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We discuss your application and budget, then make product recommendations which yield a hardware/software/camera combination that maximizes performance and minimizes cost.

 

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We have over nineteen years combined experience in scientific imaging. This saves customers many hours of product research reading trade magazines, sorting through data sheets, and on the phone with salespeople.

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We know what hardware/software/camera combinations work well together so there are no surprises after setup; this is particularly important in matching frame grabbers to cameras and determining software image capture capabilities.

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License Plate Recognition for a wide range of applications including Parking, Access Control, Logging all vehicles & alarm when Wanted Vehicles detected.   

 
Great number plate rip-off

Gauteng motorists may have to replace their vehicle number plates every five years if proposals by transport MEC Ignatius Jacobs are accepted.

A detailed draft notice by Jacobs, which was leaked to The Times yesterday, also details how motorists in Gauteng will have to replace, at their own cost, their existing number plates with new ones that have added security features.

According to the draft notice, number plates will only be valid for five years and will carry a decal indicating the year of expiry.

The new plates, with enhanced security features, would be accompanied by a tamper-proof validation label which would have to be affixed to the lower left side inside the rear window that would also have to be renewed every five years.

The document reads: “A number plate validation label shall be valid for five years from the date of issue. The fee for issue of a number plate validation label shall be prescribed by the MEC.”

Motorists will also have to accompany applications for new labels or plates if either are lost, stolen or destroyed, with an affidavit made to police and an occurrence book reference number.

Currently, a basic set of plastic number plates costs about R120 to replace, and there is no set time limit on the life of the plates.

James Swart, DA spokesman on roads, said: “This does not seem like a few strokes on a piece of paper done over a cup of coffee. It is very detailed. It is worrying because it is not clear if anybody in the industry has been consulted.”

Swart wanted to know who would supply the new number plates, and if it would not lead to a monopoly in production.

He said: “There seems to be a trend of surprise announcements by the MEC, like when he revealed the new number plate system as a passing reference in his budget speech.”

Alfred Nhlapo, spokesman for the Gauteng transport department, said yesterday the new system was still in a consultative process: “We will propose certain things, but it does not translate into any regulation yet. A notice has not been published for public comment. There is an internal legislative process followed first and we do not want to jump the gun on it.”

Nhlapo denied any intended monopoly: “ We have started consulting manufacturers. Our role is to ensure regulations and not to change the landscape of the manufacturing industry. It is not about reducing the number of manufacturers.”

Nhlapo said the five-year renewal period was based on international practices researched by a team from the department.

He said that this would help the authorities to establish an audit trial for licence plates and vehicle ownership, where motorists’ information would be updated, and it would help to combat fraud.

PUBLICATION: The Times
AUTHOR: Borrie La Grange
DATED: 20th July 2007

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             IMAGE ANALYSIS Solutions

WHY MICROSCOPE COMPANIES AND THEIR DEALERS ARE NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR IMAGING PRODUCTS

Because the master they serve is the microscope company, who puts great pressure on them to sell branded product, which today includes digital cameras and imaging software.  The customer is better served when purchasing from a vendor that is free to recommend the BEST products for the application.  Most microscope salespeople lack the necessary product knowledge and experience to know what the BEST camera and software products are.


WHY "BOX MOVER" DISTRIBUTORS ARE NOT A GOOD SOURCE FOR IMAGING PRODUCTS

Because “box mover” distributors will typically list every product from every vendor.  Is this useful?  Does this save the customer time?  No - their message to the customer is that it's up to them to figure out what product best suits their needs, at which time they'll be glad to take your order.  This reflects a lack of product and application knowledge that could easily result in the customer not having all items necessary for a complete solution, potential compatibility problems, and the risk of spending more money than is necessary.

Another problem is that "box movers" like to emphasize that they stock product so they can deliver quickly, which creates a situation where they've bought product that they have to sell.  Customers need be concerned that if a "box mover" is recommending a particular product, are they doing it because it's the best solution for the customer's application or because of other motivations to sell that product?  Most of the products we sell have 1-2 week lead times, and if necessary we can drop ship from the manufacturer to satisfy immediate requirements.

We encourage you to bring any pricing discrepancies to our attention.  "Box movers" often emphasize lower pricing to make up for their lack of product and application expertise.  Keep in mind that our digital cameras are priced WITH needed accessories, so the price may be slightly higher - you DON'T want to be in a situation where you need to mount your camera and find out that the mounting block is sold separately, for example.  Or that you've ordered an interface board separately and find that it's bundled software does not support the camera you just bought.  Our prices are competitive, and in most cases we will match competitor pricing.


AN EXAMPLE OF HOW OUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE BENEFITS OUR CUSTOMERS

On our camera charts you can find three 12-bit monochrome cameras with similar spatial resolution, yet they range in price from $1250 to $4595 to $9950.  What are the differences and which one is best for your specific application?  Don’t bother asking a microscope dealer or “box mover” distributor.

Our product selection strategy eliminates models that we would not recommend.  Thanks to our experience and product knowledge, we have already chosen products which optimize price/performance, making our customer’s product selection less intimidating.

When choosing an imaging products vendor, be sure to consider the value of your time - our knowledge and expertise will almost certainly save you time, and in most cases money as well because our goal is to recommend the most cost effective solution that fits the application requirements.  We also ask that you consider the value of our knowledge - if the information that we provide results in the placement of an order, we can only be rewarded for our efforts by receiving the order, even if we have to match a competitive price.


ALL DIGITAL CAMERAS IN OUR CHARTS ARE COMPLETE PACKAGES - HERE'S WHY

All digital cameras in our charts are complete packages including camera head, cables, power supply, interface board, and software.  Therefore, once received, you have a complete workable solution – likely not the best you can have, but enough to display live, capture images, and save in standard file formats.  Likewise, if you are comparing a firewire camera, which uses an existing or inexpensive computer interface, how can you compare it to a Camera Link model unless you know what your total cost will be?  We are happy to sell you, for example, just a Camera Link camera, but it is more common that customers need a complete package, so that is how we present them.  Optics (lenses, microscope adapters, etc) are a different story - it is more common for this choice to be determined by which camera they select, the equipment they are interfacing to, and application parameters; therefore, they are not included in pricing.


WHY OUR IMAGING WORKSTATIONS ARE YOUR BEST OPTION

Most name brand PC's that Government Agencies, Corporations, and Universities can buy at discount are not well suited for digital imaging.  They often cannot accommodate an imaging plug-in board and come preloaded with programs and utilities that cause the system to run slowly.  If you have a problem, your IT support personnel will not have the expertise to assist you, and one can only cringe at the thought of calling the manufacturer and waiting 45 minutes to speak to someone in India, only to have them ask "what's a (frame grabber, microscope camera, Camera Link...)"  They are competitively priced - check for yourself (rebate scam pricing excluded).


ONLINE WEB STORE BROWSING/SHOPPING TIPS

  1. Research products via the product pages (Cameras, Frame Grabbers, Imaging Software, Imaging Workstations)

  2. Many of our products are offered at reduced prices for those who register and receive a Login ID and password; fill out the form on the Web Site Feedback page, choosing an ID and password, and your Login will become active within 3-4 hours.  Login is done on the lower left section of the Web Store page.  ISSUANCE OF LOGIN IDs ARE SUBJECT TO REVIEW - NO LOGIN IDs WILL BE ISSUED FOR REGISTRATIONS WHICH INCLUDE HOTMAIL, YAHOO, AND OTHER GENERIC E-MAIL ADDRESSES

  3. Decide what products you want to check discounted pricing on

  4. Click on the Web Store link and Login

  5. Follow the Category links -OR- use the Store Search button, entering any word associated with the product, then browse the results until you find the product(s) of interest

  6. Most products include all you will need for basic functionality, however many products have options that you either must choose or have the option of choosing

  7. Once you are ready to purchase, click Buy to transfer the item to your cart, and continue shopping if you wish

  8. When you have finished shopping, click Checkout under Store Search which will bring you to payment processing.  AT THIS POINT REST ASSURED THAT WE VALUE YOUR PRIVACY AND SECURITY - ALL CONTACT AND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION IS ENTERED ON A SECURE 128-BIT ENCRYPTED SSL SERVER.  YOUR INFORMATION IS NOT DISCLOSED TO ANY ENTITY FOR ANY REASON, AND CREDIT CARD INFORMATION IS DELETED AFTER TWO DAYS.


THE HIDDEN COSTS OF IMAGING SOFTWARE

Customers often wonder – why is imaging software so expensive in the first place?  The answer lies in what economists call “economy of scale.”  One can readily see that the higher end imaging software packages that we sell are at least as complex as popular programs such as Microsoft Word, with the added necessity of technical components unique to image analysis and processing.  So, a greater amount of software engineering and quality assurance are needed to bring the product to market.  But while Microsoft can expect to sell millions of copies of Word, the imaging market is very small; if an imaging software company sold 2000 copies in a given year, they would be quite pleased. 

So, if your application demands the functionality and power offered in one of our higher end imaging software packages, which cost $3500 and higher, you should consider what support, maintenance, and upgrade charges you might face in coming years.  The following chart compares costs between two of our most popular imaging software packages, from the initial cost to expected future outlays.  It is clear that the initial decision can impact budgetary issues well into the future!

 

 

 

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Privacy in 2020

By Kim Zetter EmailSeptember 07, 2007 | 11:40:52 AMCategories: Privacy  
1984_podbrix_playset_3 PCs with a mandatory static IP address.

 

Every car outfitted with a working transponder.

A penniless marketplace where every purchase and financial transaction is electronically tracked.

Mandatory MySpace pages that every citizen will be required to maintain with up-to-date contact information.

These are some of the practices that Robert Gellman, a privacy and information practices consultant in Washington, DC, says will be commonplace in 2020. Gellman makes other predictions about our Winston Smith future as well.

He says biometrics and other authentication systems will be a standard feature on all computers in the next decade, requiring individuals to identify themselves before a computer will work. All e-mail and logs of network and search activity will be stored permanently. And health insurance companies will soon require policyholders to submit to food purchase monitoring in an effort to control healthcare costs. The latter, Gellman says, will lead to a black market in under-the-table junkfood sales.

Hmm. Might the food monitoring begin this way?

 

 

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Advantages of IR -700 ultra sensitive IR imaging system Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 September 2007

 

 IR-700 imaging systems are specially designed for the applications such as which require accurate real-time analysis, condition monitoring and thermo graphic profiling. It has got digital storage, a unique electric optical zoom and the comfortableness it has got with the modern analysis software makes the device a very valuable device as an analysis tool. It is knowingly an ideal tool for dynamic thermal analysis of our PCB designs. The features of IR-700 thermal imaging system are it has got a color thermal imaging, easy digital image storage, real time thermal analysis and a compatible with a wide variety of thermal software package. The device is lightweight, battery powered and field proven. Built-in high speed measurement modes make it easy to measure temperatures quickly and accurately
This device combines high resolution color or black & white thermal infrared images, along with precision radiometric temperature measurement display and high thermal sensitivity. Also included are thermal imaging, archival, and analytical system. The system has an array of onboard user functions, along with a built in 3.5" floppy diskette drive for digital image storage. It also has an LCD screen which offers onboard viewing of images and data, along with which a built in video output port allows the IR 700 to be easily connected to any TV set, projector, PC or monitor. We can optically zoom the image simply by a push of a button as the camera provides onboard Optical Continuous Field of View (CFOV). It also offers high robust infrared imagery without the loss of resolution or interchanging expensive IR lenses for telephoto results.
The applications are very wide ranged, such as PCB ~ Circuit board and micro-mini component profiling, Electrical & mechanical Predictive / Preventive maintenance, Product research & development, Medical / Holistic thermal infrared imaging, and Surveillance and security at no light night time environments. It is most suitable for dynamic thermal imaging and post image analysis as it has variety of tools and features which are meant for post image analysis. It has got a High Spatial Resolution Image, High Speed Patented Galvanometer Driven Scan System, Interchangeable Lenses, and Long wave (8-12 µm) sensitivity. It has also got an 8 bit analog to digital convertor, 250 color palettes, Back-lit rubber membrane keyboard, Metal enclosures, and an embedded 3.5" 1.44Mb HD Floppy Disk Drive. The Man-portability vest, System Transporter Cart, Rugged mechanical design, and Micro-cooler Standby mode makes the device portable.

Author- 7bInfrared Products The company is into thermal Infrared products and night vision equipment like night vision goggle, night vision binocular.infrared camera.

 

Author- 7bInfrared Products The company is into thermal Infrared products and night vision equipment like night vision goggle, night vision binocular.infrared camera.

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Speeding data recording and analysis helps trap high-tech criminals

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06.09.2007

Widespread use of information technology (IT) has inevitably resulted in an escalating prevalence of computer crime – from fraud to child pornography.

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This has led to an increasing demand from law-enforcement agencies for digital forensic tools to provide evidence that will trap the criminals involved and will stand up in court.


The EUREKA E! 3664 IT FORENSIC project has led to the development of the world’s fastest hardware-based forensic system able to copy and protect digital evidence in computer crime cases. The new instrument is already attracting interest from security agencies, police forces, finance and tax authorities and accountancy organisations on both sides of the Atlantic. Security applications will result in a safer Europe and the containment of economic crime will enable Europe to be more competitive.

Project leader MH-Services identified the problem of slow computer evidence acceptance through discussions with the German federal and district criminal service. A particular need is to copy and analyse vast amounts of data very quickly in a write-protected manner to uncover the crime and provide legally credible evidence.

“We did not have all the know-how necessary,” explains Martin Hermann, general director of MH-services. “Cooperation within a EUREKA project provided new partners that enabled new knowledge to be developed. We can now copy 10 GB of secured evidence in just five minutes, compared with 30 to 60 minutes using alternative equipment.”

The goal was to develop a PC-based forensic system that could read all types of memory technology and provide a mirror image of the data on any type of hard disk, sector by sector, using hardware-based writing protection to avoid any possibility of falsifying data while copying. Existing techniques for write protection have relied on software approaches, making them unusable in court.
“EUREKA helped us in obtaining the finance for our project, allowing it to get of the ground. It also provided great help concerning marketing and customer contact,” adds Hermann. “The cooperation led to success and we are already planning a further project with our partners.”

Close cooperation with a computer hardware company in Germany for writer blocker components and a forensic software specialist in Switzerland in a EUREKA project has already led to the development of the TreCorder. This rugged forensic PC is able to image or clone up to three hard disks simultaneously, rapidly and securely. It not only provides a complete mirror image of the hard disk and system memory – including deleted and reformatted date – but also eliminates any possibility of falsification in the process.

Device snags wanted drivers –Remington-Elsag

Aug 30, 2007 @ 10:50 PM

By ROCCO LaDUCA

Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch

First came the radar gun for police road patrols.

Then came the ability to transmit the driver’s background information by a vehicle-mounted computer.

Now, the newest tool allows officers to scan a motorist’s license plate to check for suspended or revoked registrations, arrest warrants and stolen cars.

Known as the Mobile Plate Hunter 900, the device already is being used by area agencies, including Utica, New Hartford sheriff’s deputies and the state police.

The recognition device, which reads a vehicle’s license plate via a scanning camera, has proven to be an efficient and nonintrusive tool that lets police monitor hundreds of vehicles everyday while officers continue to go about their normal patrol duties, officials agree.

It not only is beneficial for daily routine patrols, but also was used in a local murder case last November.

When Scott Herman had just brutally murdered his 82-year-old grandmother in Rome, state police pondered whether the known reclusive suspect may attempt to flee the area in a stolen car.

“When people are desperate, they do desperate things, and stealing a car is definitely a desperate thing,” state police Capt. Frank Coots said.

While the device did not lead police to Herman, Coots said such an example highlights the potential this technology offers local law enforcement agencies.

“This is another example of technology as a work-force multiplier in law enforcement by allowing our officers to be much more efficient in getting bad people and bad drivers off the road,” New Hartford police Chief Raymond Philo said.

But such efficiency comes at the expense of every motorist’s civil right to avoid police surveillance unless a law has been violated, officials with the New York Civil Liberties Union argue.

“Police really should be in the business of investigating crimes, not tracking law-abiding citizens,” said Barrie Gewanter, executive director of the Central New York Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

“When we are driving and we are always having our licenses plates examined, then everybody on the road is being treated as a suspect,” she said.

How it works

Police officials acknowledge the license plate recognition device – like each new technology in law enforcement – comes with its own potential for legal issues, such as Gewanter’s concern.

But the way a mobile license plate reader, also called an LPR, is used takes every precaution to avoid violating someone’s rights, officials said.

As New Hartford police Officer Matt Sica drove up Oneida Street last week, the two LPR cameras mounted atop his patrol vehicle simultaneously scanned roughly 150 passing license plates in about 15 minutes. While Sica paid attention to his surroundings, the LPR would beep every time it photographed a passing car’s license plate.

The LPR then interpreted the letters and numbers of the license plate while comparing it to a “hot list” database compiled by the state Department of Motor Vehicles and state Division of Criminal Justice Services. If the LPR detected a revoked license or stolen vehicle, for example, the device would sound a specific alert.

It would then be up to that officer to determine if the LPR accurately detected a possible violation and whether further investigation or an arrest was necessary, officials explained. In some cases, the LPR would misread the license plate, and in other cases it may not be possible to locate the matching vehicle amidst heavy traffic, they said.

“The human factor is always going to be an important component of law enforcement,” New Hartford police Lt. Timothy O’Neill said.

Netting scofflaws

An LPR can scan roughly 1,000 license plates an hour, officials said, and that helps detect plenty of issues that officers may not particularly be aware of, officials said.

While the LPR can be used to target vehicles linked to specific individuals, such as suspected terrorists or kidnappers identified during Amber Alerts, the device’s overall use has much broader impact, officials said.

Particularly when it comes to people driving either with a suspended or revoked license or without insurance, officials said.

“You don’t know the aggravation you have to go through until your vehicle is hit by an uninsured driver,” Philo said. “We’ve got to get those people off the road.”

According to Utica police, their LPR scanned about 400 license plates and detected 19 suspended or revoked registrations between January and March. A stolen vehicle and a stolen license plate were recovered, and eight people wanted on arrest warrants were located, police said.

The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has been just as successful using the device, which each agency has received through a grant issued by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.

More than 100,000 plates were scanned by the sheriff patrol’s LPR during the first six months of this year, resulting in 143 suspended or revoked registrations being located and 40 arrests, including four people wanted on warrants and two drunken driving suspects, Undersheriff M. Peter Paravati said.

“It would take our work force days and days to read 1,200 to 1,300 license plates if that’s all they did, so it’s like having the value of one to two more deputies per day,” Paravati said. “And when you get a hit, it could potentially lead you beyond vehicle and traffic violations to more serious crimes quickly and efficiently.”

In New Hartford, as well, police have charged people with drunken driving and marijuana possession this summer after the department’s LPR detected them driving without insurance.

The shadow of ‘Big Brother’

Nevertheless, civil liberties experts still believe license plate recognition technology is taking “proactive policing” too far.

Gewanter of the New York Civil Liberties Union recently voiced two particular points of concern:

— Every photographed image is kept in a database for possible reference at a later date, perhaps to determine if a particular vehicle has previously passed through an area.

“Just because we have greater technology and more capacity doesn’t mean the police need to use it to create databases of everybody driving on the road,” Gewanter said.

Putting the concern of uninsured drivers in perspective, she added, “Just because there’s a problem is not a justification for Big Brother to be watching everybody’s car on every road at all times.”

—There’s no guarantee the person driving the vehicle is responsible for whatever wrongdoing that may be detected by the LPR.

“Spotting a license plate is not equivalent to spotting a criminal,” she said.

Police officials, however, agree that LPRs are merely a more technologically-advanced version of an old-fashion road block, only less intrusive.

They also note the device only detects vehicles that are already presumed to be operating under some legal violation.

“This is as little evasive as possible,” state police Capt. Coots said. “We’re not stopping anyone, we’re not detaining anyone. We’re only doing what is easily observable anyway.”

Then Coots added: “A lot of people forget that operating a motor vehicle in New York state is a privilege, as opposed to a right. We respect people’s privacy, but we also have an obligation to detect and deter crimes, and this is just another tool to do that.”

AgustaWestland Boss To Lead U.K. Ship Consortium

Defense News
By ANDREW CHUTER, LONDON

AgustaWestland helicopter boss Alan Johnston is set to become the chief executive of the British naval shipbuilding joint venture announced by BAE Systems and the VT Group in late July.

The appointment has yet to be officially announced, but a spokesman for the two naval shipbuilders confirmed the move Aug. 2.

“We will announce further details about the JV [joint venture] in due course,” said the spokesman.

Further managerial appointments are expected over the next few weeks. Sir John Parker, the ex-Harland & Wolff and British Shipbuilders senior director, is tipped to take the post of chairman.

Johnston has already resigned his position as the head of military programs and the managing director of U.K. operations at the Italian-owned helicopter manufacturer.

Graham Cole, AgustaWestland’s senior vice president for external affairs, will temporarily take over Johnston’s posts until a successor is named.

Johnston has wide experience in naval shipbuilding. He worked in the British and South African naval industries before joining what was then GKN Westland Helicopters in 1995. His final posting was submarine construction director at nuclear submarine builder VSEL in Barrow, subsequently acquired by BAE. The nuclear submarine operation is not part of the merger plan.

Guy Griffith, the former chief operating officer of MBDA and the man originally earmarked for the job as chief executive of the merged operation, is to stay at BAE, where he arrived earlier this year as the boss of the company’s Integrated System Technologies business. Industry insiders said he had been parked in the post whilst the merger details were resolved.

The two shipbuilding companies announced July 25 they would merge their surface-ship operations into a single, 50/50-owned company.

The deal, which remains subject to approval, brings together two BAE yards on the River Clyde in Scotland and the VT yard at Portsmouth in southern England in what will be Britain’s sole surface warship building company of any consequence.

Alenia Aeronautica: the first block 5 Typhoon delivered to the Italian Air Force

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Rome, Italy - Other Finmeccanica companies involved in the aircraft production are Selex Communications and Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems

(WAPA) - “The first of the five block 5 Eurofighter Typhoons for the Italian Air Force has entered into service.

The five block 5 Eurofighters, whose configuration represents a further progress in terms of functionality and operational capability, will complete, during 2007, the deliveries of the 29 aircraft of the tranche 1 production, envisaged for the Italian Air Force.

The Typhoon, in this new version, not only represents the final standard of the tranche 1, but also offers the same features of the initial configuration of the second production batch, whose deliveries are planned starting from 2008. Furthermore the block 5 configuration is the reference for the updating of all aircraft delivered to AMI to date. Currently two aircraft are undergoing retrofit at Alenia Aeronautica’s Caselle plant and the first aircraft will be delivered to AMI during the first quarter of 2008.

The block 5 Typhoons are the first to be equipped with ‘Pirate’, a search and track system made by a consortium of companies led by Galileo Avionica, a Finmeccanica company. The Pirate (Passive Infra-Red Airborne Tracking Equipment) combines the functions of the FLIR infra-red system (Forward Looking Infra-Red) and of the IRST system (Infra Red Search and Track), able to search, detect and track potential targets. The system operates in a passive mode, without emitting signals which might reveal the aircraft’s presence.

Also, the block 5 version includes the installation of a ILS (Instrumental Landing System) for all visibility conditions landings and an integrated training system in the aircraft cockpit (Enhanced Weapon Training Facilities), which allows the simulation of the presence of external loads on the aircraft both for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The new version also leads to an improvement of the aircraft manoeuvrability, thanks to the possibility of using 100% of the capabilities of the Typhoon’s digital flight control system and to the extension of the flight envelope up to 9 g at subsonic speed and up to 7 g for the supersonic speed.

Some of the main characteristics brought by block 5 standard includes a more evolved integration of the new-generation air-to-air ASRAAM missile; the capability of the aircraft radar to operate also in the air-to-ground function and the possibility – though not contemplated for the aircraft in service with ItAF – of using air-to-ground systems like GBU-10, GBU-16 and Paweway II, thus allowing the Typhoons to play, within the same mission, both air-to-air and air-to-ground roles, and this is a unique characteristic of the Eurofighter within the world scenario for new-generation defence aircraft.

Other Finmeccanica companies involved in the block 5 aircraft production are Selex Communications and Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems”.

The “Marine One” will become an Air Force One in miniature

Washington, USA - Gears and super-technologies as security requirements

(WAPA) - In 2005 the consortium consisting of Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland (a Finmeccanica company) awarded the tender for 23 VH-71 Kestrel special helicopters destined to US presidential fleet.

The “Marine One” looks like an Air Force One in miniature. The Pentagon and the White House have illustrated to the builders a series of requests: “Secret gadgets”, gears and state-of-the-art technologies to install aboard of helicopters, as video-surveillance, wide-band connections and several high-tech devices.

These requests have caused the slowdown of the programme and the increase of the realization costs. The total cost of the project is now more than USD 7 billion (as regards to previous USD 6.1 billion), and provoking at the same time some doubts on the real usefulness of these additional works.

According to Pentagon, the new gears are due to the requirements of security after the terrorist attempts of September 11th, 2001.

For the builders it is a race against time: the first five specimens, not equipped with the technologies requested by the Pentagon, must be delivered by October 2009. Only in 2015 these helicopters will be replaced with a new super-technological fleet. (Avionews)

Technical Card - VH-71 Kestrel
Marine One VH-71 Kestrel of Lockheed Martin-AgustaWestland consortium
Dimensions
Height:  6.65 m
Length:  22.81 m
Rotor diameter:  18.59 m

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Weights
Empty:  10,500 kg
Max T/O:  15,600 kg
Payload:  5,443 kg

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Performance
Max speed:  309 km/h
Range:  1389 km
Service ceiling:  4575 m

Finmeccanica: Selex Sistemi Integrati signs a contract with Trinidad and Tobago

Avionews

(WAPA) - Selex Sistemi Integrati, subsidiary of Finmecanica, has signed a contract with Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) for the realization of a control centre for the air traffic management. The contract is valued at USD 18.5 million.

Within four months from the contract effectiveness is provided the supply of a temporary system.

The definitive centre will be equipped with 27 workstations for air traffic controllers and is destined to the airport of Trinidad, which will be integrated with data coming from the radars of Martinique, Guadalupe and Barbados, equipped with oceanic route control system.

The terms of the contract also provide for two radars and four workstations to be deployed in the control towers of the national airports, one simulator, radio systems for the communication between the area control centre and the airplanes, equipment for radar data presentation. Selex SI will also guarantee assistance for seven years.

Galileo Avionica: other successes for the industry Autonomous Star Tracker

Rome, Italy - On board NASA mission Phoenix
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“The launch of the mission Phoenix is scheduled for the first week of August from the American base of Cape Canaveral. In May 2008, the NASA probe will land near the southern pole of the planet. Phoenix has two main goals: 1) the assess and study of water presence, key aspect to unveil the history of the ancient climatic changes and 2) the search of traces that could lead to an environment with life.

Galileo Avionica, a Finmeccanica Company, is present on board Phoenix mission with 2 units of the Autonomous Star Tracker (A-STR), the outcome of over 20 years of experience of the company in the field of design and production of star sensors, both for space observation and for interplanetary probes.

Galileo Avionica Attitude Sensors are one of the most successful product line, for which the company is acknowledged as an European and global leader.

Up to today, Galileo Avionica has produced over 350 units of Stellar, Earth and Solar sensors both for institutional markets and also for ‘Open’ ones, with more than 50% of the revenues earned in the commercial sector.

The Autonomous Star Tracker of Galileo Avionica was developed to be used on board Rosetta mission, launched in January 2003 towards the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s. Later, the A-STR was adopted by the ESA (European Space Agency) also for the missions: Mars Express, Venus Express (in addition to the Herschel/Planck and to GAIA, which are still to be launched), the Cassini interplanetary probe of JPL and for many other NASA and commercial satellites.

The Star Tracker primary function is to measure, with very high position accuracy, the stellar maps present in its filed of view. Thanks to the stellar map stored in the A-STR software (over 3200 stars of magnitude up to 6.3 Mv), the star tracker delivers the attitude data (quaternions) of the probe during the entire mission life . If the probe was to lose its path, the A-STR would search automatically the new position and provide to the computer the information to place the probe back on its original path.

In the framework of the activities carried out for NASA, the autonomous star trackers A-STR have been already selected for many mission (Messenger, Stereo, Pluto Kuiper Belt, etc.) among which the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, also in orbit over Mars from August 2006, searching for water. The selection of the same stellar sensor for various missions reinforces Galileo Avionica worldwide leading position in this sector”. (Avionews)

Europe Asks Thales Alenia Space For The Price Of A Mars Robotic Rover Price check

United Press International
by Staff Writers

Cannes, France (UPI)

The European Space Agency has asked Cannes, France, satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space to quote a price on the construction of a Mars rover. The French-Italian satellite company announced it will convene a meeting of its major contractors next week to discuss the rover, which the ESA is planning to send to Mars in 2013, the BBC reported Thursday.

ESA delegations approved the general outline of the ExoMars rover concept in June and industrial workers are now facing a period of refinement and testing for the details of the concept. The vehicle, which is designed to travel over the surface of the red planet in search of past or present life, will be outfitted with a series of scientific instruments.

“We now have a deadline of 8 October for delivery of the full committing proposal from industry,” said Vincenzo Giorgio at Thales Alenia Space, the lead industrial partner on the ExoMars project.

“This is a challenge not only because there is August — normally a holiday all over Europe — but also because two months is a major challenge anyway to make a full blown proposal,” he said.

 

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