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03 October 2016

AUSA 2016: News from the Floor

At AUSA 2016, Abaco Systems is showcasing its latest developments in mission-ready embedded computing, including its latest Intel Xeon and NVIDIA GPU-based hardware platforms at booth #1015.

Abaco Systems is showcasing its latest developments in mission-ready embedded computing, including its latest Intel Xeon and NVIDIA GPU-based hardware platforms (Photo: Abaco Systems)

Abaco Systems’ recently-released, VICTORY-compliant RES3000 Ethernet switches, which, according to the company, set new standards in terms of high port density combined with minimal size and weight and low cost, are featured. Additionally, Abaco Systems is showing the high bandwidth video processing and distribution made possible by its rugged COTS hardware, including its IPN252 6U VPX multiprocessor.


Showcasing new applications for the company’s EdgeVis real-time video streaming technology and its ThruVis passive people-screening camera solution on booth #441, Digital Barriers, having recently acquired Virginia-based Brimtek, works extensively with US military and flagship law enforcement agencies.

Digital Barriers is for the first time demonstrating a new technology capable of using stand-off cameras to identify people against watch-lists – for example scanning a crowd for a suspected terrorist – and can also harvest faces for future analysis. The technology can also be utilised remotely on smart-devices so that security personnel are able to identify potential suspects against watch-lists whilst on the ground. This machine-learning derived technology will be exhibited alongside existing EdgeVis and ThruVis technologies.

Using 60% less bandwidth than standard technologies, EdgeVis Live has the capacity to receive and analyse video from moving vehicles, as well as difficult-to-protect remote areas. Originally developed for military surveillance, EdgeVis Live now works with the defence, law enforcement, transport, energy, and public-safety markets in more than 30 countries worldwide. At AUSA, Digital Barriers is demonstrating how EdgeVis can stream real-time video from aircraft to control centres.

With a 100% success rate in identifying anyone wearing a bomb vest or carrying a concealed weapon, ThruVis is a highly sensitive camera that can be operated remotely to screen crowds at stadiums and major events, and people using public transport, without the need to disturb them as they go about their business.


Roboteam is unveiling new semi-autonomous UGV technology at booth #1446. The new technology will enable defence agencies to conduct dangerous, coordinated exploratory missions without putting soldiers in harms way.

The new technology is housed in Roboteam’s MTGR platform, and utilises a mesh communication system to allow multiple units that is controlled by a single-user. The new technology also features an "explore" capability allowing the semi-autonomous convoy to conduct 360° day and night mapping in all terrains.


At AUSA, General Micro Systems (GMS), on booth #7549, is exhibiting several rugged embedded computing systems, including its newest SB2002-MD fully isolated, multi-domain Red/Black server with Intel Xeon D, smart panel PCs and displays, servers, and networking/routing/switch equipment. GMS is also announcing the addition of Cisco ESR router to the S2U server rugged server.


TRU and Bell Helicopter, both Textron companies, have teamed up to provide a training solution for the new V-280 VALOR rotorcraft, the future of vertical lift, as TRU puts it. TRU is also a part of Team Valor, which is comprised of aerospace companies who are bringing engineering resources, industrial capabilities and critical thinking to meet the US Army’s needs for the Joint Multi-Role Demonstrator (JMR-TD) and inform the requirements for the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme.

TRU’s V-280 technology demonstrator is on show, alongside updates on King AIR 250/350 (C-12) FUSION total training solutions, and TRU’s recent/current defence programmes for the C-17, F-22, and F-35.


Cobham showcases the company’s ability to enable global land power projection on booth #2717, including:

  • Advanced electronic solutions for radar, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Communications Navigation and Instrumentation (CNI) applications;
  • Advanced radio frequency (RF) electronics – for Electronic Warfare applications, including SOLSTx, an affordable, reliable, and scalable Solid State Transmitter solution for radar applications;
  • Antennas: Cobham provides customers with a comprehensive range of products including ground combat vehicle intercoms, handheld counter-IED detection systems, Interference Cancelation Environment (ICE) and Multiple Input/Multiple Output (MIMO) enabled antennas, and advanced electronically scanned arrays for manned and unmanned aerial systems;
  • Aircrew Restraints: Current safety products for helicopter occupants are resulting in catastrophic loss of life which can be prevented by Cobham’s Mobile Aircrew Restraint System (MARS), which distributes the force of a crash differently to increase crewmember survivability;
  • Precision Positioners: Highly reliable, high payload to weight ratio, low maintenance and cost effective, this positioner enables the user to provide E/O sensor suites on mobile platforms with simple 28VDC power and serial I/O or Ethernet interfaces. The resultant saving in space in the crew cab and under armour application make this an excellent solution for Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition market;
  • Slip Rings for defence and commercial applications: Cobham designs and manufactures a large range of electrical slip rings for various types of military and airborne platforms, ranging from light, compact solutions for helicopter instrumentation and de-icing applications, to complex solutions for main battle tanks, infantry vehicles, radars and weapons systems.  


Milrem and QinetiQ North America (NA) are displaying the TITAN Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) at QinetiQ NA’s booth #7851. Unlike existing UGVs, according to Milrem, TITAN is a highly modular platform that can swap out different structures depending on the mission such as rescue, transport, combat, and reconnaissance.


For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #10/2016, available in the show hall; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.