BAE delivers networkable night goggle to Army

BAE Systems announced in September that it has delivered a prototype digital helmet-mounted night-vision goggles system to the Army’s Program Executive Office-Soldier.

The company developed the Enhanced Night Vision Goggle-Digital for PEO-Soldier’s ENVG advanced technology development program. It combines visible, low-light and infrared imagery. Using a set of sensor fusion algorithms, the helmet-mounted monocle can combine light and infrared imagery at a pixel level.

The goggles can display other data, and BAE officials say they can be networked for transmitting images to a commander or for other purposes.

Greg Davis, director of infrared imaging systems at BAE’s Advanced Systems and Technology division, said the digital goggles system could be integrated with the Land Warrior networked soldier system and other systems that PEO-Soldier is developing.

COMPUTER IN A PEN

An electronic pen from Adapx can transfer information using handwriting or marks on a map rather than keystrokes on a computer. The Penx digital pen enables warfighters to plot the positions of objects and features on maps and share that information with commanders at other locations when they use the pen with Adapx’s digital paper.

The digital paper, which color printers can print, has a watermark of almost imperceptible dots called an Anoto pattern. As users make notes and annotations, Penx records the pen’s exact movement and stores that information in its built-in memory until the user uploads it on a Microsoft Windows-based PC.

ISR VIDEO ON THE GO

L-3 Communications’ Advanced Products and Design division is scheduled to deliver 600 VideoScout-MC mobile video systems to the Marine Corps. The systems enable warfighters to capture video and metadata directly from unmanned aerial systems, targeting pods, intelligence feeds and other common sensors.

System applications assist users in processing the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data; creating maps; managing video; and rapidly distributing critical images, video clips and segments or streaming live video to other users in the field. The mobile Video-Scout MC laptop computer comes with built-in multiband receivers.

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