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Kamis, 07 Juli 2011

Rugged Technology for the Military

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Creating new technology for the military has never been an easy task. Building computers and other devices that last against the forces of nature and men involves a lot of engineering and a bit of creativity. Perhaps that is why so many worldwide technology and defense firms have begun to work together to push the newest and latest technologies into practical use for the military.

One common question is whether or not smart phones or tablets have seen widespread military application. According to DRS Tactical Systems, a tablet computer was already in service with most NATO militaries. The tablet featured many of the same capabilities and specifications of the i Pad, but without the glossy exterior. The tablet was designed to last in adverse conditions and take a lot of concussive force before sustaining any damage.
These tablets, while a bit larger than the consumer edition, are meant to be carried everywhere on the battlefield. They are equipped with proprietary military software that interacts with GPS data and military satellites to collect and display contextual information about a mission.
While this all sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, it's real science. While consumer technology grows smaller and smaller, the military needs to compete with commercially-available gear while ensuring that it's rugged enough to be hauled through a battle scenario.
Think about all of the environments that the military encounters. They march through woodlands, deserts, and polar areas. It is natural to assume that snow, sand, and other impurities could easily soak their way into your everyday consumer laptop when subjected to this kind of stress test.
The military doesn't just focus on rugged products. They want the top processors and hardware available, and this involves a lot of interesting innovation when those processors and components take up a lot of space. The resilience of the device is essential, but so are the actual performance levels of the computer. How well can it render audio and video content, and what formats can it not play?
Since the military is interested in making long-range satellite links with their technology in data and operations centers, it isn't uncommon to find an extended Wi-Fi or satellite antenna on military-grade technology. Transferring information over a long distance is essential, especially when receiving new data from within enemy territory.
So long as war continues between men, there will always be innovators looking for better ways to integrate consumer technology into military situations.

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