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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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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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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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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Image of AEODRS UGV

The Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) is a Navy-sponsored program for developing a new generation of open, modular robotic systems. The military services have successfully used ground robots in the fight against terror over the past decade. In addition, U.S. and international law enforcement agencies have experienced the benefit of these systems in conducting dangerous and life-threatening tasks that have saved lives throughout the world.

However, there has been a deepening of concern that the lack of interoperability between unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) systems imposes limitations on development and deployment, complicating the integration of advanced technologies and control schemes. The Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) is a new program sponsored by the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV) and currently under test and development at John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL).

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When we think of drones, or UAS, we usually think of small unmanned aircraft used by the military for remote missions, or commercial deployments that are being developed for a myriad of useful applications. But this is a really interesting application of an “unmanned aircraft”. Taking an F-16 and retrofitting it to fly unmanned allows the for some interested testing of air-.  to-missile and sensor technology testing and development.

Check out this cool article and video from Engaget:

Existing drone aircraft are useful for many things, but they make for lousy target practice when you’re testing missiles; they’re rarely as maneuverable as modern fighter jets. Boeing and one of its customers have just shown that there’s a better way, however, by firing a surface-to-air missile at a remote-controlled QF-16.

As you’ll see in the video below, the unmanned aircraft is much nimbler than either a purpose-built vehicle or an aging conversion like the QF-4, and gives weapons a real workout. It even managed to dodge the projectile, although you can’t really say that the shooters missed. The missile was tuned to avoid hitting its target — sensors on both the missile and QF-16 confirmed that the weapon was on track without having to blow up expensive equipment. It’ll be a while longer before the airplane is regularly serving as an aerial punching bag, but this test proves that it’s up to the job.

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/31/qf-16-uav-evades-missile/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595

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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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The MILTECH 919 mounted on an Evaluation Board

Meet the industry’s smallest Gigabit Ethernet Switch for Embedded and Harsh Environments.

Aircraft designers have always had payload maximization as a top priority when designing new products. However, today these designers have been tasked with making vehicles smaller and lighter while still meeting the payload requirements of new, advanced aircraft, UAVs and even unmanned ground vehicles. Continuing on the promise to deliver the industry’s most innovative

MIL-SPEC Ethernet switches that pound the competition in SWAP-C, Techaya is introducing the MILTECH 919 board-level managed gigabit Ethernet switch. It radically lightens payload of weight-sensitive platforms such as SUAS, small UGVs and other aircraft.

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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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