the new hardware types at AUSA 06 were two military computing
devices, the RPDA-57
and Tacter 31M introduced by Tadiran's local subsidiary Talla-Tech.
KVH unveiled a new Rugged Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) based
application, combining hardware, software and communications.
The system utilizes special purpose PDA called Convoy Comms,
designed to provide an intra-convoy communications messaging
system which provides the convoy commander with efficient situational
picture based on the locations and status reports received from
each vehicle. The system also enables rapid and effective distribution
of alerts and commands.
new version of Commander's A different PDA application is the
mortar fire control computer, developed by Soltam. The miniature
system performs all the ballistic calculations necessary for
accurate mortar fire and also provides logistics management
for the fire unit. Commander's
Digital Assistant (CDA) is in development for General Dynamics
Land Warrior program. While providing dismounted leaders with
situational awareness picture derived by FBCB2, the system also
maintains constant position reporting for non-line-of-sight
blue force tracking. AAI and L3 Com displayed elements of the
OSRVT / Rover III video
datalink, used by U.S. forces to distribute UAV imagery
in real time.
PDAs are also used as "Smart translators", solving
language interaction issues created by foreign cultural and
language barriers. In 2003, the first digital translator was
introduced, to help U.S. soldiers translate simple village search
commands from English to Pashtu and modern Arabic. The Speechguard
system provided access to pre-recorded phrases, stored on a
PDA in mp3 format. At AUSA 2006, more sophisticated implementation
of this simple, yet effective product were demonstrated, part
of the already deployed in the idle East. Phraslator P2, a system
developed by VoxTec is currently available, supporting 40 languages.
Phraslator can translate a series of predefined phrases, from
spoken or written English to prerecorded phrases spoken in the
local language. A standard military kit comes with six languages.