Category Archives: Comms

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The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors Welcomes INVISIO Communications Inc. to their Associate Membership

NAPED announced today that INVISIO Communications Inc. has joined their growing ranks of vendors. INVISIO offers cutting-edge personal communication and hearing protection systems. The systems enable users to operate and communicate safely and clearly in all environments, even under extreme … Continue reading

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Barrett Communications Launches New Website

  Perth, Western Australia, 15 May 2017 – Barrett Communications are inviting visitors to explore its new website. The new website has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed … Continue reading

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SILYNX CLARUS PRO HEADSET

I wear the 3M Peltor TEP 100 digital ear plug, they work extremely well and don’t get in the way of establishing a consistent cheek weld. Where they fall short is in their inability to interface with a mobile phone … Continue reading

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Barrett 4050 HF SDR (Software-Defined Radio).

Barrett Communications, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, has announced the upcoming release of its new 4050 HF SDR transceiver. At first glance, this is quite the HF transceiver, featuring 2G/3G linking and a host of other features normally not associated … Continue reading

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BERETTA CONTINUES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE POWERED RAIL CONCEPT

Developers at Beretta are moving forward with the powered rail concept bringing the company closer to the fully integrated weapon, an ambitious idea the DoD advanced several years ago. I had the opportunity to meet with a representative engineer from … Continue reading

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MILIPOL 2015 THALES 6W4U CONNECTED SMARTWATCH

Thales has worked with field staff to develop an innovative smartwatch concept. Connected via a secure link to the command center, the 6-Watch For You (6W4U) alerts officers to danger simply by vibrating when an important notification comes in. With … Continue reading

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MILIPOL 2015 NOVITAC FEELTACT

There are times when conventional communications are either ineffective or detract from the element of surprise. Novitac has designed  a communications wristband that the company markets as FEELTACT  which uses a Bluetooth link to your smartphone to receive or send … Continue reading

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DSEI 2015 Selex ES Announces The Compact HH-E Software Defined Radio

At DSEi 2015, Finmeccanica – Selex ES introduced its new SWave™-family Software Defined Radio (SDR), named the Hand Held Evolution (HH-E). Designed to bring commercial smartphone size and weight characteristics to military-qualified battlefield radio equipment, the SWave™ HH-E weighs less … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2015 Persistent Systems LLC

If I had to identify generational gains in technologies exhibited at SOFIC 2015, in Tampa, it would be Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay. Undoubtedly, the term is new to readers so I’ll devote a bit of space to provide you with … Continue reading

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3M PELTOR COMTAC XPi

3M, introduced a number of safety products at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Most notable is the new Peltor ComTac XPi headset, specifically geared towards the military customer. This new headset can be worn under the helmet or configured to … Continue reading

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CELL TOWER SIMULATORS

  What motivated this article is the irrational phobias floating around, sparked by the media, and a byproduct of the NSA / Edward Snowden extravaganza. All of the sudden we have people running around slashing their wrists, developing constipation, high … Continue reading

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HARRIS TO ACQUIRE EXELIS FOR $4.75B

Over a year ago, I alerted our readers to the upcoming consolidation in sectors of the Defense Industry, resulting from Sequester. A prognosis that is unfolding even as I write this. Harris communications has just wrapped up a deal to … Continue reading

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GoTenna A VHF Front End For Your Smart Device

I found out about this device from a crowd funding source so I checked it out for my readers. The concept is not intuitive although no special skills are required to use it. In fact, the only things required are … Continue reading

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Mutualink Achieves Milestone Communications Advances during Department of Defense Exercise

  At this year’s SOFIC Conference, in Tampa, Fl, I had the opportunity to receive a comprehensive overview of Mutualink’s interoperability technology. It was exceptional from both it’s interoperability as well as its dynamic reconfiguration and security. I think the … Continue reading

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Silynex Introduces Clarus and Maximus Tactical Comms and Hearing Protection System.

  Silynx Communications will announce the launch of two new in-ear tactical headset systems – the Silynx Clarus™ and the Silynx Maximus™. The announcement of these advanced systems will be made next week, 21-23 October, at AUSA 2013 in Washington, … Continue reading

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iPhone Approved For Military Networks Connectivity.

  Last Friday, 17-May-2013, the DoD announced that DoD issued iPhones are approved for use on military networks. The approval comes from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for all DoD issued iPhones and iPads using the iOS6 operating system. … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons (EMP) Are Closer Than You Think.

Long a favorite of Hollywood screen writers and movie makers is the energy weapon. These devices, referred to in the trade as EMPs or Electromagnetic Pulse weapons, are much closer to production than you think. All of the major economies … Continue reading

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Ceradyne’s MOHAWK Combat Helmet

Ceradyne first debuted its revolutionary MOHAWK combat helmet at the 2011 AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C..  It was in prototype form at the time. At this year’s AUSA, attendees will see the production model. MOHAWK is the product of a collaborative effort between … Continue reading

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New iPhone Coming Your Way!

Apple is basking in success with the introduction of the iPhone and iPad. The unschooled accredit this “2nd coming ” of technology to Apple and Steve Jobs. The reality is that exporting network intelligence to end-user devices has been around for quite some time. … Continue reading

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SRW on Falcon III AN/PRC-117G

SRW or Soldier Radio Waveform is a byproduct of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) initiative.      SRW runs under software control on a software definable radio or SDR. SRW is a wide-band communications architecture providing concurrent voice and data communications along … Continue reading

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Abundance Of Jamming Equipment At Eurosatory

One thing is evident, and that is that jamming equipment is very much in vogue; with a variety of portable jammers now available to both the large Army and SOF. This is great because it helps to deny cellular and … Continue reading

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Harris Communications Will Be Supplying Falcon III Radios To USSOCOM.

As part of CERP, Capital Equipment Replacement Program, USSOCOM has awarded Harris Communications a $400 million IDIQ contract for delivery of its Falcon III family of radios. The FALCON III family provides USSOCOM with a networkable and integrated communications platform consisting … Continue reading

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USSOCOM Is Looking For New Radios.

The USSOCOM’s CAR (Capital Equipment Replacement) Program was implemented to finance a series of tactical and strategic acquisitions. Towards the top of that list is communications. As USSOCOM is increasingly tasked with spearheading the low intensity asymmetric effort, their reliance … Continue reading

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SOF Get New Wireless Appliance – RTHD-2 from VT Miltope

Just when you thought life couldn’t get better, technology steps in shattering the illusion. VT Miltope’s RTHD-2 is a ruggedized handheld computer that obviates a need for a smartphone. It is a, first of its kind, wireless appliance integrating a … Continue reading

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Thales Adds GeoMux To Its SDR Software Library

Readers will recall my series of articles, posted early in 2011, providing a high level overview of the technology supporting the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program. It was then that I introduced the concept of the software definable radio … Continue reading

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Is JTRS Dead? NO!

There’s a great deal of discussion about JTRS’ well-being, or better said life expectancy. I think we need to take a step back and look at JTRS as a requirement and not a specific product. The U.S. Army, and in … Continue reading

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BAE Systems Introduces A Wearable Antenna

The days of the whip antenna may soon be gone, and not too soon for me! In my days gone by as an 11B – this is the 11B that spent more time walking than riding – the biggest pain in the … Continue reading

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Harris Corporation Introduces the Falcon III® RF-7800N-CP Mobile Computing Platform

DSEi 2011 – Harris Corporation of Melbourne, Fl, introduced a powerful, rugged and compact mobile server. The Falcon III® RF-7800N-CP delivers the in-the-field computing platform to support mission-critical military and public safety communications and multimedia applications. The RF-7800N-CP  opens the door to … Continue reading

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Elbit Systems Launches a Family of Multimedia Routing Solutions for Tactical Radio Networks at DSEi 2011

There is a great deal of interest in advancing the netcentric battlefield; however, relatively little attention has been given to the infrastructure that supports multi-IP and multimedia applications. It seemed that planners lacked a clear understanding of bandwidth requirements and performance metrics, … Continue reading

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BlackBerry® PlayBook® Awarded FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 21, 2011) – Research In Motion (RIM)  (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today that it has received FIPS 140-2   certification for the new BlackBerry(R) PlayBook(TM) tablet, making the  BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S.  federal … Continue reading

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Cobham Announces Multi Sector Antenna

  For the Old Crows, Cobham, a UK Defense Technology firm, announced that it now offers a multi sector antenna. This is great news for a number of reasons but the most significant one is the looming death of the … Continue reading

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US Army’s AH-64D Apache Avionics Integration Program Gets JTRS

Lockheed Martin delivered the first secure joint tactical radio to US Army’s AH-64D Apache Avionics Integration Lab. The airborne, maritime / fixed station joint tactical Radio System, or AMF-JTRS as it is called, is a two channel radio running the Link … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2011 – Communicate

In my last SOFIC 2011 post, I touched on the “Understand” component of Adm. Olson’s vision for USSOCOM post Geronimo EKIA. It is at the heart of everything that USSOCOM does but more importantly it is key to meeting our military and … Continue reading

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Reader Question (JTRS) – Could You Explain What IPv6 is?

Devices that connect to the Internet or wide area networks require a unique address, very similar to your mailing address at home. Under the current IP or Internet Protocol standard, version 4 or IPv4, there are not sufficient addresses to … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up JTRS

Boeing’s GMR At the heart of the JTRS project is the concept of a software definable radio or SDR. The SDR is a hardware form much like your laptop; consisting of a processor or processors with its supporting circuitry – like memory, codecs, … Continue reading

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JTRS – Continued

In my opening article I wrote briefly about modulation to include FM (Frequency Modulation) and AM (Amplitude Modulation). I also discussed PCM (Pulse Code Modulation), which is in the digital domain. Virtually all  modern military communications equipment operate in the … Continue reading

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Reader Question Re: JTRS – What is a Software Definable Radio?

This is jumping the gun as I’m still developing the JTRS articles, so hang with me as we develop this relatively complex technology and synthesize it into something that is digestible by a non-technical reader. The Joint Services presently own … Continue reading

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JTRS – Joint Tactical Radio System An Overview.

This post kicks off my JTRS project. My objective is to give the reader a 50,000 ft. MSL view of an emerging communications technology and the role it plays in the netcentric battlefield. The concept of a software defined radio is hardly … Continue reading

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Things To Come…

A few months ago I talked about doing some work on JTRS and the netcentric concept. I became interested in the subject because I am an X-ELINT type and want to gain a better than casual understanding of the technology. More importantly, understanding the … Continue reading

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