GE Intelligent Platforms has announced the release of the IPS5100 self contained and ready to run local situational awareness visualisation system that enables 360° local situational awareness and is easily integrated into a broad range of existing and new military vehicles.
Specifically designed to have minimal impact in terms of size, weight and power on a vehicle, the rugged IPS5100 can be deployed in environments that are highly space-constrained.
The IPS5100 local situational awareness visualisation system is capable of handling the input from four to 20 cameras, depending on the colour depth and resolution, and delivering video to up to four operator screens in its basic form. Scalable to more than twice those numbers, the capabilities of the IPS5100 include real time panning and stitching, slew-to-cue pointing, motion detection and archive recording.
The software provided with the IPS5100 local situational awareness visualisation system is designed to be flexible and accommodate virtually any visualisation functionality required by the user, including symbology overlay of metadata.
The high performance of the IPS5100 delivers a typical latency below 80ms, making it possible to drive a vehicle by using the real-time video images delivered by the IPS5100 system.
The IPS5100 hardware is a rugged 5-slot 3U OpenVPX chassis and enclosure, which integrates GE’s SBC324 single board computer for system management, the GFG500 gigabit Ethernet video processor for the ingest of multiple GbE HD+ sensors, two GRA111 graphics processors, and the GE SDD910 solid state disk for up to 256GBytes of data storage.
Measuring just 8.5” x 7.0” x 8.9”, and weighing only 20lbs, the IPS5100 local situational awareness visualisation system is unique in the way it addresses many of the key challenges that have prevented system integrators deploying true 360° situational awareness in the past.
It is available as an off the shelf visualisation system with a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL), meaning that it can be rapidly deployed with absolute confidence.
The IPS5100 local situational awareness visualisation solution has been developed and refined through many years of working with vehicle operators and system and platform integrators. The result is an unprecedented portability, scalability and configurability that allows the system to be integrated (using existing vehicle electronics) in an effective yet unobtrusive manner with existing tactical vehicle software, hardware and human/machine interfaces.
“By allowing troops to remain ‘under armor’ and therefore protected at all times, the IPS5100 can make a significant contribution to troop safety. Without a system like this, the combatant would need to expose his head to survey the situation around him,” says Al DiLibero, President, Military & Aerospace Embedded Computing at GE Intelligent Platforms.