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26 February 2015

IDEX 2015: ForceX, Z Microsystems exhibit mission ready software applications for ISR applications

US companies ForceX and Z Microsystem, Inc. have joined forces at IDEX 2015 showing some of their advanced software applications for use on special mission aircraft. Known for its support to USSOCOM's fleet of special operations aviation assets, ForceX offers the Widow fourth generation mission execution software suited for military, commercial and civil aviation users. A modular and scalable system, Widow can easily be integrated in various types of mision systems architectures. It can seamlessly integrate with EO/IR sensors such as the FLIR Systems Star SAFIRE 380-HD and the L-3 Wescam MX series but company officials insisted that other sensors could also be integrated such as those by Aselsan for instance. Using USB gaming style joysticks, bezel keys, or even platform stick and throttle to control moving maps, sensors and other functions, Widow provides a series of features including live video overlays of streets, address and terrain features, making it ideal for military ISR, law enforcement, SAR, firefighting or even real estate applications. Video feeds from multiple sources, moving maps and intuitive tools allow the user to focus on the mission while displaying actionable intelligence where it is needed most, decreasing operator workload. Capable of importing points, drawing files, routes and other data sets in industry standard as well commercial formats, Widow can also export data to be used in Google Earth.

A manufacturer of computers, servers, and workstations, Z Microsystems also offers mass storage modules, storage docks and deck systems. In addition, it produces rugged rackmount displays, intelligent display screens and image solutions such as video processors. Using a GE ICS-8580 high definition video encoder, its ZX2-VCES video capture and encode server is fitted in AFSOC's U-28 aircraft amongst others. The company's high end Real-Time Enhanced Video (RTEV) technology is used on the United States Marine Corps' new Insitu RQ-21A Blackjack Small Tactical UAS. RTEV provides demanding algorithm enhancements in real time without adding latency to the video, hereby greatly improving image quality and decision making capabilities. RTEV also offers quick precision tuning of algorithms with adjustable settings and controls as well as the ability to quickly toggle enhancements on and off. Z Microsystems' adaptive dehazing algorithm can be used for any video format and provides advantages in degraded visual environments when imagery is affected by dust, haze, fog, smoke, etc.
Pieter Bastiaans

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