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Wednesday, January 19, 2005  

Smart Soldier

Courtesy: Encore SoftwareSituational Awareness and Tactical Handheld Information - (SATHI - also referring to 'friend' in Hindi) is the latest for an Indian soldier. Code-named BAAZ, this is being produced by Encore Software (people who co-developed Simputer), the first time such work has been delegated to a non-DRDO firm. A soldier can now track each other's positions, jointly plan moves or share details on maps with command HQ. Works on Linux platform.

Quote:
Sathi is an integrated battle computer with Global Positioning System (GPS) and radio, customised Geographical Information System (GIS) – a navigational tool displaying military maps and location of other devices – and enabling field sketches with a customised symbol library for map marking. Weighing 875 gm, it can easily fit into a soldier’s palm and also has a remotely operated self-destruction and activation feature for preventing misuse by unauthorized persons.

"I am reminded of the `smart soldier' of the 21st century." ~ APJ

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4 Comments:

nice toy. hope doesn't land up in enemy's hands.

By Blogger saranyan, at 10:57 AM 

I hope its been coded well. If you remember, a month or so back (day after CHristmas), a Delta subsidiary had all its flights cancelled (about 1100 of them a day) because of a systems glitch. Turned out, the programmers had put in a variable that could take a maximum of 32000 booking changes at a time and given a snowstorm that preceded the date in Ohio, the bookings change max was hit and the entire system crashed. Took 3 days and a few million dollars to fix it.
Cant afford to have buggy systems in the battlefield.

By Blogger The Last Blogger, at 12:18 PM 

Mere fact that the project had to leave DRDO premises speaks volumes abt its credibility. And even if we are to allow lapses, atleast the self-destruction part must have been taken care of.

Trials are on in J&K.

[Ranga, to add to your Delta-story is the famous Metric Conversion Mistake in NASA's Mars Exploration. Should or should America not convert to the Metric system is another interesting debate.]

By Blogger pradeep, at 4:18 AM 

I enquired the company representative for a price quote. There is a similar "civilian" device on sale at their website. It costs around Rs. 12k for a mono-chrome screen and Rs 24k for a color screen. Looks good and I believe if a monitor and keyboard connectors are there in that portable device, it can be used as a "mobile computer" ;). A good gift for your friends and family in India.

By Blogger Kodak, at 7:19 PM 

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