. It is known
to have a high electrical conductivity,
among other properties such as durabil-
ity and flexibility. The sensor is designed
to trap light-generated electron particles
for a much longer time, resulting in a
significantly stronger electric signal.
Such electric signals can then be pro-
cessed into an image, such as a pho-
tograph captured by a digital camera.
The next step is to work with industry
collaborators to develop the graphene
sensor into a commercial product.
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