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Getac Exhibits Line Of Rugged And Ultra-Rugged Laptops And Tablets At Annual Modern Day Marine Expo

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Professional MMA Fighter (UFC) Ashlee Evans-Smith to Sign Autographs at Getac Booth

QUANTICO, VA.—September 13, 2016 – (Booth 3430) – Getac will exhibit its complete line of fully rugged and ultra-rugged notebook computers, tablets and convertibles at the annual Modern Day Marine expo to be held at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA. from September 27-29, 2016. Military-certified to withstand extreme temperatures, dust, intense rain and drops, the next generation Getac B300 ultra-rugged notebook, V110 fully rugged convertible and F110 tablet represent Getac’s most rugged – and most popular—mobile computing solutions in their respective classes.

In addition to having its line of rugged and ultra-rugged computing solutions on display during Modern Day Marine, professional MMA fighter (UFC) Ashlee Evans-Smith will bring her own brand of rugged to Getac’s booth on Wednesday, September 28 where she will sign autographs and take photos with attendees. A member of the women’s Bantamweight division, Ashlee is currently ranked 13th in the world and achieved her third TKO on September 3rd in Hamburg, Germany.

The Getac B300 ultra-rugged notebook delivers maximum performance and comprehensive security for the most extreme, mission-critical environments. Ideal for military personnel, law enforcement and field technicians, the B300 is Getac’s most rugged laptop, backed by the industry’s best five-year, bumper-to-bumper warranty.

The Getac V110 fully rugged convertible notebook and F110 tablet are perfect mobile computing solutions for military as well as public safety, utilities and field service professionals. Both are redesigned to deliver bulletproof security, best-in-class performance and a full-size touch screen housed in a thin and light form factor. Couple that with a fully rugged design that survives drops, intense rain, heat, cold and dust, and you have the perfect compact touch tablet for pros working in tight spaces and an ideal convertible for others who sometimes need a full-size keyboard.

Visit Getac in booth #3430 during the Modern Day Marine Expo.

Juggernaut.Case Introduces the New SLEEV and BUMPR Products for 2016

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

For years guys have been telling me that they wished Juggernaut’s handheld device cases were more affordable.  Now, they’ve leveraged everything they learned building the program-level cases in order to introduce streamlined variants that you can afford to buy out of your pocket. Check these out.

With more waterproof smartphones on the market, Juggernaut.Case™ introduces two new levels of protective cases evolved from our field-proven rugged hard case. The new cases are an affordable solution for users that don’t need all of the protection of the original Juggernaut.Case™ but still seek impact/drop protection in addition to full compatibility with all existing Juggernaut.Case™ mounts. The new cases are called the “SLEEV” and the “BUMPR”. Both are available with or without cables for connecting to Tactical Radios/Hubs.

While the SLEEV retains the capability to utilize the new QDD (quick disconnect DOOR) and the QD Cable assemblies via the two thumbscrews, the BUMPR is either Cabled or Non-Cabled with sealed access ports to the micro-USB connector and 3.5 mm audio jack. A new low-cost cable assembly for these cases that terminates in a standard USB-A connector allows unshielded data transfer and 5V power to the device from any portable external battery or car charger, etc.

For more information on these new cases visit: www.JuggernautCase.com or download the PDF file at: www.juggernautcase.com/PDF_Files/SLEEV_BUMPR_Release

Tacteris Redefines Military Planning with Release of Maestro Software

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Cost effective, commercial-off-the-shelf 3D planning software for military planners available online

CALGARY, Aug. 23, 2016 — Tacteris has announced the release of Maestro, its flagship 3D operational planning software for military planners. Maestro delivers purpose=built tools and workflows for composing complex tactical operations with unprecedented speed, accuracy, and agility. Licensing options are available for enterprise users as well as affordable pricing for individual planners and students. Maestro is available for download and purchase at: www.tacteris.com.

Maestro is a unique fusion of project planning, 3D mapping, organizational resource management and collaboration in a single, unified platform. Planners can create tactical overlays, orders of battle, and timelines in minutes. “Up until now, technology has been the limiting factor,” said Tacteris co=founder Sundeep Kharey. “Current approaches are partial at best and are inefficient and costly over the long run.” Tacteris has developed proprietary visualization, scheduling, and resource management algorithms offering unparalleled performance, flexibility, and cost=effectiveness in a commercial off=the=shelf package. “Operational planning is a core competency practiced by all the world’s militaries, and how well you do it means the difference between life and death on the battlefield,” said Kharey. “With today’s release, we’re making the essential planning capabilities demanded by professional planners around the world available out of the box.”

Maestro features worldwide 3D map data, NATO symbology, and international language support. A streamlined user=interface makes users productive in minutes without training. A standalone application, Maestro runs on regular Windows PCs without the need for specialized hardware or network infrastructure. Tacteris offers command and control (C2) integration and customization services for enterprise customers. A product of Canada, Maestro is available for international export and is ITAR=free.

For more information, pricing, and free software trials, please visit: www.tacteris.com.

Warrior East – Strohman Enterprise / Garmin

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Strohman Enterprise is my go-to for GPS and they take great care of military and LE customers.  At Warrior East, they showed me the new Garmin Oregon 750t. It’s is a dual band GPS/GLONASS receiver with integrated wi-fi, 8 mp camera.

-Redesigned antenna enables better GPS and GLONASS reception and performance; 3-axis compass with accelerometer and barometric altimeter sensors
-3-inch sunlight-readable touchscreen with dual orientation (landscape or portrait view)
-Expanded wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, ANT+® capable); includes smart notifications¹ and automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ online community and supports Active Weather and Geocaching Live
-8 megapixel autofocus camera; automatically geotags photos
-Preloaded TOPO U.S. 100K maps; includes 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription


Warrior Expo – Juggernaut Case

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Juggernaut Case has a whole slew of new products. Today, we’ll discuss several of them.  Clockwise from the top we have the User Removable Cable Assembly, HAHO-L Accessory, and the Radio Universal Custom Kit.

User Removable Cable Assembly

The allows the user to acquire cases and cables separately, facilitates quick cable replacement and allows users to swap between a cable and a fully sealed door.  When Juggernaut tweaked the case for this new cable, they made it so you can still use the standard cable that comes with the phone.

HAHO-L Accessory

The HAHO-L is an add-on accessory to add MFF electronic navigation equipment to any 5 or 6 series armor mount. It is a low profile alternative to more traditional, full size Nav Boards.

Radio Universal Custom Kit

The RUCK is an amazing new chassis technology that allows a direct gold-dot connection to an S series case. The RUCK is fully customizable and can carry a wide of array of payloads such as radio cards, storage devices, heaters and extended batteries. Additionally, it snaps right into any of Juggernaut’s different mounts like the RAM vehicle, Forearm or PALS compatible Armor mount. I think it’s going to change how we look at and use these devices.  When used to its full potential, RUCK will eliminate many cables and redundant radios as well as extend the operational capabilities of the device.


Dressed To Kill

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

This image from the September 28, 1959 issue of ‘Life’ magazine depicts a developmental US Army clothing system reportedly intended for wear on a nuclear battlefield. While the gloves, mask and coveralls are interesting, what is really cool is the helmet, complete with IR goggles.

The plastic helmet integrates the AN/PRC-34 radio, the developmental Soldier Radio of its day and an attempt to replace the large, walkie-talkie PRC-6 squad radios. The two studs along the crown of the helmet hold the antenna in place when not in use. In this photo, the antenna is deployed. Between the M-1 helmet-style webbing and the shell was a snag of wires.

But the IR goggles are the real treat here, considering this photo is coming up on 60 years old. First off, they are binocular and mount in a similar fashion to what we still do today.  You can also see the battery pack at the rear of the helmet.  A later version of the helmet was developed that offered some ballistic protection as well accommodations for a newer radio variant, the PRC-36.  However, this radio was not integrated directly into the helmet.

SHOT Show – SOCET GXP by BAE Systems

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

BAE Systems is working to bring the software used to produce customized Gridded Reference Graphics to the first responder and LE communities. In particular, they want to prepare products to support counter active shooter operations.


The software can also be used by investigators and prosecutors to recreate crime scenes. Data sets can come from a wide variety of sources. For example, the parking lot image in the graphic above was taken by a DSLR from a state police helo. They later mensurated the image using the software.


Now the exciting part. It will run on a mobile device. You don’t have to hand out hard copies.

This product is available through www.unifireusa.com.

Edgegear – Shift

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015


Edgegear developed a new ambidextrous strap for fitness watches, called the Shift, which moves it to a better location for viewing on the go.


The Shift watch band comes with an adjustable band and three loop sizes for a custom fit for petite to large-size wrists. Available now for pre-order with deliveries in April.


Garmin Epix

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Imagine seeing where you are on a map or image just by glancing at your wristwatch.  The Garmin Epix incorprates full color mapping, GPS/GLONASS and watch functions.  

-1.4-inch high-resolution color touchscreen
-Worldwide shaded relief basemap
-8 GB built-in memory so you can load up on maps, such as TOPO U.S. 24K, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, City Navigator and BlueChart g2 maps
-Preloaded TOPO 100K maps also available
-Fitness Training Apps
-Stainless steel EXO antenna with GPS/GLONASS reception
Water rated to 50m
-Bluetooth enabled

 Mapping Examples 

Satellite Positioning
Earlier we mentioned both GPS and GLONASS functionality which is very exciting because you can access both US and Russian satellite positioning data.  This feature just might come in handy if someone decides to use GPS jamming.  

Altimeter, Weather and 3-axis Compass

If you are on the job and looking for Garmin products, contact Strohman Enterprise. I cannot say enough good things about how well Joe and his team will take care of you. They are my go-to for Garmin products.

Situational Awareness – It’s A Thing

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

This reminds me of a section in the book “Starship Troopers” during training where Rico talks about being so fixated on all of the displays in the suit that a guy could walk up and hit you over the head with a rock.