Optelecom-NKF, Inc. has announced that it received a contract valued at $688,000 for an advanced uncompressed optical fiber video network for use in urban warfare training.
This is the latest in a series of contracts received from a major integrator specializing in training systems for the military and law enforcement agencies.
The broadcast quality video network utilizes the company's high capacity, uncompressed 10-bit digital video transmission technology to aid the military as it develops new centers for realistic joint urban operations training. The network transmits video and audio from cameras placed throughout the training site that monitors the movement and decisions of groups of soldiers as they perform various missions designed to test their performance in realistic, high-stress scenarios. Their actions are later critiqued by reviewing with them recordings of the action as it unfolds. The objective is to minimize causalities and maximize results in actual combat.
"The challenge of defeating insurgents while avoiding civilian deaths in urban areas creates a tremendous need for advanced, realistic training conditions," says Edmund Ludwig, Optelecom-NKF's president. "I'm pleased that our technology, which facilitates both real-time broadcast quality monitoring and recording of training exercises, will help the US military accomplish its training mission in a world no longer defined by organized enemy forces or traditional strategies and tactics."
Optelecom-NKF, which is based in Germantown, MD, manufactures integrated multimedia products for communicating video, audio and data over copper wire and optical network systems. For more information visit www.nkfelectronics.com.