Aerial interaction for civil and military purposes

23 January 2015

Eye of a Warrior

Q-Warrior Helmet

In early 2014 BAE Systems presented a new system of wearable military gear called Q-Warrior. This is a colored, 3D heads-up display that provides a soldier with online video updates about the situation on the battlefield. 

Hotspot drone

Since 2014, DARPA (US) has conducted a series of test for mobile hotspots installed in special containers in UAVs such as RQ-7 Shadow. It has an output capacity of 1Gb/s (weight of equipment: 9 kg, power use: less than 150 watts).

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Long-range Wi Fi  

In 2012, DARPA used technologies of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc (US) to launch a project that envisaged Wi-Fi hotspots with an output capacity of 100Gb/s WiFi and with a reach of 190 km.

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A flying gadget

 The concept of a monitoring device called iPlate© was developed in 2010, however, it could not be produced back then due to the lack of necessary technologies on the market. These technological limitations have been lifted recently, while the potential of the device to be used for military purposes accelerated the whole process. iPlate© was designed to provide a 360º-panoramic intellectual online broadcast (Live Panoramic Broadcast) via WiFi / Bluetooth  / GSM-EDGE / LTE with other devices – from smartphones and video glasses to Smart TVs of the military situation room. iPlate© is an integral part of the quadcopter control  system. This system enables to conduct point-to-point flights in an autopilot and semi-autopilot modes outside and inside buildings with a transmission and analysis of the panoramic video signal if there is an access to wireless networks.

Hardware and technologies

The main feature of iPlate is its ability to provide a 360º -panoramic intellectual on-line broadcast (Live Panoramic Broadcast). There are 3 (три)  Full HD cameras located around iPlate on a 120 degrees between each other.

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The axis of lenses of every camera shifts on 13 degrees to increase the amount of information for both individual devices and those on the flying platform (hence iPlate’s top part is attached at the bottom). Information analysis divides on the following: (1) IFF detection; (2) Face detection; (3) Movement detection; (4) Fire detection etc. This information is transferred to soldier’s smartphone and to the military HQ.  A new program analysis is used in order to ensure safe flight of iPlate flying platform in semi-autopilot mode near trees and in buildings in order to identify and go around obstacles.

Datalink for targeted solutions. 

iPlate works with secured and open wireless networks. iPlate works on a number of levels: (1) individual - iPlate is installed on a helmet, a tripod or any other base; (2) iPlate on a flying platform that can be used both as an independent or integrated monitoring device in  iPlate Interaction System.

The iPlate flying platform can be equipped with a small-range Wi-Fi router; (3) Support system on the UAVs, airplanes, land transport and stationary devices; (4) headquarters / situation room for decision-making and military operations control. iPlate Interaction System can help to avoid numerous miscommunications between the military command and the forces in the field. Thus the military command will possess all smart - video information from the cameras installed on soldiers’ helmets and from the flying platforms. 

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Квадрокоптер 32 Project

The iPlate prototype test (Kiev 2010)

🔳 2015


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