L-3’s Interstate Electronics Corp. is bringing full-motion video and data generated by aerial platforms into the hands of ground-level troops via smartphones using Google’s Android operating system. The latest version of its Video Scout system is being demonstrated here at the Paris Air Show (Static F186) using real-time data from L-3 Wescam MX-15i and MX-10 sensors.
Video Scout has been available some time on a ruggedized MC2 laptop. Users can connect with fellow personnel via local area networks and shared intelligence resources, including other Video Scout units, remote sensors, network-centric collaboration servers and intelligence connection nodes.
Todd Gautier, president of L-3’s Precision Engagement Sector, explained to AIN that the new Android application demonstrates that the technology is mission-system agnostic, adding that Video Scout could be applied to other devices in future. The system can deliver essentially the same content on the smartphone as on the laptop, albeit on a smaller display. Users can zoom in on details in the video, dragging and dropping content via a touchscreen.
“Situational awareness [relating to missions] can be shared with every member of a unit in real-time, and [commanders] can share information via handwritten notes and texting,” explained Gautier. “Each user now has push mode too so they can capture imagery and data and push it back into the network.”