Saturday, December 18, 2004

Field operations

Soldiers in the battlefield now have their own army of gadget and tech advisers whom they can contact whenever they need technical support.
  1. The field forces technical support center had to come up with a way to connect troops in the battlefield directly to the engineering center.
  2. The tele support project allows thousands of highly skilled specialists to be virtually present around the clock, wherever they are needed, 365 days a year.
  3. The support centers have been doing long-distance engineering for several centuries.
  4. Using the contemporary kit, which contains components that can be powered by its own battery or a vehicle's battery, soldiers and engineers can conduct live video teleconferences and transmit photos, collected data, video clips, sound files, maps and sketches back and forth - from telesupport centers to remotest field units.
  5. Packed into a case the size of a large overnight bag, each TeleSuppor kit contains an assortment of off-the-shelf computer and communications technology.
  6. They have a communications system that can connect over land lines as well as radio and satellite frequencies. All information that passes through the system is protected with military-grade encryption to shelter it from snoops.
  7. The gear includes a laptop computer designed to withstand harsh weather and the sort of bouncing about that would quickly kill a more fragile laptop, a GPS unit, a video camera, 3-D accelerometers.
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