Night Vision & Computers: The Basics

Night VisionNight Vision Imaging System(NVIS) enables US military forces to enhance situational awareness, increase mission flexibility, and maintain battlefield dominance.  Also, night-vision goggles (NVG) are cool.  If you don’t believe me, buy one, show it to your friends, and see how quickly they try to grab it out of your hands.

No matter how cool NVG are, military personnel need to be able to use them with other equipment.  For example, depending on the intended application, computers must comply with aviation and Army night-vision specifications (the standards governing cockpit equipment and the units used by ground pounders are different).

Night-vision compatible computers must be simultaneously visible and not visible. The display should have a setting that enables visibility through NVG, but also have another setting that allows normal light use.  Visible light must be dimmed during night-vision mode, not only so the signal-to-noise ratio is reduced, but also so the enemy cannot see the computer.  To avoid detection by enemy NVG, a computer must filter its infrared and UV emissions as well as its visible light.

In order to meet military standards for night vision compatibility, there are two methods of decreasing the light emitted from a computer platform. The first method is to have a built-in switch that dims the keyboard and display.  In the photograph below, the switch is conveniently located in the front.

Night vision 2 Dimming switch

The second method of achieving night vision compatibility is to apply a special filter to the display.  Filters can be attached with snap-on clips or fastened with adhesive. The adhesive is not necessarily permanent; filters can be made so that they can be repeatedly removed and applied. Typically, all night vision compatible filters are green.

Night vision 3 filters

Of course, both the built-in and add-on filter methods can be simultaneously used. Each method of dimming emissions has their advantages and disadvantages (see chart below).

 Night Vision Filters vs. Built-in Dimming Switch

Night vision 4 Comparison

AMREL offers night vision compatible platforms that have been proven in the field by the German military. Whatever you require, AMREL has a great deal of experience in modifying computer platforms to meet military standards.


Special Operations Forces Industry Conference – SOFIC 2014

May 20-22 2014
Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
Sponsor: NDIA

This year’s SOFIC 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening the Global SOF Network,”will provide a forum for military, government,academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss current and future challenges and how to best support our Special Operations Forces (SOF) around the globe.

USSOCOM Commander, Admiral WilliamH. McRaven, USN,and USSOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. JamesF.Geurts, will provide their perspectiveson SOF’s challenges, trends, and interests and how industry partners can help support these areas.

The SOFIC 2014 will include panels made up of USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, TSOC Commanders, and Senior Enlisted Advisors who will provide Attendees with an understanding of key acquisition requirements, operations,and technology issues in the context of SOF’s current component and theater missions.

Over the course of three days at SOFIC 2014, attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with USSOCOM Program Executive Officers, Science and Technology Managers, Office of Small Business Programs and Technology & Industry Liaison Office representatives, and other acquisition experts who will identify top priorities, business opportunities, and interests as they relate to USSOCOM acquisition programs.

These open forums at SOFIC 2014 will enable conference attendees to interact with USSOCOM Senior Leaders while collaborating on how to strengthen the global SOF network

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JIEDDO & Preserving Counter-IED Knowledge

The article below originally appeared in the Counter-IED Report.

JIEDDOConcerns are being expressed that all the counter-IED knowledge that’s been learned during the protracted wars against terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan will be lost if the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is slashed or abolished under the proposed plan to scale back the organization.

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AMREL at Science & Engineering Conf/Defense Tech Expo

science defence techYou are invited to see AMREL  at the located  at Hyattsville, MD.  We are excited to attend this conference, which is a gathering of government decision makers and science/engineering professionals. Some our biggest experts  will be bringing our most advance products.  See you there!