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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) highlighted its new Briefcase Receiver (BCRx) at AUVSI 2014, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's Annual North American Symposium and Exposition.
IMT’s BCRx is a COFDM (DVB-T-compliant) diversity receiver/monitor integrated into a ruggedized, portable IP66-rated briefcase that offers exceptional RF performance and durability, combined with true ease of operation and highly reliable H.264 high-profile and MPEG-2 decoding. BCRx ensures reliable reception of COFDM-modulated microwave transmissions via maximal-ratio combining technology that takes advantage of its integrated dual antennas to identify and quickly switch over to the best signal received at each point in time. It also contains an AES decryption circuit and a built-in MPEG-4/MPEG-2 decoder, and can receive either HD or SD video transmissions and display them on a built-in LCD monitor.
The rugged unit is also capable of streaming the video to remote computers using its UDP/RTP or RTSP protocols, as it features a 100 Mbps Ethernet LAN interface. This allows received video to be viewed remotely using MPEG-4/MPEG-2 decoder software on a standard personal computer.
“With its AES 128/256 BCRYPT decryption capabilities, IMT’s Briefcase Receiver is ideal for applications ranging from public security monitoring to video tracking,” says IMT Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “The Briefcase Receiver is extremely intuitive and requires minimal setup. We are excited to introduce it at AUVSI 2014.”
There are two LCDs integrated into the BCRx: a 10.1-inch, 16:9-format, high-resolution LCD screen for viewing the received video, and a 5-inch touch-LCD for receiver control. Both displays feature user-configurable brightness controls, allowing nighttime or daylight viewing. Upon boot up, the BCRx displays are defaulted to an “off” mode. The touch user interface is intuitive to operate, featuring standard icons and buttons for the control of receiver and telemetry parameters. An information status summary is displayed on the control LCD. Parameters displayed include preset, frequency and channel selection, signal strength, demodulator lock, decryption-active and decoding indicators. The LCD user interface also displays the transmitter battery status and telemetry control confirmations.
IMT’s BCRx also includes 500GB of built-in, non-removable solid-state storage and field-replaceable battery packs that allow for a minimum of three hours of run time between charges. It can also be plugged into a vehicle’s 12V power outlet or a standalone 120/240VAC power supply for unlimited operational capability.
For advanced functions such as changing frequency plans, AES decryption keys, or unit naming, an easy-to-use administration software package is supplied that allows users to establish and store up to 32 custom preset configurations. The presets can store as little or as much information as the administrator wishes and their values locked in place for later recall. Full access control ensures that users will not inadvertently corrupt mission-critical settings.