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Ground Vehicle Video Management System Integration

February 13, 2019 | BY: Elisabeth O'Brien, Peter Green, Val Chrysostomou

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The proliferation of video sources on-board today’s tactical ground vehicles has resulted in the need for modern video equipment to ensure the video’s usability and availability. Increasing demand for cost-effective, size, weight, and power (SWaP) optimized video management and rugged display solutions is driven by video system upgrades or new video system architectures required to maximize video source usefulness.

Figure 1: Classic video-centric-system architecture

Choosing the right video system components that will keep system cost and footprint down in an already space constrained environment – while also reducing program risk and time to market – is often challenging due to a number of factors. For example, device interoperability issues can arise both between the ancillary equipment as well as with legacy sensors , which can lead to the need for custom solutions. These often proprietary, stove-piped systems include redundant equipment that consumes excess power and takes up valuable real estate. Ultimately, these factors combine to create a poor, unsafe in-vehicle experience for warfighters, with reduced reliability and an increased chance of mission failure. Furthermore, it is important that all video system components are rugged enough to maintain stable operation in harsh environments. Substituting commercial, lab, or office-based products that are designed for different uses and environments in order to reduce the initial outlay can result in reliability and system footprint issues. While the obstacles can be daunting, choosing the right solution can reduce risk, time to market, and program cost while increasing the probability of mission success. This white paper analyzes these challenges and proposes a winning solution.

Download the 'Ground Vehicle Video Management System Integration' white paper to learn more about:

  • Video system upgrades and component interoperability
  • Ruggedization and SWaP optimization
  • Mission displays
  • Video recording and switching

Author’s Biography

Elisabeth O'Brien

Manager of Portfolio Marketing

Elisabeth manages a group of Marketing Portfolio Managers as well as provides marketing for multiple product portfolios. Having worked for Curtiss-Wright since 2009, she has over 15 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry as both an engineer and marketing manager and completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration at University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit Business School.

Peter Green, VDS

Author’s Biography

Peter Green

Director of Engineering VDS

Pete has been with Curtiss-Wright for 6 years first as an Product Development Manager and then as a the Engineering Manager. He brings over 25 years of senior defense management experience in Engineering and Project Management within the high tech industry.

Val Chrysostomou, Video Display

Author’s Biography

Val Chrysostomou

Product Manager, VDS

Val Chrysostomou is a Product Manager for the Video and Display Systems group at Curtiss-Wright. She has been involved in the defense industry for over 17 years with the last 10 years holding positions in marketing and product management. Val obtained a PhD in Engineering Management focusing in new product introduction efficiencies from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

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