EIZO Exhibits at Sea Air Space 2022 – Event Highlights

During the first week of April, EIZO Rugged Solutions exhibited at the Navy League’s, Sea-Air-Space global maritime exposition at National Harbor, Maryland. Sea-Air-Space is a three-day, international event that featured live exhibits of Unmanned Surface Vehicles, tactical ISR boats, flight simulators, Virtual Reality (VR) systems, and included an outdoor exhibit with a 88-ft high-speed vessel. This years’ event focused on the emerging technologies that provide the Warfighter with powerful capabilities to execute multi-domain missions with precision and confidence. Open systems architecture, Artificial Intelligence (AI) /Deep Learning, real-time sensor processing, and At-the-Edge computing, are common trends for future technology in mission-critical applications. 

EIZO Rugged Solutions and partner company, Cambridge Pixel, demonstrated innovative hardware and software solutions targeted for naval ISR and mission control applications such as radar tracking, sensor fusion, radar recording, AI/machine learning, GPGPU processing, video capture, object tracking, and data analysis.

Didn’t make it to this year’s event? Keep reading for a full recap of what EIZO Rugged Solutions showcased at the 2022 event.

Rugged LCD Monitors for Naval Display Applications

Available in a range of sizes, screen resolutions, and various touch screen options, the Talon series of rugged LCD monitors provide military and naval operations with a durable screen solution that provides detailed visual images to operators. Developed using the latest image technology, our military-grade LCD monitors offer real-time image enhancement capabilities, surface coatings for optimal viewing clarity, and are compatible with Night Vision Goggles (NVIS) for nighttime missions. 

Rugged Monitors for Naval Display Systems 

Talon RGD2102W – 21.5″ rugged COTS LCD monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution, optional NVIS support
Talon RGD2401W – 24.1″ rugged COTS LCD monitor with 1920 x 1200 resolution
Talon RGD2802 – 28″ rugged COTS LCD monitor with 2048 x 2048 resolution
Talon RGD3202W – 32″ rugged COTS LCD monitor with 3840 x 2160 resolution

The Talon series of LCD monitors are available with various ruggedized features such as sunlight readability, water resistance with IP65 (front), built-in heaters, and conformal coating to protect components. EIZO offers projective capacitive (PCAP), surface capacitive, and resistive capacitive touchscreen options to meet the various needs of the defense and aerospace market.

Talon RGD3202W and Cambridge Pixel's GPS Assist

The Talon RGD3202W is a 32-inch rugged LCD monitor with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) native resolution, which is four times that of Full HD, for displaying highly detailed rugged applications in full across a spacious screen. It also supports simultaneous display from more than one input so multiple applications can be viewed on a single screen, providing operators with a centralized view of important information for situational awareness.

The Talon RGD3202W offers EIZO’s SwitchLink internal switching management technology as an option. SwitchLink enables seamless switching of keyboard, mouse, and dynamic touch input without the need for an external KVM switch. Up to four video signal feeds can be connected to the monitor operated by a single keyboard and mouse.

COTS Hardware for Video Processing & Data-Driven Missions

Optimized for low size, weight and power, (SWaP), the Adapt ruggedized video converters are a simple COTS solution for complex video systems. Customers often need to support several legacy monitors with various input formats. Support of such monitors may require special graphics/video boards, incurring  NRE, long lead-times, etc. Alleviating the need for board re-designs, the Adapt video format converters enable the use of the newer off-the-shelf rugged graphics cards with DisplayPort outputs to support DVI or VGA. 

For real-time sensor systems, EW (Electronic Warfare), unmanned systems, and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) applications, EIZO designs and  manufactures of high-performance graphics, video capture, GPGPU processing, and encoding solutions designed for both I/O-intensive and compute-intensive environments. EIZO’s OpenVPX and XMC form factor GPGPU processing cards feature NVIDIA’s GPUs, capable of real-time AI inferencing, Machine Learning, image analysis, image enhancement, 360° video stitching, encoding, and video streaming. The products are designed to open architecture standards with the ability to customize I/O configurations such as 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, RS-343, STANAG 3350, ARINC 818, CoaXPress, and CVBS (NTSC/PAL).

For sensor-driven and video-intensive workloads, the Tyton VS2X is a processing powerhouse featuring eight high-performance H.265 / H.264 encoding cores with SDI VANC KLV metadata support. The Tyton VS2X is a powerful stand-alone rugged H.265 (HEVC) / H.264 video/audio encoding and streaming solution,  encodes and streams four 3G/HD/SD-SDI or CVBS (NTSC/PAL) video inputs simultaneously.

3D Radar Tracking and New Anti-GPS Spoofing or Jamming Technology

Cambridge Pixel demonstrated their newest radar software package – SPx Tracker-3D. SPx Tracker-3D is a software-based radar tracker for applications of 3D tracking and tracking from electronically scanned (non-rotating) radars. The software receives plot detections from the radar sensor to create and maintain target tracks, which can then be output in ASTERIX format for external display or fusion processing. The software can track up to up to 4000 targets, is compatible with Windows or Linux, has automatic track initiation, fully-configurable target dynamics, radar coverage prediction, RHI display and many other features. The application was designed for radar manufacturers and integrators working within surveillance and air defense who are looking to reliably track difficult targets in complex 3D environments. When combined with any number of military radars, this 3D tracker provides a step change in capability, particularly in the multi-mode and Counter-UAS applications.

3D Radar Tracker

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is critical to navigation and is widely relied upon by mariners as it is considered easy to use, reliable and accurate. Accurate GPS is also essential for dynamic positioning on platform supply vessels and semi-submersible drilling rigs. 

However, it is possible to hack, spoof or jam a GPS signal to disrupt a vessel’s path, and such situations could have serious consequences for situational awareness at sea. Despite it being illegal, GPS spoofing and jamming is on the rise right across the globe, and costs to your mission or project can be significant, in terms of time and financial losses as well as safety of staff or critical infrastructure. 

Cambridge Pixel’s engineers have developed a radar-based software to compensate for the loss or error of GPS information. It is called GPS Assist and uses data from your existing maritime radar to estimate the latitudinal/longitudinal position of a ship or USV by comparing received radar data with expected radar returns that are predicted from the appearance of local terrain and shorelines. The calculated position is then compared with GPS-received position, with errors being used to infer missing, spoofed or jammed GPS signals. When this is detected, GPS Assist raises an alarm and creates its own stream of NMEA-based navigation data with the goal of providing emergency navigational information.

For a full recap of the products displayed at Sea-Air-Space, watch this video


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