As the leading provider of ultra-compact Ethernet switches, we are often specified in to environments that are often labeled as “sensor pods”. Since the term “sensor” seems so generic, I thought I’d do a little research on what some these sensor technologies are and what were some of their applications . As I was investigating their applications, I found that several of the military uses are quickly making it to commercial applications.

1) Hyperspacial Sensors. These sensors use reflections from hundreds of bands in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. We all understand that cameras and eyeballs use UV to identify targets by their shape or by contrasts of light and dark. Well, hyperspectral scanners use reflections of various IR wavelengths to determine the material that a target is made of. Every object has its own unique “fingerprint” and hyperspacial sensors collect the data and help match it up to those “fingerprints”. Today, military applications of hyperspacial sensors include detecting roadside bombs and fields of illegal drugs such poppies for opium.

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So we’ve see social media run amuck with Top 5/10 Fails. Today on DroneLife, I came across this interesting, amusing and useful article, “5 Lessons Learned from Public Drone Fails”. Although focused on the “enthusiast” drone market, it’s worth a watch. Funny video to demonstrate his point. Thanks @JasonReagan!

http://dronelife.com/2014/10/29/5-lessons-learned-public-droner-fails/

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Here’s an interesting story from NBC. We all know that the delayed FAA guideline are hindering commercial deployments for Drone, but the US agriculture community is one of the industries most effected by the lag.

“Drones have great potential for mapping and assessing the health of crops and livestock so that producers can know how quickly they need to devote attention to those areas,” said Tami Griffin, managing director of Aon Risk Solutions’ food system and agribusiness practice.

According to the story, the US is lagging behind by almost 30 years in using drones to manage crops. Once approved for commercial applications, agriculture could account for $75 billion of an $82 billion boost that drone technology can give to the US economy according to a report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

Hopefully, the FAA will see agriculture as a top priority when it releases initial regulations later this year.

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It seems to me that “sense and avoid” technology is the gaiting factor for wide-spread adoption and deployment of unmanned vehicles. What caught my eye when reading the FAA’s future requirements to allow unmanned aircraft in to the field was that the responsibility of “sense and avoid” technology was going to solely lie at the feet of those developing unmanned aircraft. Manned aircraft being developed for future generations would not have this responsibility, which seems a bit one-sided. I mean, if they are all going to be up in the air together, shouldn’t they all be required to have the same capabilities to avoid collision?

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MILTECH 912 Rugged Military Ethernet Switch

Here at MilSource, we’re happy to announce that Techaya has expanded upon it MILTECH 908MP compact Ethernet switching platform.  The new MILTECH 912 is a managed Ethernet switch that offers the same advanced network features including VLANs, traffic prioritization (QoS) and bandwidth aggregation, but has expanded its port density to 12 triple-speed (10/100/1000 Mbps) Ethernet ports using 2 D-38999 connectors.

The great news is that, due to new technologies and Techaya design innovation, the new MILTECH 912 comes in an even more compact form factor than its predecessors measuring in at 912 is 7.01” L x 5.35″ W x 1.85” H. Designed for vetronic, unmanned ground vehicles and aerial environments, the MILTECH 912 is a great combination of size, weight and cost (SWaP-C) and saves valuable real estate for computers, IP-based sensors, navigation, targeting systems and other devices.

Techaya has a complete line of both managed and unmanaged. To find out if you need a managed or an unmanaged platform, go here. Ethernet routers and switches to fit most modern warfare mobile platforms. To find out which solution meets your platform requirement, send us a note at info@milsource.us.

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Since Techaya’s line of military-grade Ethernet switches are built from the ground up to meet the major military requirements, we are often asked to define what some of the particular specifications are that our Ethernet switches comply to. We recently discussed MIL-STD 1275 which defines the characteristics of a 28 VDC power system. Today we’re going to discuss MIL-STD-461 which is a US military standard that describes how to test equipment for electromagnetic compatibility.

Wireless and RF are becoming commonplace for most of today’s communications.  We all seem to understand the concept of RF interference—multiple devices within a small radius of each other can often produce interference for one another and degrade the performance of each device. Similarly, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is the “unintentional generation, propagation and reception of electromagnetic energy” and what the effect of the unintentional energy may have to other devices (electromagnetic interference, or EMI). The goal of EMC is to ensure that equipment can operate correctly and without interference from each other within the same electromagnetic environment (EME).

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This week has seen some tremendous progress as commercial application and deployment of UAV’s has made tremendous strides. Remember earlier this year at the 2014 Winter Olympics, we saw the use of drones for filming ski and snowboarding events? It highlighted how drones can add such dimension to filmography. Well, we here in LALA land were thrilled this week when we saw the FAA grant six drone operators special permission to legally film aerial shots. While the agency still hasn’t come up with a set of official rules for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), this is the first step in commercial applications here in the US.

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So, it seems that Google has been hard at work, once again out-innovationg tech giants that you wouldn’t even connected the word “drone” to just over 12 months ago. Last year Amazon famously showed off their drone “Octocopters” last October where they promised a world of 30 minute delivery service. A year later, they are still continuing on their offensive to gain regulatory clearance for commercial applications according to this USA Today article. An offensive we strongly support.

But surely, one of the coolest things we’ve seen out of the technology sector comes the new “Project Wing” coming out of Google X skunkworks labs. The combination of vertical and horizontal flight capabilities seems to be inspired by such military big brothers as the Bell Boeing Osprey. The UAV market has such a long way to go in airspace regulation and “sense and avoid” technology, but surely innovations such as this inspire us all to look in to the current and future applications of commercial UAVs.

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Reportlinker.com recently announced that a new market research report on the UAV industry is available Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Market 2014-2024: Potential for Micro, Mini, Nano & Hand Held Drones in Military, Law Enforcement, Security & Civil Applications.

We are seeing technological advancements throughout the UAV industry. It would be nice to say that our limits are only defined by our imaginations. With abundant applications and technology, we’ve seen applications that have gone beyond initial implications in defense and delivered amazing applications including search and rescue, crop management, delivery, photography, videography and so much more.

However, our largest blockade on the continued development of UAV technologies and applications remain government regulation. The good news is that Visiongain, the creators of this industry outlook remain positive on the current and future state of the market.

The report provides both sales value and sales volume (number of units sold) projections of the market in unprecedented detail, plus key information on competitors, commercial drivers and restraints allowing you to more effectively compete in the market. In addition to market forecasts from 2014-2024, our new study shows current market data, market shares, penetrating technical analysis and revealing insight into commercial developments. The report offers dual forecasting of the small UAV market; both by model/design type of small UAVs and by sector application sales for small UAVs. For more information, see the recent press release on MarketWatch.

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Techaya’s complete line for military-grade Ethernet switches, routers and hubs are developed from the ground up to meet rigorous military standards for shock, vibration, temperature rating power requirements and other rigorous standards to ensure that a piece of equipment will hold up under the most toughest of mission, terrains and volatile situations. We often get questions as to what MIL-STD 1275 is when it comes to meeting power requirement.

MIL-STD-1275 covers the characteristics of 28-VDC (as opposed to 12 VDC) electrical systems in military vehicles and provides detailed requirements for military ground platform electrical systems, including electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), starting mode, normal operating mode, generator-only mode operation, and their associated spikes, surges and operating limits.

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