Autometrix is an industrial cutting system out of Northern California. A little over a year ago, their electrical engineer, Tyler Green contacted MilSource. Tyler was looking for a basic, board-level Fast Ethernet switch that he could integrate in to his on-board electronic package. The MILTECH 309 fit the bill. Because of its small size, ruggedized componentry and conformal coating, it could fit right in to the size and industrial shock standards needed to deliver the fast and reliable products the company is known for.

To read more about how Autometrix is using MilSource, read the full story in Control Design Magazine.

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We just discovered that March 14, 2015 is a celebration of geeks everywhere. Not only is it Pi Day, but it is International Drone Day!

Pi Day is celebrated across the world in celebration of mathematics.  Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

But now we have another important celebration.  It’s International Drone Day. Over 150 events are going in nearly every part of the world to show that world that Drones are good. Chances are there is an event near you. To find an event in your area, you can click here to see where your local “Drones are Good” team is holding their event.

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A couple of months ago, we wrote about naval experiments with “sense and avoid” technology . The point behind the article was that “sense and avoid” technology is one of the gaiting factors behind the FAA approving widespread use and application of unmanned aircraft. The FAA regulations clearly state that sense and avoidance would be the sole responsibility of the unmanned aircraft when sharing airspace with manned aircraft.

Here’s some promising news on that front. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI), recently announced two key technological advances related to its ongoing Sense and Avoid (SAA) system development efforts.

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It’s been a popular month for stories about drones used for awesome search and rescue operations. We’ve all had vague concepts of what drones can do for some of these in the name of rescue, but now we are seeing some tangible applications. From lifeguards to heart attack assistance to wildfires, here’s a list of really interesting drone applications that can, unquestionably save lives.

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In today’s modern warfare where survivability and mission success is dependent on data acquisition, analysis and instruction, a growing number of Ethernet-based devices supporting these missions must be connected to the central mission computer, and often to each other. Ethernet switches are needed throughout the military infrastructure as a common means of making such connections. We often get the question from customers on whether they need a managed switch or an unmanaged switch. So, today, we’re going to talk about the basic capabilities of each.

Unmanaged switches are simple connectivity devices that provide no configuration interface, network management or control over data flow. They are generally used for networks in which data prioritization is not a concern and the overall data traffic and number of connected devices are low These switches are plug-and-play and are well suited for smaller or less complex applications such as dismounted soldier or SUAS where devices just need to be able to communicate with each other. Unmanaged switches cannot be configured locally or remotely according to the requirements of a network. Unmanaged switches often come with LED indicators to help you verify that there is connectivity between the port and the Ethernet cable. But that’s it. Functional yet simple.

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Ethernet for JLTV

New Military Tactical Vehicles Will Rely on Ethernet Backbones for both Vehicle and Soldier Survivability

We recently wrote about Future Soldier applications for Ethernet backbones for advanced weapon and communication systems that will enhance soldiers’ survival and effectiveness by augmenting command and control (C&C), lethality, mobility, and sustainability. But Ethernet backbones will have a much bigger job. For next-generation giants like armored vehicles and trucks, Ethernet will be a key technology of the network that will not only enhance the survivability of the soldiers, but enhance the survivability of the these vehicles that will be used for infantry combat, command, reconnaissance, and armored utility applications.

One such program is the joint light tactical vehicle (JLTV), a new support vehicle program being developed by the US forces, specifically the US Army, USSOCOM, and the Marine Corps to replace the rapidly aging and outmoded high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle (HMMWV), the design of which is over 25 years old. The JLTVs specific requirements are that it would be: more mechanically reliable, maintainable (with onboard diagnostics), all-terrain mobile, and equipped to link into current and future tactical data nets.

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