Portable Lunchbox Luggable Goes Maritime
The new product incorporates a 2-slot VME backplane that houses an RF tuner module to capture information from marine radar systems and perform on-site analysis using the power of the luggable computer’s dual-Xeon CPUs. The tuner converts RF/Microwave signals in the 0.4–20 GHz frequency range into standard IF outputs centered at 1 GHz with 500 MHz of bandwidth and 160 MHz with 85 MHz of bandwidth.
The VME system adds an internal maritime VHF GPS system that supports outputting both GPS and AIS NMEA sentences and connects to both RS422 chart plotters as well as RS232 and USB devices such as navigation computers. The receiver includes two AIS receivers operating in parallel providing true dual-channel simultaneous reception of both Class A and Class B transponder signals. This ensures that all AIS transponder broadcasts are captured in real time.
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automatic tracking system used on ships and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. When satellites are used to detect AIS signatures then the term Satellite-AIS (S-AIS) is used. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport. The luggable computer is used for the analysis of radar plots to improve performance and efficiency of the system. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_Identification_System)
In addition to massive storage and maximum processing power this luggable computer has I/O ports galore. In addition to dual Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, it provides support for multiple legacy RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 serial connections. The port connectors are protected behind access doors on the sides of the luggable lunchbox computer.
The lunchbox form factor is the most space-efficient for the application allowing AGS to incorporate 3x 1920 x 1080 Full HD displays that fold for transport. Storage can be up to 3x 4TB HDDS giving 12TB of local data storage with a separate 500GB self-encrypting SSD for the operating system. With the displays folded the luggable computer can be taken shipboard easily using the luggable computer’s waterproof transit case.
The Lunchbox Luggable computer was designed for non-stop operation in a deployed environment. Its full-metal enclosure protects system components and the Hydrodynamic CPU Cooling system provides the most efficient cooling for the processors. For use outside, the display are equipped with anti-reflection technology filtering that allows excellent readability in direct and diffused sunlight with superior dimming for night operations.
This new AGS luggable computer offer our Homeland Security personnel a powerful tool to keep the nation’s coastal security systems running at peak performance