Seeing the light at night

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If you have trouble typing under normal conditions, just imagine how tough it can be when you're wearing night-vision goggles. The problem is that ordinary keyboards designed with LED backlighting for night use produce a distracting bloom effect when viewed through night-vision devices. One way around this is iKey Ltd.'s new night-vision imaging system (NVIS) Green B-compliant keyboard.

The keyboard includes filters that remove light interference between illuminated keys and night-vision goggles.

According to iKey, the devices have been tested by third parties and approved for NVIS Green B compliance.

The rugged keyboards are compact and can be mounted in vehicles of all types, from automobiles and tanks to airplanes, submarines and helicopters.

Leica updates Erdas Imagine

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging is releasing a new version of Erdas Imagine, the company's suite of software tools for geospatial-image manipulation and management.

Erdas Imagine 9.2 offers an improved surfacing tool and increases its point handling capability from 500,000 points to more than 50 million points. The new version also offers support for enhanced compression wavelet files and offers increased interoperability with the ER Mapper suite of products.

The program also now supports BigTIFF, a new format for handling large images or collections of images.

Erdas Imagine 9.2 is expected to begin shipping in late March.

Truly private networks

Uniloc USA has released StrongPoint, an identity and access management appliance for infrastructure security. StrongPoint uses device fingerprinting to ensure secure private networks between a StrongPoint Server at the network operating center and StrongPoint appliances at field controls.

StrongPoint provides protection against unauthorized insiders and cybersecurity threats for supervisory control and data acquisition networks in the transportation, government, electricity, natural gas, gasoline, water and waste treatment industries.

ISYS does Linux

Isys Search Software is now offering a Linux version of its ISYS:web application, a search solution for Web sites, intranets and custom Web applications.

The product supports more than 60 languages and 200 file types, including Word, PDF, Web content, databases and enterprise systems such as Microsoft SharePoint. Capable of everything from Natural Language queries to proximity and Boolean search, ISYS:web provides a variety of search, navigation and discovery features.

NEC'S dynamic partitioning

NEC's Express5800/1320Xf is touted as the first enterprise server with dynamic hardware partitioning functionality for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. That means the server offers the ability to actively add memory, processor and input/output devices while the system is running for enhanced scalability with minimal operational outage. The server provides Intel Itanium-based mainframe-class scalability for Windows Server 2008 running mission-critical workloads.

Servers can be partitioned at the hardware level to create multiple physically isolated servers. Through this architecture, the NEC Express5800/1000 servers can provide hardware-assisted memory of a failing cell.

TCS gets to the point

TeleCommunication Systems has announced the availability of TCS Wireless Point-to-Point Link. TCS WPPL provides communicators with secure point-to-point and point-to-multipoint, line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight transmission of voice, video and data communications.

Developed to satisfy critical last-mile communications for the Defense Department, TCS WPPL allows communicators to extend their local-area networks to remote locations by providing services via terrestrial microwave radio links.


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