Monthly Archives: May 2009

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Replicates Real-World Submarine For Virtual Training and Concept of Operations Testing

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is taking a fresh, high-tech approach to training and concept of operations testing with its new virtual Combat Systems Center. The purpose of the activity is to evaluate virtual world technology for training, rapid prototyping, collaborative design activities, and war gaming. The system under development is a replicated “real world” submarine combat center where crews could be exercised remotely. New combat attack center designs and configurations can also be tested and evaluated before later stage construction activities. With the virtual Combat Systems Center, NUWC’s goal is to significantly reduce costs while increasing readiness and efficiency.

NUWC selected Qwaq Forums, secure virtual workplace technology, from Qwaq, Inc., as a candidate to provide a complete application collaboration environment that easily integrates all submarine combat center applications and data. The underlying technology of the virtual Combat Systems Center was demonstrated by NUWC last week at the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds Conference in Washington, D.C.

“The virtual Combat Systems Center has the potential to allow us to effectively train crew members around the world without having to transport them to our physical facilities,” said Steve Aguiar, Metaverse Exploration Project lead, at NUWC. “We now have the ability to replicate our submarine environments in high fidelity and provide virtual access to the applications and data the fleet requires. This means that our sailors and officers could always have access to all of the latest training and technical expertise no matter where they are located.”

Qwaq Forums was selected by NUWC because of its advanced application collaboration capabilities and the software’s ability to easily import 3D objects. With Qwaq Forums, crewmembers within the virtual Combat Systems Center can interact with applications and data just like they can when onboard an actual submarine, because the software is able to simultaneously run the applications that are available within a submarine combat center. NUWC will also test the reusability of its extensive set of mission training scenarios by using Qwaq Forums’ capability to easily integrate pre-existing live and simulated data sources. In addition, Qwaq Forums enabled NUWC to get up and running rapidly, because it was able to import and reuse existing 3D models of equipment and consoles, rather than having to re-create them.

“I am excited at the potential virtual worlds technology brings to changing the way we practice engineering,” said Douglas Maxwell, Metaverse Exploration Project technical lead at NUWC. “I see a viable future where ship designers, the Navy fleet, and scientists can meet in the same virtual space to collaboratively evaluate platform designs and enact changes in real time.”

“We are thrilled that Qwaq Forums is providing advanced training and testing technologies to the Navy,” said Greg Nuyens, CEO of Qwaq. “NUWC’s use of Qwaq Forums in its Combat Systems Center is another great example of how virtual application collaboration solutions can provide ‘real world’ training and testing that is efficient and cost-effective.”

Texas Military Base Awards Defense ID Contract

Intellicheck Mobilisa received a contract from Fort Sam Houston to provide the Defense ID access control system to protect the base. Defense ID is currently in use at over 70 secure government installations.

Utilizing Intellicheck Mobilisa’s patented ID reading technology, Defense ID quickly scans various forms of IDs, such as Drivers Licenses, Military ID’s or TWIC cards, and instantly compares the data to over 100 “bad guy” lists.

Fort Sam Houston, one of the US Army’s largest and oldest installations, is home to over 27,000 military and civilian personnel. Known as the “home of Army medicine,” Fort Sam Houston is the center of the Army Medical Command headquarters, and to command headquarters such as Fifth U.S. Army, U.S. Army South, Fifth Recruiting Brigade, 12th ROTC Brigade, U.S. Navy Regional Recruiting, the San Antonio Military Entrance and Processing Station, and the U.S. Naval School of Health Sciences, Bethesda Detachment, as well as Brooke Army Medical Center.

“Fort Sam Houston is regarded as the largest and a very important military medical facility, and we are excited to add them to our list of new customers. Though a voluntary background check system existed, Fort Sam Houston chose Defense ID access control system to provide a broader security check,” said Dr. Nelson Ludlow, CEO of Intellicheck Mobilisa. “With today’s announcement of a foiled terrorist plot in New York on targets that included aircraft from a nearby military base, it reinforces the critical need for the Defense ID System. The Department of the Army and Fort Sam Houston deserves credit for thinking ahead.”

Happy Memorial Day from UIAGC

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United States Air Force Extends Licensing Agreement with Ezenia

Ezenia announced that it has received a renewal order for its InfoWorkSpace products from the Air Force Materiel Command, United States Air Force through Harris Corp. on its Netcents contract.

The agreement renews and extends a close partnership that has provided the USAF Operation Centers and our Warfighters with secure communication, conferencing, and collaboration capabilities with the Company’s InfoWorkSpace product line.

Since its first deployment by the Intelligence Community in 1999 and by the Warfighters since the 2002 Millennium Challenge, InfoWorkSpace has continuously demonstrated an unmatched record of excellence and, with its security, scalability, and stability, has become the voluntary tool of choice that the Warfighters and Intelligence Community have grown to rely on. Where situational awareness, instantaneous reactions, and on-demand responses are warranted for mission critical applications, InfoWorkSpace has been the reliable work horse that earned the respect and support of the Warfighters.

“Among the Warfighters, the United States Air Force has been one of the most demanding and advanced users that Ezenia has ever had the privilege to serve. Ezenia has had a close and rewarding relationship and history with the Air Force. InfoWorkSpace has grown and come a long way from the days of the Joint Forces Expeditionary Experiments (JEFX) in 2004 and 2006,” commented Khoa Nguyen, Chairman and CEO of Ezenia. “Even then, the Air Force power users deployed InfoWorkSpace in ways that totally amazed me; in one instance, a user participated in seventeen concurrent, multimedia independent work sessions, keeping constant awareness with various aspects of the stressful, simulated battlefield situation. InfoWorkSpace benefited greatly from such high threshold of functional richness, quality excellence, and stringent scalability,” further noted Mr. Nguyen. “Beyond products, it is Ezenia field support and services that stand out as the key and critical component in providing rapid response to the Air Force worldwide, inside the Continental US as well outside the 48 contiguous states. As a small business, we’re delighted and honored to have the opportunity to serve the USAF and pledge to always do our best to support their mission.”

The Modernization of the B-2 Spirit Bomber Software Systems

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Semantic Designs announced that Northrop Grumman has acquired an Enterprise Software Modernization License to apply SD’s JOVIAL2C direct translation tool to the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 Spirit Bomber Operational Flight Program (OFP) Refresh Project. The project will enhance and extend the lifetime of the B-2, the flagship of the nation’s long range strike arsenal.

Although the B-2 is the Air Force’s newest bomber, its computers and processors require upgrade to keep up with integration efforts. Expanded and more reliable systems are necessary to maintain the B-2′s leading edge combat capabilities.

As the Air Force’s B-2 prime contractor, Northrop Grumman contracted Semantic Designs to construct cost-effective, automated tools and translation methods to modernize the flight management computer system software applications, beginning with the OFP, by converting the legacy JOVIAL code to C. Northrop Grumman applied its system engineering methodologies to integrate new hardware and used the JOVIAL2C translator to convert the flight software to operate in the new processing environment.

“Semantic Designs’ automated JOVIAL2C direct translator allows Northrop Grumman to modernize the OFP and other software avionics components included in this B-2 refresh project,” said Ira D. Baxter, Semantic Designs’ chief executive officer. “Our translator provides a fast, reliable conversion to C at a lower cost than a manual conversion. It also gives the B-2 a modern software language that will support the operational and mission needs of the aircraft throughout its lifetime.”

Rocket Motor Successfully Tested on Long-Range Land Attack Projectile

BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin successfully fired two Long-Range Land Attack Projectiles (LRLAP), with full-scale rocket motors at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, to demonstrate the Navy’s 155-mm LRLAP program is on track for guided flight tests in June.

LRLAPs are precision guided projectiles fired by the Navy’s Advanced Gun System (AGS), a fully automated, 155-mm, stabilized gun mount. The primary mission of the LRLAP is land attack warfare in support of ground and expeditionary forces beyond the line of sight.

“Without extended range, precision guided munitions, the Navy is limited in its ability to provide critical, long-range fire support from ship to maneuver forces,” said Jim Schoppenhorst, vice president and general manager for U.S. Combat Systems at BAE Systems. “This test shows that 155-mm LRLAP is on schedule to provide DDG 1000 an extremely capable precision guided munition.”

The BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin LRLAP team is in the final stages of systems design and demonstration and preparing for system qualification and verification following system level critical design review in 2010.

Boeing Launches Xytech Systems’ New MediaPulse

Xytech Systems announced that the first installation of its new product, MediaPulse, is complete at the Boeing. MediaPulse has been successfully implemented in the company’s Creative Services division. Boeing Creative Services manages extensive and dynamic inventories of video, graphics, and photography across a global network of external and internal users.

MediaPulse is a next-generation application suite for asset and resource-based media workflows, and leverages Xytech Systems’ 20-year history of providing business workflow solutions to the media and entertainment industry. From the inception of MediaPulse, Xytech Systems envisioned a dramatically new type of software, one that transcended earlier limitations and offered users greater functionality and ease of use. MediaPulse was developed using the latest technology benefits of the .NET framework to create a product specifically designed to improve, streamline, and automate media operations. The powerful, multi-tiered architecture of MediaPulse provides Boeing with the increased performance and flexibility the company sought as it replaced its client/server applications.

MediaPulse was installed at Boeing Creative Services during its beta testing phase in late 2008. Since that time, MediaPulse has been fully implemented as a tracking and billing system for resources, a function that involves 700 users and 95 departments nationwide. In addition, MediaPulse has proven instrumental in the division’s purchase order management and reporting structure. Accurately and quickly managing the movement of assets is another critical requirement in Boeing Creative Services’ workflow. Richard Gallagher, CEO of Xytech Systems, commented that, “MediaPulse was developed for challenges like the ones faced at Boeing Creative Services: large volumes of diverse assets must be managed, tracked, and reported with speed and precision. The testing and final implementation that has taken place has been an exciting collaboration. It is an honor to continue our 19-year history with Boeing by launching a product that we are so proud of.”

iRobot Receives $16.8 Million Order from the U.S. Army

iRobot announced that it has received an order totaling $16.8 million from the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).

This order marks the first purchase of iRobot’s advanced PackBot 510 series under an existing $200 million Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The PackBot 510 series provides the Army with advanced robotic capabilities that surpass those of the battle-tested PackBot 500.

This is the sixth order under the IDIQ contract. The current total contract value now stands at approximately $22 million. This order includes the delivery of 125 PackBot 510 with EOD Kit robots.

The PackBot 510 with EOD Kit has advanced vision and surveillance capabilities. It easily adapts to different Improvised Explosive Device (IED) missions including check points, inspections, and route clearance. The robot provides soldiers with a tool to identify and dispose of IEDs, roadside bombs, and other unexploded ordnance while keeping them at safe distances. Additionally, the PackBot 510 provides improved lift and manipulation capabilities, greater speed, military-standard batteries, a hardened laptop with game-style hand controller, and a variety of other upgrades that enhance its mission effectiveness.

“The PackBot 510 provides a new level of capability and modularity in support of the warfighter,” said Joe Dyer, president of iRobot Government and Industrial Robots. “These robots are battle-tested and are saving lives by giving our troops separation from many of the dangers found on the battlefield. The PackBot 510 builds on the tradition of the PackBot 500.”

iRobot has delivered more than 2,400 PackBot robots that make a difference every day by conducting dangerous missions that keep warfighters out of harm’s way.

$16 Million Order for Its Aviation Security Systems

Analogic Corporation announced that it has received an order from L-3 Security & Detection Systems for Explosives Detection Systems (EDSs) valued at approximately $16.1 million. The order includes eXaminer 3DX systems as well as eXaminer SX systems, recently certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Peter Cempellin, Vice President and General Manager of Analogic’s Security Systems Division, said, “This order signifies the strong position the eXaminer 3DX still has in the marketplace. In addition, this is the first order for our new eXaminer SX, which was certified by the TSA in January of this year. The eXaminer SX provides industry leading computed tomography (CT) technology in a smaller footprint, giving smaller airports affordable, advanced explosives detection capability. First commercial shipments, which will begin this June, are destined for airports worldwide.”

The adaptable, streamlined eXaminer SX is suitable for airport lobbies and baggage make-up areas and can also be fully integrated with baggage handling systems. The lower cost eXaminer SX provides the same proven detection capabilities as the larger eXaminer 3DX in a lighter, more compact frame. The system is available in three configurations: in-line, partially integrated, and standalone.

Both the eXaminer 3DX and eXaminer SX systems use 3-D Continuous-Flow CT technology and generate high-resolution 3-D color images in real time. The eXaminer systems also enable 360-degree rotational views of the entire bag and its contents, and provide continuous automatic detection of explosives.

B/E Aerospace Wins Contract to Supply Cabin Lighting for Next Generation Boeing 737 Program

B/E Aerospace has announced that The Boeing Company has selected B/E Aerospace as its manufacturer of cabin lighting for the next generation Boeing 737 aircraft program. This innovative B/E Aerospace supplier furnished equipment (SFE) system will become standard equipment on all next generation Boeing 737 aircraft, and is part of B/E Aerospace’s $2.3 billion unbooked SFE backlog. Program deliveries are expected to commence in late 2010, with volume deliveries commencing in 2011.

B/E Aerospace’s digital light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system will play a critical role in the new Boeing “Sky Interior” for the 737. This innovative, lightweight LED system features adjustable lighting with full spectrum color capabilities, providing superior cabin ambiance and unprecedented lighting control. Studies have provided conclusive evidence that cabin illumination enhances passenger comfort.

“We are honored to have been selected by Boeing as the supplier partner of next generation lighting for the new 737 “Sky Interior”. We look forward to continuing our long-standing and excellent relationship with Boeing as we both develop ways to enhance aircraft performance and passenger comfort,” commented Amin J. Khoury, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of B/E Aerospace, Inc. “This award is part of our strategic “OEM direct”, or SFE, focus to substantially increase our revenue content per aircraft. The value of the OEM direct awards which the company has won currently totals over $2.3 billion, only a very small portion of which is included in the company’s backlog. Our current backlog of $2.8 billion, along with unbooked SFE awards, is in excess of $5 billion. As we deliver products from our total $5 billion plus backlog (booked and unbooked) we expect to substantially add to our current $7.3 billion installed base, which in turn should facilitate growth in our spares business over time.”