On the edge
Super-eye in the sky
- By Doug Beizer
- Nov 20, 2007
An airborne system from Logos Technologies Inc.
orbited above a robotic vehicle event while imaging
and recording the entire area twice per second at
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
project supported the Urban Challenge robotic-vehicle
competition in Victorville, Calif.
Five terabytes of data were recorded with enough
fidelity to continuously monitor vehicles at the event.
A high-bandwidth data link with the aircraft provided
real-time control of 15 independently locatable
image streams. The project demonstrated the ability
of one specially equipped aircraft to equal the capability
of 10 or more conventionally equipped aircraft.
Recorded and real-time imagery from the Logos
system is processed to remove motion and aspectangle
effects, making displayed image streams
appear as though they were collected from a stationary
platform.Keeping data tapes safe
Fujifilm's Tape Tracker is a data asset management
solution that improves the security and shipping
of data tape media. Designed to fit inside a
standard tape media case, the Tape Tracker combines
Global Positioning System technology with a
Web-based application to provide chief information
officers and data managers with location and tracking
information in real time.
The Tape Tracker provides a perspective of data
assets during transport to offsite vaulting locations,
other data centers or disaster recovery facilities.
Fujifilm worked with defense contractor QinetiQ
plc to create the GPS system housed in a standard
1/2-inch data tape cartridge. The resulting device
closely resembles a standard data tape, but when
included in a tape media case, for example, it
allows data managers to monitor important data
assets in real time and locate misplaced or stolen
tapes instantly.Send new product announcements to dbeizer@
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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Washington Technology.