Automated UAV Traffic Control
PrecisionHawk Incorporated, Raleigh, North Carolina, recently unveiled the Low Altitude Tracking and
Avoidance System (LATAS) for the safe integration of
drones into the national airspace. Developed to be plug
and play or integrated into an unmanned aerial vehicle’s
(UAV’s) circuit during manufacturing, LATAS is small
( 3”x2”x1”), light (100 grams) and operational on network speeds as low as second generation, or 2G. LATAS
provides flight planning, tracking and avoidance for
every drone in the sky using real-time flight data transmission based on worldwide cellular networks.
Currently proposed solutions include local radar
stations that will need to be placed all over the United
States, according to PrecisionHawk officials. LATAS
allows users to request, track and verify all flight
operations from a centralized location and automatically report flight paths back to the Federal Aviation
LATAS is currently a patent-pending working prototype using the code standards required for air traffic
control. It also is platform agnostic and capable of
handling the thousands of drones flying in the U.S.
airspace, according to PrecisionHawk documentation.
For more information, visit http://flylatas.com.
Virtual Navy Tactical Data System
GET Engineering Corporation, San Diego, recently
launched the Virtual Navy Tactical Data System (V-NTDS),
which company officials describe as a revolutionary new communications method for use in place of the Navy’s current,
aging NTDS. The V-NTDS is marketed as the first and only
method designed to reduce development and deployment
costs by eliminating the need for expensive and dedicated
NTDS adapters and bulky, costly communication cables.
The primary advantages of using V-NTDS include little
to no modification of an existing NTDS application and
no need for specialized converters. In addition, it offers the
capability for continued use of certified applications with
little or no modification.
V-NTDS provides the ability to perform transactions
between different NTDS types, opening new realms for
NTDS application development.
For more information, visit www.v-ntds.com.
Insider Threat Mitigation Tool
Metalogix, Washington, D.C., recently released the Replicator Cross Domain Edition for the secure, automated
transfer of live SharePoint content between government
agency networks at high and low security levels. Developed
with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the system is
billed as the only data guard integrated tool capable of automatic, bidirectional transfer of live content between SharePoint farms on separate networks at different security levels.
For example, the tool synchronizes content between the
secret Internet protocol router network and the nonsecure
Internet protocol router network domains. Replicator Cross
Domain Edition works with the data guard to eliminate the
need for using removable media to transfer SharePoint content between networks at government agencies.
The system replaces outdated removable media while giving users access to up-to-date and in-sync content. Users
can control the replicated content to fit security, compliance
and permissions management policies. The tool works with
all existing data guards and facilitates replication between
all versions of SharePoint, from 2007 to 2013, ensuring that
critical content is always available.
For more information, visit
Next-Gen RF Switching
Command, control, communications, computers, intel-
ligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) facilities
currently use a base of older, large-configuration legacy
radio frequency (RF) matrix switching systems that require
miles of coaxial cable and thousands of watts of power to
operate, according to officials at Quintech Electronics and
Communications, Indiana, Pennsylvania. The company
recently introduced the XTREME 256, a next-generation
L-band matrix switching device touted as offering opportu-
nities for network operation centers, command and control
centers, Earth stations, monitoring facilities and related
C4ISR agencies to expand capabilities while dramatically
reducing technical space and power consumption.
The product allows any input to be routed to any and all
outputs and can cut power consumption by up to 89 per-
cent, company officials say. It also is scalable, allowing users
to save rack space while reducing cable length and the num-
ber of cables and connections by up to 97 percent.
The unit can be controlled either locally via the integrated
touch screen monitor or remotely, with a personal computer
using the Web browser graphical user interface or over
transmission control protocol/Internet protocol. Addition-
ally, cross point reconfiguration and fast signal switching
are facilitated with separate microprocessors for the inter-
face and internal switch configuration control.
For more information, visit www.quintechelectronics.com.
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