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The US Navy Wants Electronic Weapons that “go to 11”

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The US Navy is courting proposals from defense contractors to design the next generation of electronic warfare (EW) technology. It’s looking for devices that can be used to jam enemy radar and missile systems and deceive hostile forces—and the service branch wants equipment that “goes to 11.”

“The saying is, ‘He who controls the electronic spectrum controls the world,’” Stanton Parsons, a former Navy pilot who flew the radar-jamming EA-6A Electric Intruder airplane, told Quartz. “If you don’t control the electronic warfare spectrum, you will lose.”

Reflecting the Navy’s increasing use of small, unmanned ships and drones to augment and extend the capabilities of its existing force, the service branch is looking for ways to use a multitude of these devices to at once create an antenna capable of sending out radio frequencies with the power equivalent to those emitted from “black hole jets” or “gamma ray bursts,” according to documents from a Navy presentation given to defense contractors last month and posted in a federal contracting database.

A nod to Spinal Tap in a page from the US Navy’s presentation to defense contractors given last month.

Those celestial bodies generate extremely large amounts of power at incredibly high frequencies, which “would be very hard to defeat if you’re using that as a sensing technology,” Bryan Clark, a former special assistant to the US chief of naval operations and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a national security research institute in Washington DC, told Quartz. “Because to jam it an adversary would have to generate equivalent power and generate at a very high frequency,” he added.

Clark said that such technology would also potentially be capable of frying enemy electronics with the amount of radiation it generated.

While electronic warfare has been a priority for the US defense community since World War II, Clark said that recent advances by Russian and Chinese militaries have ramped up US interest in the technology.

Radar systems send out radio waves that bounce off a target and return to the receiver, supplying data about the object’s size, speed, and location. Electronic countermeasures send signals at specific frequencies calibrated to confuse or render useless enemy systems.

“A radar has an electronic signature, a certain radio frequency. If we have it already recorded, we know how to go against it,” Parsons said. “If it’s something new, everybody gets excited to delve into that system. ‘What is this, we haven’t seen it before.’ Who’s got the latest thing? How can we exploit it so it can’t be used against us? That’s the state of warfare.” (content credit: By Justin Rohrlich & Dave Gershgorn, 

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From Turkeys to Turn-Keys??

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Last week, millions of Americans unwrapped a shrink-wrapped turkey for Thanksgiving. If so, they owe thanks to electron beams, which made the shrink-wrapping possible. But the electron beam can do a lot more: It can sterilize medical equipment, treat wastewater and print metal parts. Industrial accelerators that generate these electron beams are rapidly expanding. The Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) is on a mission to build a high-power, compact, superconducting electron beam accelerator that will serve all of these purposes.

High-power linear electron accelerators are typically made of structures called cavities, which impart energy to the particle beam, thrusting it forward. One such cavity is the superconducting radio-frequency, or SRF, cavity, which requires extremely cold temperatures to operate. These machines use liquid helium to maintain the temperature necessary for sustaining superconductivity. Liquid-helium operation demands complex infrastructure: a liquefaction plant, distribution lines, gas recovery, purification systems, and cavity cryomodules that can withstand high pressure. Although such an infrastructure is appropriate for large-scale research accelerators, it can be too complex and costly for industrial applications. The barrier is the need for ultracold liquid helium.

With Fermilab’s never-say-impossible spirit, our team at IARC has broken this barrier. We have for the first-time cooled an active radio-frequency cavity to cryogenic temperatures without the use of liquid helium. We achieved this by connecting a cavity to a commercially available cryocooler, using a Fermilab-patented technology.

As with any exciting experiment, connecting the cavity to the cryocooler was a significant task that required investigating various materials and designing custom components. Our team produced niobium conduction rings and connected them to the cavity shell using electron-beam welding. They also developed niobium-aluminum joints that allowed heat to flow easily from the cavity to the cryocooler. To generate heat into the cavity, the team used a simple plug-and-play radio-frequency driver, as in laboratory accelerators.

Electromagnetic gradients are generated within SRF cavities; stronger gradients impart more energy to the beam. This first-ever cryogen‑free operation produced a gradient of 0.5 megavolts per meter on a single-cell, 650-MHz niobium cavity. We plan on achieving gradients up to 10 megavolts per meter by using higher-capacity cryocoolers and capitalizing on other recent advances in cavity technology. The team is exploring the application of conduction cooling technology to higher frequencies, multicell cavities, and other radio-frequency structures.

Replacing liquid helium with plug-and-play cryocoolers makes SRF accelerators accessible to industry by making accelerators into simple, turn-key systems. (content credit: November 28, 2018, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, phys.org/news).


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Is the U.S. Falling Behind in the Fierce Race to 5G?

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A big auction is the latest in America’s race to 5G.

If you’re shopping for holiday tech, you’ll probably see a bunch of devices being marketed as 5G ready. 5G is of course the next generation of super fast internet, but it needs infrastructure — more bandwidth for streaming videos, games and connecting the ever-growing Internet of Things.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to open up that bandwidth by auctioning off little-used parts of publicly owned airwaves, portions that may not have been useful for 3G or 4G, but are now in very high demand. Find out why here.

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Five Tips for Project Management During the Holiday Season Rush.

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Well the holiday season and all that it brings is about to officially begin!  And before we know it… this year will quickly be coming to an end.

While your thoughts may be diverted to parties, festivities, and good cheer, you are likely nervously drifting to the open projects that you and your team have not yet completed; jobs underway that aren’t quite finished, and the pressures of more to come next year.

So before you carve that turkey, trim the tree, light the candles, or pop the bubbly, now is the time to “reset”. This doesn’t mean you scratch all that’s been done…because let’s face it, that’s just not realistic, but it does mean there is time to reassess, regroup, and even get ahead for 2019!

Here are five good ways to close out these last two months and transition into the new-year better and more efficiently, so you can enjoy the holidays but still have full command of your professional demands.

1) Take a hard look at how you have used existing systems and processes.

Some of your colleagues probably live and die by certain protocols and procedures but use others very infrequently. Take a step back and determine what works best for you!  Focus on your strengths and those of your team mates. Optimizing everyone’s particular strong-suit is an excellent way to reduce the time spent on a task and also helps to ensure it’s done right the first time. So now is the time collaborate and delegate!

2) Keep moving past the flaws.

Slowing down every time you hit a snag can add a lot of extra time to the  project.  At this point of the year, mark problem spots as you go. Better to come back. Returning to an issue at a slightly later date often brings a clearer mind and better prospective.  That way you can keep the rhythm going. Of course, if a big crucial problem hits, solve it now so it doesn’t send you way off course.

3) Rely on a trusted manufacturer.

Having a strong relationship with an RF/Microwave components manufacturer is an absolute must. A mutually beneficial partnership improves productivity no matter what time of year. It cuts out weeks of delays and is a lot more cost effective, an important factor for buyers and procurement mangers.  An established, long-term RF manufacturer better understands your business and what is important to you! Consequently the service is more efficient, with “grey areas” disappearing and any issues which do arise are handled hassle-free.

4) Outsourcing is the answer.

Could you potentially put together a cable assembly? Maybe…or maybe not. But is now really the time for weeks of trial and error?  The answer is a definitive no! Sourcing components like cable assemblies crafted to exact specifications by experts allows you to spend time more strategically on tasks that only you can do to wrap up the job.

5) Keep your eye on the prize.

When your brain is side-tracked with travel plans, in-laws or finding that perfect gift…. it’s hard to keep focus! It happens to all of us! Let nothing keep you from reaching the finish line. Take just a few minutes to visualize what it means to be finished. Push hard to power through and get it done… then all that’s left to do is have a great and relaxed holiday season!


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TECHNOLOGY FOR BORDER SECURITY

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Sensors, data processing, open systems, and wireless networking are only a few of the enabling technologies for securing the nation’s borders and critical infrastructure.

Refugees and immigrants, legal and illegal, are moving across the globe in numbers not seen since World War II, stressing the politics and security capabilities of dozens of nations. While this phenomenon has been divisive and costly, it is not something upper tier nations were unable to handle previously, even if it took a generation or two to fully assimilate the new population segments.

Today, however, an already complicated issue has been made more complex — and potentially devastating — to the target nations by the presence of far more criminals and terrorists, some from well-organized and -funded organizations, some “freelance” fanatics, but all carrying the potential for violence and chaos.

The situation has grown beyond the capabilities of traditional human and dog patrols, official manned checkpoints at borders, seaports, and airports, and coastal water patrols. The reaction by individual nations across the world has ranged from significantly raising the level of vetting new arrivals to increasing security checks at official entry points, adding more border patrols, limiting the number of new arrivals allowed, or trying to close their borders to all new immigrants.

The problem is especially acute for the United States, whose only two land borders include the world’s longest with Canada (5,500 miles) and nearly 2,000 miles with Mexico — both largely desolate — plus 95,000 miles of shoreline, 15,000 airports, and government and military facilities in nearly every nation on Earth.

“The simple issue of building a physical versus a smart barrier, where 21st Century technologies are used, is a battle that has just begun,” Nelson Balido, CEO, Border Com-merce & Security Council, said in an interview with Institute for Defense & Government Advancement (IDGA) before its 2017 Homeland Security Weekconference.

 

STANDARDIZED PROCESSES

What border security authorities also need are standardized processes for surveillance and reconnaissance, says Emily Keplar, intelligence functional manager at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, who oversees intelligence collection and reporting.

The DHS needs ways to establish multi-layered intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) plans that align resources and command structures to synchronize DHS activities, Keplar says.

“We have to provide timely intelligence to our DHS components and our federal, state, local, and tribal partners, allowing a proactive approach rather than strictly a reactive approach to threats,” Keplar says. “Infrastructure and architecture will be key to generating actionable intelligence. Ensuring we have proper connectivity to sensors, customers, and decision-makers is critical… Finding new solutions and sharing existing resources is becoming more necessary.”

The DHS Silicon Valley Innova-tion Program — a partnership of high-tech industry, DHS Science & Technology (S&T), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — is working to enhance the situational awareness of Border Patrol agents who often operate in harsh terrain under extreme physical conditions, with backup often miles away. In an April 2017 Customs and Border Protection blog entry, Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan wrote that one of the most successful initiatives under the program involves small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Border security is a hotbed of new technologies, but sometimes the best solutions have been in use for hundreds of years, as Border Patrol agents still rely on horses for use in difficult terrain.

Border security is a hotbed of new technologies, but sometimes the best solutions have been in use for hundreds of years, as Border Patrol agents still rely on horses for use in difficult terrain.

“Developing technologies and capabilities to secure our hardware and software platforms is critical for deploying SUAS [small unmanned aircraft system] technology,” McAleenan wrote. “We have been looking for technologies that will help adapt SUAS platforms for use in Customs and Border Protection, and specifically border patrol missions, such as new sensors, user interfaces for law enforcement officers, and cybersecurity.

“We have received a number of proposals from quality companies who have applied for the program and we view this interest, and the success of these companies thus far, as a sign of great things to come with respect to Customs and Border Protection and S&T’s collaborative efforts with the technology community,” McAleenan added.

Advances in technology in the 21st Century’s first two decades have resulted in smaller, lighter, faster, more capable, and more mobile platforms, sensor fusion, data analysis, and automatic targeted distribution.

“The technologies are a mixture of things that have advanced, in some cases, slower than the commercial industry, which has been pushed by smartphones,” says Keith Riser, an identity intelligence engineer at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

BIOMETRICS

“In the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the focus has been on fingerprints and imperfect environments,” Riser says. “We’re looking to move toward more commercial sensors in the future. Mobile devices that adhere to the same set of standards open a larger set of devices that can be used by the DOD. Fingerprints, eyes, face are the primary uses now.” Riser is part of CERDEC’s Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance & Targeting (ISRT) activity.

ISRT’s fielded technologies to help warfighters secure borders, checkpoints, and U.S. military and government facilities overseas include Tactical Reconnaissance & Counter-concealment Enabled Radar (TRACER); Vehicle and Dismount Enabled Radar (VADER); Wolfhound Handheld Threat Warning System; Vigilant Pursuit; and Distributed Common Ground System–Army (DCGS-A).

Upgraded Remote Video Surveillance System sensors are taking their place in U.S. border security.

Upgraded Remote Video Surveillance System sensors are taking their place in U.S. border security.

TRACER enables long-range, wide area detection of targets under camouflage, concealment, and deception conditions and mapping for complex environments. It enhances situational awareness by detecting small roadside targets and buried weapons caches through onboard image formation and change detection.

VADER is an advanced Ku-band ground moving target indicator radar that can detect and track moving vehicles and pedestrians. It also can provide wide- and small-area air-to-ground moving target indication, high-range resolution target scanning, real-time (or forensic analysis) detection of large numbers of targets, and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imaging of fixed targets.

Wolfhound fills coverage gaps and other limitations of traditional systems through frequency threat and direction finding. The handheld device enables warfighters to geo-locate spotter positions and observation posts.

Vigilant Pursuit combines human intelligence and signals intelligence from any source. Its information helps soldiers identify persons of interest and uses cross-cuing and tipping to help with decision-making in the field. It hosts DCGS-A workstations, dismounted human intelligence collection, and several National Security Agency (NSA) enterprise solutions. DCGS-A is the Army’s primary system for posting data, processing information, and disseminating ISR information.

While not developed specifically for border security or immigration control, each of those systems can be applied to elements of the Army’s overseas missions in both areas. They also could be modified for use by DHS in patrolling U.S. land borders, shorelines, official ports of entry, and coastal waters.

DUAL-USE TECHNOLOGIES

ISRT research programs look at how sensors can share biometric data. How CERDEC and DHS interact in this effort can be seen in the Automated Biometric Identification System — called ABIS by the military, IDENT by DHS.

Both provide centralized, system-wide storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information for national security, immigration and border management, and intelligence and background investigations.

“You first take an individual’s fingerprints and eye scans, which enrolls them in IDENT, says CERDEC’s Riser. “The goal is to have an authoritative response within three minutes. Another aspect is a watch list on the devices themselves. These can provide a lot of nuances indicating why the individual is there.

“These basically offer a passive defense. If you can identify someone who has malicious intent before they cross a perimeter, you can detain them for further screening. That improves soldier safety without targeting an entire group,” Riser says.

Unmanned ground vehicles are taking a role in border and perimeter security to block drug smugglers and other intruders.

DHS is converting the 20-year-old Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) sensor towers into hosts for an improved RVSS developed by General Dynamics Information Technology in Fairfax, Va. As part of that program for Customs and Border Protection, General Dynamics also developed and is field-testing a mobile, relocatable version called R-RVSS.

“We were able to bring a modern, current system that updates electro-optical and infrared, but also includes a laser illuminator, spotlight, a loud hailer, all as integrated components,” says Robert Gilbert, senior program director at General Dynamics Information Technology. Gilbert is a retired chief of the Customs and Border Protection agency.

“The operator in the command center can click the mike and tell people what to do, including warning an agent of someone he may not see,” Gilbert says. “It significantly reduces the time agents previously wasted responding to false alarms. The system also can see into Mexico, giving Border Patrol field leadership knowledge they did not have before so they can deploy their human assets where they are most needed. It is a phenomenal deterrent. Anyone looking at crossing the border illegally or smuggling drugs can see these systems and know they are being observed.”

UPGRADING LEGACY SYSTEMS

There also are legacy RVSS installations on the U.S. border with Canada. Gilbert says he expects that expanding the use of RVSS on the U.S. and Canadian border will replicate what is being done on the Southwest border — upgrading legacy installations and expanding into new areas as they update their requirements.

The stationary RVSS is mounted on towers, poles. Upgrades are in progress on 70 sites in Arizona and 80 in Texas. The R-RVSS uses a retractable mast as high as 80 feet mounted on self-sustaining trailers that can run for as long as 45 days, and then change locations in less than a day.

Border Patrol agents for decades have relied on sensor towers, yet these are giving way to networks of fixed and mobile sensors for enhanced situational awareness.

Border Patrol agents for decades have relied on sensor towers, yet these are giving way to networks of fixed and mobile sensors for enhanced situational awareness.

General Dynamics also has installed a pilot Law Enforcement Application Platform (LEAP) at Los Angeles International Airport. LEAP is designed to detect perimeter intrusions along the airport’s fence line. Its components and sensors correlate with more than 3,000 cameras that General Dynamics is deploying throughout the massive facility. Gilbert believes LEAP also may be of interest to the Border Patrol.

“The primary application we’ve been looking at, especially in airports, is facial recognition,” says Peter Howard, senior business development director at General Dynamics Information Technology. “We also have License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology, which we look at as enhancements to the video system. We can bring in a number of sensors in a common operating picture.”

Customs and Border Protection is demonstrating facial recognition exit technology at five high-traffic U.S. airports and is collaborating with airlines to integrate facial recognition technology into passenger gates at three others. The agency notes there are several laws directing DHS to record the arrival and departure of non-U.S. citizens.

“You never know what new and cool technology is starting to emerge and the potential for that technology to be integrated into the immigration process,” says Paul Hunter, chief of biometrics strategy at DHS U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). Hunter made his comments in an interview with IDGA prior to the July 2017 Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement International conference.

“Voice holds a lot of promise in the digital age,” Hunter says. “Facial recognition holds huge potential to improve and eliminate face-to-face interaction with the government. Person-centric processing versus form-based is the next leap in transformation.”

Federal authorities are converting the 20-year-old Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) sensor towers into hosts for an improved RVSS system.

Federal authorities are converting the 20-year-old Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) sensor towers into hosts for an improved RVSS system.

IDENT, developed in the 1990s, will be replaced by a new system, Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), to handle the growth of stored biometric identities, says Shonnie Lyon, acting director of the DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management. The number of biometric identities has risen from hundreds of thousands initially to more than 200 million.

“HART will deliver more robust performance, greater capacity and functionality, and multi-modal matching, storing, and sharing capabilities,” Lyon said in an accompanying interview. “Another challenge is the pace of change in the biometrics and identity space. Technological advances and customer demands are moving so quickly that, in many cases, an overall policy framework has not yet been developed.”

SAFEGUARDING PRIVACY

An additional challenge relates to balancing privacy and mission needs, Lyon explains. “Privacy protection is of utmost importance. Balancing the natural tension between a commitment to privacy protection and the need to exchange biometric data means we need to be especially vigilant in what data is shared and with whom.”

Several technologies are in the works to enhance the speed, accuracy, and safety of border security. Those include palm prints, DNA, gait, space between the eyes, license plate recognition, and vehicle detection and tracking.

Palm prints can be lifted from bombs or fragments, and can be stored in IDENT. Federal experts still are considering how to tie DNA into their processes for screening refugees and immigrants in border operations, identifying family lines, and augmenting existing forensic processes. DNA is expected to have a much more significant role in the next five to ten years.

Gait, or how someone walks, is unique. A gait that differs significantly from the norm may indicate a suspect is carrying a heavy or dangerous load. Micro-expressions and Interocular Distance (space between the eyes) could benefit down the road. License plate recognition and vehicle detection and tracking could help resolve any questions before a suspect is close to human guards. LPR is more common in the U.S.

“Any of those new modalities require creating ways to collect and store them on the database, then put into the watch list, and match them in real time,” CERDEC’s Riser says. “We’re definitely looking at data collection and dissemination from any platform, but we also want to move processing into the cloud, so the collection device is agnostic. The goal remains providing a rapid response following data collection.”

Another CERDEC directorate, Night Vision & Electronic Sensors (NVESD) at Fort Belvoir, Va., estab-lished a counter-terrorism branch shortly after 9/11 to develop electro-optical threat sensors. Their current focus is on perimeter security.

“We began working about 10 years ago with DHS on joint urgent operational requirements called Base Expeditionary Targeting Surveillance Systems−Combined (BETSS-C),” says Len Ramboyong, chief of the NVESD Counter-Terrorism Branch. “That resulted in a group of force protection equipment used for perimeter security. Part of that suite was a system called Cerberus, consisting of visual and infrared imaging, unattended ground sensors, and radars to detect targets.”

A major drawback with BETSS-C was the inability of five or six of its different systems to talk to each other. Each had to have its own operator sending information into a technical operations center to make sense of the different inputs. That led to a real push for interoperability in the systems CERDEC developed later.

RESOLUTION AND DEPLOYABILITY

“We are working on enhancements that will go into the Ground-Based Operational Surveillance System-Expeditionary (GBOSS-E) to meet a new requirement for better resolution and be more deployable, so they can be moved easily without a large logistic footprint,” Ramboyong says. “We’re working on sensor resolution, improving processing speed, and algorithm development that will allow us to more quickly identify targets, bring in some automation, and reduce operator reaction time, while enabling better sharing of information by making the systems more interoperable.”

NVESD is developing on systems to increase stand-off capabilities and enable users to detect individuals and vehicles at longer distances. Processing and resolution enhancements will enable faster detection of anomalies, with some of the detection capabilities becoming more automated. That does not include the use of artificial intelligence (AI), Ramboyong adds, which, while potentially helpful, is still too early in development.

“There are a lot of different AI technologies, so we have to identify the proper one for each application, given the environment and mission, finding something that will enhance, rather than hinder, the system,” agrees Gilbert of General Dynamics. “When you integrate technology, if you haven’t done due diligence, you may create problems you didn’t have before, so you have to make sure any improvement is an actual improvement. At this point, we’re not yet ready to deploy AI.”

CYBERSECURITY

As is true throughout electronic high-tech, these systems will be targeted by hackers. This has placed ever-higher requirements on network and system security.

“Everything is moving from wired to wireless connections,” points out Chris Collura, sales director in the federal sector of Ruckus Wireless Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif. “New security technology doesn’t work if it isn’t simple to expand and deploy in a world where all our tools are needed everywhere, all the time. If I need to move a checkpoint, even if just to the other side of an airport, the only way to do that quickly is with a wireless network.

“We have security mechanisms to allow different devices to connect only to the right networks,” Collura says. “Next-generation security is not only for mobile phones, but also to ensure sensors are on the right network and no one else can connect with them. Bandwidth and reliability, in general, have advanced to give wireless connections comparable capability to wired, which was impossible just five years ago. That has been a game-changer.”

Wireless networks and miniaturization of power and sensors have allowed cameras to move away from buildings or even fixed locations and be mounted on UAVs, unmanned ground vehicles, aerostats, and possibly unmanned surface vessels. That increases the area covered and the amount of data gathered.

At the same time, the imposition of government standards to certify wired and wireless networks has become a key to cybersecurity.

“If something happens, next-gen, certificate-based security allows me to force something off the network and require it to re-authenticate,” Collura says. “Having devices pre-authorized to join the network before deployment limits the ability of someone to interfere with those.”

Technology advancements in security systems have been spec-tacular in the past few years, but also have increased the need to secure deployed technology, and prevent the use of “backdoors” in U.S. technology.

“The problem with miniaturization is whether the data remains with the sensor or is sent back,” Collura says. “It’s not just one or two devices now, either, but a lot of different sensors. One thing we’re working on is different technology from Bluetooth to LTE to Wi-Fi to make a single, secure network managing all that.”

All the technologies for border and perimeter security are designed to increase speed, accuracy, and safety in dealing with millions of people on the move worldwide. They also raise numerous questions about privacy, system security, integration, and interoperability.

“Operating in gray areas is going to become more and more common,” CERDEC’s Riser says. “In the future, we are likely to be dealing with huge numbers of individuals, so having this capability in place now will help then because we won’t have to target everyone.

“As we move forward, we will increase the speed and how we parse our sensing, increase partnering with industry and academia and leverage our subject matter experts to integrate all that knowledge,” Riser says. “We want to make sure we aren’t creating multiple stovepipes, so if we are developing something someone else also is developing, we can converge to solve both our needs without duplication.”  (Article from October, 2018 issue of Military & Aerospace Electronics, written by J.R. Wilson, published on https://www.militaryaerospace.com, October, 24, 2018) 



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SCIENTIST EXPLORES A BETTER WAY TO PREDICT THE WEATHER IN SPACE

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Findings recently published by a Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) space scientist shed new light on predicting the thermodynamics of solar flares and other “space weather” events involving hot, fast-moving plasmas.

The science of statistical mechanics is one of the pillars of understanding the thermodynamic behavior of phenomena with a large number of particles, such as gases. Classical statistical methods have stood the test of time for describing Earth-bound systems, such as the relatively dense mix of gases that makes up our air, explains Dr. George Livadiotis, a senior research scientist in SwRI’s Space Science and Engineering Division.

At thermal equilibrium, where heat energy is transferred equally among gas particles, their distribution falls into a predictable ratio — lots of low-velocity particles to only a few fast ones. The particles move chaotically, colliding with each other frequently. A statistical equation, known as a Maxwell-Boltzmann or Maxwellian distribution, accurately characterizes how this mix of particles of different speeds will be distributed on Earth.

However, Livadiotis says, things are different in space, which is actually not empty but filled with plasma, the so-called fourth state of matter. Plasma consists of electrically charged particles — it’s neither gas, liquid nor solid, although it often behaves like a gas.

Space plasma like the solar wind that flows outward from the Sun has a higher ratio of fast-moving particles. Unlike gases on Earth, they are “correlated,” mostly moving in the same direction so they experience fewer collisions with each other. For this set of circumstances, the Maxwellian distribution model no longer works well.

Livadiotis has confirmed that a separate statistical equation, called “Kappa,” is more applicable for space phenomena.

Kappa is the mathematical equation that describes the distribution of particle velocities at thermal equilibrium when there are correlations among particle velocities, as is typical for collision-less space particle systems.

“The Kappa equation calculates the distribution of particle velocities at thermal equilibrium when streams of fast-moving particles are moving en masse,” he said. “That is the typical situation for particle systems such as space plasmas.”

Kappa not only predicts space plasma particle distributions better, but also characterizes their thermodynamic behavior better than the Maxwellian model, Livadiotis says. This relates to what happens when extremely hot solar wind plasma crashes into Earth’s protective blanket of magnetically charged particles, known as the magnetosphere.

“Kappa distributions allowed scientists to make the first temperature measurements of the outer heliosphere,” Livadiotis says. “With Kappa, we can dramatically improve our understanding of the nature and properties of space matter, whether it is the solar wind, flares and coronal mass ejections, or rare and more extreme phenomena like cosmic rays.” (content provided by: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), www.swri.org, 1022.18).


SO WHAT EXACTLY IS SPACE WEATHER ?

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“Conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health.”

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Reachable Resource. Shops Must Consider Investing in Technology.

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Combating talent pool drain,  shops of all sizes must consider investing in technology to alleviate pain points on the shop floor.

October 2018 – Pockets of lost productivity are hiding behind the bustle of the fab shop floor, slowly eating away at profits and productivity.

As manpower recedes, fab shops can automate repeatable or dangerous tasks to better allocate skilled hands and minds elsewhere along the production line. Talent is a valuable commodity and whether you’re a one-person operation or employ hundreds, well-thought-out automation solutions can resolve problems and deliver opportunities.“Our customers aren’t just choosing talent from a shallow pool. In many areas it’s like it has been totally drained,” says Acieta Segment Manager of Fabrication Chris Poole. “Hiring is a full time job. Automating is ideal for dangerous, repetitive or mind-numbing, simple jobs.”But a quick fix isn’t the answer when considering a shift to robotics. The trick to automating any size shop isn’t always about installing a robot, says Dan Allford, president at Arc Specialties, which builds machines that automate metal fab shops. “Smaller shops aren’t going to have a robotics expert on staff,” he says. “So the part of their production they hate is the part they think they need to automate—that’s not always the case.”

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At Tube Supply in Houston, “Rosie,” named after the robot maid in the cartoon, The Jetsons, frees up workers to take on more complicated tasks.

Recently, Allford worked with a company south of Houston that fabricates metal pipe supports. The company wanted him on site to consult about their desire for a robotic welding cell. “As I walked through the shop, I noticed the way they were cutting I-beams was antiquated, using an old magnetic cutting torch. I figured out what they really needed was a robotic plasma-cutting station. The plan resolved their problems and they have yet to install a welding machine,” he says. “Sometimes the solution you think your shop needs isn’t always the case after further inspection.”

The smallest shop Allford worked with consisted of one man fabricating valves. “We went in and designed a machine to automate the process. Soon he purchased seven more machines and ended up selling his company for more than the cost of the machines he bought from me—by a long shot. He’s retired now, raising exotic animals,” Allford says.

Robots are increasingly easier to use and adapting their functions to smaller shops is growing. According to Gudrun Litzenberger, general secretary of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), “Not every industry has a vast resource of expert production engineers on board, the automotive industry being an exception. Robots that are uncomplicated to use are therefore essential for industries other than automotive, to be able to sustain efficient and flexible manufacturing.”

Next-gen engagement

Advanced technology isn’t meant to simply replace people. “A combination of tech and talent still matters,” Acieta’s Poole says. “In order for companies to attract the best talent from this younger workforce, they need to show that their operation is looking to the future and investing in technology that will keep workers interested and engaged with the work they do.”

Fabricators compete for the same dwindling talent pool. Investing in new technologies is an important part of attracting new talent, says Willem Sundblad, CEO of Oden Technologies, which provides data acquisition hardware and process analytics software for manufacturers. Shops needn’t overhaul equipment either. Analytical tools can connect to machines new and old.

“You can easily double your efficiency without purchasing new equipment or undergoing a massive factory overhaul, just by understanding your current process,” Sundblad says. “Shops find that they can become more productive just by allowing their teams to solve more problems faster and be as efficient as possible.”

Oden Technologies was formed because so much value was being lost in manufacturing due to quality or performance issues occurring on the shop floor, Sundblad continues. “Using data and analytics means making two engineers or operators as productive as 10. [Our] devices connect to machines and analyzes information for engineers so they can pinpoint where and how to make improvements to close loop controls, automation, and recipes, just to name a few.”

Acieta’s Poole says his company is “buried in work” with customers requesting help automating their shops. “Wherever there is a repeat job situation, automating is worth the effort,” he advises. “Over time, lack of labor will make it harder to maintain operations—possibly leaving no choice but to automate. We still have jobs to fill and automating allows shops of all sizes to keep up and grow.”

In fabrication, a seasoned press brake operator is a valuable find. “I’m old enough to remember old-fashioned machinists back when I worked as an engineer designing large machine tools,” recalls Poole. “Today the programmer sends the program to the shop floor where an operator loads it and pushes the right buttons—that’s not a ‘machinist’ as we remember it.”

Nonetheless, he insists there’s still a specialized talent involved. “You can’t just put material onto the machine and know it’ll turn out all right. There are variables that a talented operator will know how to handle. If you can automate the simpler tasks, you’re able to reallocate that press brake operator to more complicated and interesting work, keeping everyone happy.”

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Fabrication shops are prime targets for collaborative robots and the “out of box experience” of Universal Robots’ cobots means it takes less than an hour to unpack, mount and program the first simple task.

Standard variations

Automating allows for repeatability throughout the manufacturing process, but the press brake station isn’t the only pain point for fabricators. “Forming parts inconsistently affects welding, assembly and other downstream processes—one guy might work the material differently from the next. Between multiple [stations], multiple shifts—there’s a potential for variation and error that automating will eliminate,” Poole says.

Robots are used on shop floors as a workforce multiplier. “We focus on robotics in a collaborative setting,” says Rethink Robotics Product Manager Mike Fair. “Customers that are having a difficult time retaining or finding new talent can get tasks done using ‘cobots.’ We help [each customer] figure out which tasks are the best fit.”

The chairman of Trellidor Israel Group, a security barrier manufacturer, says he discovered Rethink Robotics at an exhibition. “We have quite a few big robots dedicated to one job and we wanted a more flexible robot that could do many odd jobs, especially taking a part from a stand to a press for punching and then packing,” explains Henry Zimmerman. As a result, workers previously burdened with manual tasks were freed to work on other, more complex processes.

The power of data

The immense worth of the data produced when automating might be overlooked to the detriment of a shop’s bottom line potential. “It goes beyond automating processes,” says Sundblad. “Without analytics, automating may not help you. One common misconception is that the tools used to help determine where inefficiencies lie are not accessible to smaller operations. That’s simply not true.”

Metrics are revealing and using that data to plan for the future is an integral part of surviving as a business.

“Staff shortages and high operator turnovers aren’t going to change,” Sundblad says. “Really the only thing companies can do is invest in technology systems that will allow them to be as efficient and productive as they can be. Passing the domain knowledge from the retiring workforce is crucial.”

Everyone is scrambling to figure out how to use Industry 4.0, and “it seems daunting, especially to smaller shops,” he says, but it’s an affordable necessity. “The question for smaller operations is whether they can afford not to automate.”

Rummaging through a morass of buzzwords like automation and IoT can be overwhelming. Companies like Bridgr in Quebec sift through the jargon and bridge the gap between adapting technology and staying competitive. “I work with manufacturing shops and understand how the assembly and production lines work,” explains Amira Boutouchent, Bridgr co-founder and CEO. “By finding out what work stations to automate, we’re able to audit the company and figure out how to best meet needs.”

Bridgr serves as a broker, linking shops with the technologies available to best suit their operations’ goals. “A company might come to us explaining that they believe they need a robot to become more efficient but after some research, our team may find out it’s cheaper to use different software or different tools,” Boutouchent says.

This was the case for a client fabricating parts used in 3D printers. “They told us the numbers and we figured out what software and automation would work without needing to invest in a robot at that time,” Boutouchent says. “The cost of a robot was too high for the things they were doing. Over the next few years, a robot will make sense but, in the meantime, they were able to install cameras and other measures to better automate control.”

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Mundane, repetitive tasks such as machine loading, welding, plasma cutting, deburring, sanding, polishing, riveting and quality inspection are now handled by UR cobots.

Beyond repeatable tasks

At Tube Supply in Houston, Paul Sorensen looks at long-term strategy to stay competitive in the oil fracking sector. “Investing in the future of our industry meant installing robots,” he says. The company employs 70 workers over its three locations spanning North America and fabricates/cuts steel for major oil tool manufacturers.

“Our customers require a lot of pieces of steel in varying lengths,” Sorensen says. “They used to buy full-length steel, bring it in house to cut and machine it but that’s changed. They now want us to deliver cut parts with very short lead times.”

To keep up with changing demand, Sorensen’s team purchased a Tsune cold saw. “While the saw allowed us to cut much faster, it required two to three workers to catch the parts,” he says. “If someone needs 500 cuts in a day, how would we deliver that? We’d have to shut down other customer orders on our other saws and that creates problems. We needed a better solution and automating was the answer.”

Sorensen’s team turned to Arc Specialties and installed a Kuka robot. “I watched the cartoon ‘The Jetsons’ as a kid and loved their robot, ‘Rosie’—so that’s what we named ours.” Clad in bright pink paint, Rosie has freed up Sorensen’s workers to take on other crucial tasks throughout the shop floor. “No one got laid off,” Sorensen adds. “It helped us service more customers faster, allowing our workers to do other things.”

Rosie will soon have a counterpart as Tube Supply prepares to install “The Hulk” next year to keep pace with demand.

“Customers like Tube Supply never make the same thing one after the other,” Arc Specialties’ Allford explains. “Each part is a different length so it’s about more than the cutting; it’s about the palletizing application. We had to build a system to check the lengths and diameters of each part to create the changing pallet patterns, otherwise a robot wouldn’t work because it’s more than just a repeatable task.”

Flexible automation

Robots must be versatile, able to change between work stations easily and frequently if necessary. “Accessories are also important. We developed five different ClickSmart gripper kits to help customers handle material easier so there is less human involvement, allowing for that talent to be allocated elsewhere,” says Rethink Robotics’ Fair.

Without much effort, Sawyer can be moved anywhere within a shop. Using integrated vision systems, the module allows the user to check for quality issues, and adjust part position within the machine they’re running.

“Simple ideas like a QR code decal on each work station allow the robot to identify where it is located in the shop, allowing it to start working immediately,” Fair explains. “The robot’s camera knows where it is and starts running the task without any operator input.

“Metal fab shops stand to benefit in particular because our Sawyer robot has a 4 kg payload with max reach of 1,260 mm, allowing users to delegate it to run dangerous or dirty tasks with long cycle times where humans are usually waiting around for the machine to complete,” Fair says.

Opening up more complicated and critical thinking-geared tasks to shop floor operators will benefit both employer and employee alike. “We are facing a looming skills gap in the manufacturing industry that we need to bridge by all means possible,” says Universal Robots’ Østergaard. Facilitating knowledge creation and access to robots are an important step in that direction.

“It’s about putting the right solution in a factory that will help employees not by changing everything they know. For example, we can use the right software in machines and apply sensors rather than outright replacing equipment,” explains Bridgr’s Boutouchent. “Once you get the data, [the next step is to] identify what other technology solutions will help increase productivity and reduce costs.” FFJ (By Gretchen Salois, FF Journal. October 2018 issue, http://www.ffjournal.net)


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The Importance of Radio Spectrum.

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The radio spectrum is the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

In the United States, regulatory responsibility for the radio spectrum is divided between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

The FCC, which is an independent regulatory agency, administers spectrum for non-Federal use (i.e., state, local government, commercial, private internal business, and personal use) and the NTIA, which is an operating unit of the Department of Commerce, administers spectrum for Federal use (e.g., use by the Army, the FAA, and the FBI). Within the FCC, the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) provides advice on technical and policy issues pertaining to spectrum allocation and use.

Currently only frequency bands between 9 kHz and 275 GHz have been allocated (i.e., designated for use by one or more terrestrial or space radio-communication services or the radio astronomy service under specified conditions).

OET maintains the FCC’s Table of Frequency Allocations, which is a compilation of allocations.

The FCC’s Table of Frequency Allocations consists of the International Table of Frequency Allocations (“International Table”) and the United States Table of Frequency Allocations (“United States Table”). The FCC’s Table of Frequency Allocations is codified at Section 2.106 of the Commission’s Rules. (content credit: Bureau/Office: Engineering & Technology,/www.fcc.gov)

For a more detailed description click to view Allocations Chart here.  https://transition.fcc.gov/oet/spectrum/ituregions.pdf

 

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Electromagnetic Spectrum: The electromagnetic spectrum, showing the major categories of electromagnetic waves. The range of frequencies and wavelengths is remarkable. The dividing line between some categories is distinct, whereas other categories overlap. Microwaves encompass the high frequency portion of the radio section of the EM spectrum.


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Not only do we offer quality connectorsadaptersphase adjustersterminationsattenuators, and dust caps. We can also design most any type of cable assembly and unlike other companies, we accept low quantity orders at competitive pricing.  

But what makes Coaxicom so unique is the kind of quality, expertise and support that should be expected from a components manufacturer in the United States. Our team is small and smart with decades of experience in engineering. machining, assembly and quality control/inspection. 

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Celebrate the Explorer in All of Us: Columbus Day.

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No matter which side of the Christopher Columbus debate you may be on…. today is a good day to celebrate the wonderlust and curiosity that lives in most of us. 

Throughout history people have always wondered what was beyond the next mountain, ocean, river, or even planet. Explorers are people who have blazed the trail in going to new places, and revealing what is beyond our own line of sight. 

Why People Explore 

The reasons for exploration can vary widely. Most explorers certainly like the adventure of going to a new place, meeting new peoples and cultures, or taking on new challenges. 

Trade – Many countries and rulers funded explorers in order to find new trade partners and goods. In some cases they hope to find new trade routes that would help them to transport goods cheaper than their competitors. This was the case of Vasco da Gama and Christopher Columbus. 

Science – In many cases, explorers are scientists hoping to learn about nature and new parts of the world. They may be hoping to find a new species of animal or type of plant or soils. 

Land – Many explorers claimed the land they found in the name of their country. Countries like Spain, Portugal, and Great Britain amassed huge empires during the Age of Exploration. 

Challenge – Many explorers want to test their personal limits and be the first in the world to do something. These types of explorers include the men who raced to be the first to the North and South Poles, the top of Mount Everest, and to the Moon. 

Considered by Many The Most Famous Explorers So Far….


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