Envitia, a United Kingdom company,
released Discovery 5, a geospatial data
discovery and processing platform. Version 5 improves the platform’s ability
to manage, catalog and transform geospatial data into forms deliverable in
deployed systems using a browser-based
Discovery 5 is touted as delivering
a highly scalable geospatial data warehouse, web services and portal, which
can consume large amounts of new and
legacy data. A data-harvesting mechanism captures and optionally generates
metadata profiles, enabling faster and
more precise searches. Once cataloged,
the data can be viewed and combined
using significantly enhanced search
capabilities to prepare for delivery in a
wide range of forms, including spatial
databases; transactional web services;
web map service publication; and stan-dards-compliant catalog interfaces.
Discovery is used in a number of
defense systems aimed at deploying
petabytes of data and supporting thousands of concurrent users. The product
also can be employed in a workgroup
environment supporting smaller tactical systems to manage data locally,
saving time and money on reloading
data or efficiently locating that critical
data for the next mission, according to
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Emergency Call Routing
A new tower-mounted version of the Serenity hostile fire-detection system has passed a
live-fire test in Yuma, Arizona.
Logos Technologies, Fairfax, Virginia, is sending new mounting
kits to Army units and applying
for export marketing licenses.
Designed to detect sources of
enemy fire, Serenity is typically
mounted on a high-flying tethered blimp, or aerostat, to provide
a city-size coverage area. The company has compensated for the difference in range with the lower-altitude mast.
Serenity combines two electro-optical pods with an acoustic sensor. Its optical sensor picks up the
flash of enemy mortar or rocket
fire and then calculates its point of
origin and range from the sensor.
The system’s acoustic sensor will
then validate that enemy fire has
been detected by measuring the
lag time between flash and bang.
Working together, the two sensors
reduce false alarms.
Serenity is light enough to go
on unmanned aerial vehicles. It
can transmit its fused optical and
acoustic data to available full-motion video cameras or wide-area motion imagery sensors.
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Company officials say 911 technology has not kept pace with the rapid
advances in telecommunications,
namely the proliferation of mobile
devices. Today, 3 out of 4 calls to 911
are placed using mobile phones, but
the entire 911 system was designed for
The LaaSer system runs in the cloud
and on any mobile device, so hardware
and software modifications are not
needed. Nearly every mobile phone
has tools LaaSer can automatically pull
from, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth,
near-field communication, radio
frequency identification and a compass. Such tools give operators instant
and accurate location data, resulting
in faster emergency response times,
which the Federal Communications
Commission has estimated could save
more than 10,000 lives each year.
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Solaborate, Los Angeles, has initiated
a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund
HELLO, which connects to any TV to
provide an all-in-one, voice-controlled
smart home or office device for video-conferencing, wireless screen sharing,
live broadcasting, security surveillance
with motion detection and more.
HELLO works as an extension of
the Solaborate platform. It is built for
modern businesses, professionals, freelancers and creators, company officials say. It cuts the cost of networked
conferencing hardware and information technology services to install and
It includes four smart microphones,
a 4K video sensor and quad-core processor. HELLO also features a built-in
accelerometer, tilting lens and high-quality image capturing.
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