For soldiers, a wearable data hub managed via smart phone
- By Paul McCloskey
- Feb 13, 2013
QinetiQ North America has unveiled a device it describes as a lightweight wearable hub through which soldiers could manage multiple battlefield systems and peripheral devices.
With the Integrated Warrior System (IWS), the company announced, a “warfighter can plug-and-play a wide variety of peripherals,” including smart phones, computers, mission-critical software applications and gunfire detection systems. The system can be managed through a single device, such as a smart phone, tablet or tactical computer.
The system improves situational awareness, the company said, providing the soldier on the battlefield a lot more immediate data and the means to sort through it, “by creating a personal area network for the warfighter.”
QinetiQ said it had devised a simplified battery power management system that allows each peripheral it supports to “operate reliably in remote or hostile areas.” The company also said the system had ergonomic features making it easily integrated into a variety of vests and helmets.
IWS also protects features connected to the system from the weather through a ruggedized enclosure. Other accessories include a back panel attachment to tie cabling into a user’s vest, as well as wrist and chest mount options.
J.D. Crouch, the company’s technology solutions group president, called IWS “a sleek, rugged solution that easily integrates commercial and military devices through an open architecture that is designed to support today’s warfighter.”
Paul McCloskey is senior editor of GCN. A former editor-in-chief of both GCN and FCW, McCloskey was part of Federal Computer Week's founding editorial staff.