The Telefonix PDT Team walked the halls of the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2015 show in London. Featuring over 1,500 international exhibitors, DSEI highlights the latest systems in the defence and security industry.
Getting people and supplies from here to there can be challenging in situations that present hurdles like water, rough terrain and battlegrounds. Whether for their practicality, simplicity, or outright wow factor, our team was inspired by the myriad transportation solutions at DSEI. While designed to address the needs of soldiers, first responders, tactical teams and law enforcement, many have the capacity to inspire or drive future technologies and solutions that may alter civilian life as well.
With the recent Ebola outbreak, we were reminded of the wars fought against illness and disease around the world. Containing the virus (and other potential outbreaks) was top of mind for national security globally and required solutions to best fight, contain and protect those fighting these battles.
Additionally, the Internet of Things continues to proliferate into technologies for every industry. Security concerns, connectivity, reliability and ease of use can sometimes affect life or death situations, necessitating solutions be created based on deep knowledge of challenges, smart design and appropriate technologies.
Unmanned vehicles have come a long way since the aerial versions were originally used for target practice for military personnel. They range in size from iRobot’s 5 pound ‘tossable’ 110 FirstLook to Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk, a 32,250-lb unmanned aircraft featuring a 130.9-ft wingspan and a payload of 3000 lb. They are serving growing range of missions, from combat missions to reconnaissance, and in just about every type of military theater- underwater, in the air, and over rugged terrain.
Attention is focused on graphical user interface advancements as manufacturers design housings to last as long as a decade. Software and interfaces are being designed to be continually updated, saving development costs and making product maps extend for long durations. Beyond just screen interfaces, technologies are pushing user experience improvements, including essentially eliminating interaction with the physical devices.
Rapid deployment and simplicity in use was a focus in antenna technologies; for example, Cobham's mast incorporates interesting twist mechanisms and cables to make set up and tear down quick and easy, while Digital Barriers' ground sensors just require soldiers to screw them into the ground and the self-forming network activates.
New materials, fabrics and technologies are shaping the future of wearable tech for the military. With an emphasis on ease of use, manufacturers are trying to make solutions lighter and more familiar to those using them. Wearables are aiming to address a range of needs- from connectivity, to information delivery, to augmenting reality and enhancing senses.
Telefonix PDT is a design, development and manufacturing company with more than two decades of aviation experience. The company offers services beginning with user research and concept development, continuing with user experience design thru mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, prototyping, certification and testing, and, finally, ongoing manufacturing and lifecycle management. Telefonix was founded on the strength of its retractable cabling technology, while PDT was founded on its understanding of the consumer electronics industry. Together, Telefonix PDT has evolved its competencies delivering successful product solutions to customers around the world. The company’s latest innovations are centered around its Summit line of Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) equipment, which is comprised of state-of-the-art system components that serve as building blocks to create or customize the ideal IFEC system.