Product News

Product News

by / February 28, 1997
Traffic Control Live

Traffic in 16 separate Los Angeles locations is monitored simultaneously with RGB Spectrum's SuperView 100 multi-video windowing system. The Los Angeles Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control Operations Center's large-screen projection displays can show four live videos simultaneously on one screen, a single video expanded to fill the screen, or mixed video and computer-generated graphics.

The system allows traffic engineers to locate and solve problems quickly.

For additional information contact RGB Spectrum, 950 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. 510/814-7000. Internet: .


"Black Box" For Cars

Following every air crash, investigators search for a "black box" recording instrument to help discover the cause of the disaster. Now, the Drive Right 130AL serves a similar function for autos as it monitors and records how they are driven. It features start and end time, distance traveled, maximum speed, average speed, time and date.

Limits can also be set for speed, acceleration and deceleration, and the equipment will sound an alarm whenever the limits are exceeded.

The system is protected by a password that prevents unauthorized changes to data or limits. Data is downloaded to an IBM-compatible computer and can create reports and graphs as well as separate databases for each vehicle or driver. The DriveRight 130AL (130-day log and accident log) retails for $295.

For additional information contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA 94545. 800/293-2847.


Flying Parachute

Paradactyl is an unmanned flying vehicle for conducting surveillance and monitoring operations. It incorporates low noise, remote high-resolution videolink, remote listening devices, microphones to establish direct voice communications, and can also drop teargas.

The vehicle is well suited for a variety of applications such as border patrol, search and rescue, traffic reports, coastal patrol, GPS mapping surveys, firefighting, crowd and riot control, and wildlife and environmental monitoring.

An autopilot and GPS control the heading and power setting.

Paradactyl can be stored on a vehicle, requires no runway and can be deployed even when the vehicle is moving.

For further information contact Omega Aerospace Corp., 9724 32nd Pl. W. Bldg. C-84, Everett, WA 98204. Call Sandy Thomas, at 800/280-0022.


Portable Finger Station
The Single Finger Station 2000 (SFS 2000) functions as a specialized personal digital assistant designed for fingerprint capture and identification. It is suitable for use in such applications as welfare, voter registration, immigration control and driver license and passport issuance.

It can be powered by an automobile cigarette lighter. The SFS 2000 is Internet ready and can be networked by modem, cellular telephone or wireless connections. List price begins at $1,995.

For additional information, contact Printrak International Inc., 1250 North Tustin Ave., Anaheim, CA 92807. 714/666-2700. Internet: .


CairnsIRIS is a helmet-mounted infrared camera that provides extremely sensitive thermal images, helping firefighters conduct search and rescue missions in total darkness and smoke.

The CairnsIRIS detects temperature variations of 0.5 F, enabling firefighters to see the heat behind walls, floors and ceilings and to help locate victims.

For additional information contact Cairns & Brother Inc., 60 Webro Road, Clifton, NJ 07012. 800/230-1600.


Yellow Submarine
Subjugator is an entirely human-powered submarine that runs wet (flooded). One crew member provides power using a bicycle-style crank and the other steers and navigates. Subjugator can dive down to 75 feet, is 10.5 feet long, weighs 250 lbs. and can be carried atop a vehicle.

For additional information contact Battelle, 505 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201. Call Fred Lyon at 614/424-4792.


Holographic Medicine
Voxel's digital holography system converts CT and MR data into three-dimensional holograms of anatomic structures enabling physicians to study blood clots, tumors and other features from
multiple viewpoints and take accurate measurements for surgery. The system is compatible with existing radiological equipment and requires a holographic laser camera and a special viewing box priced from $100,000 to $120,000.

For additional information contact Voxel, 26081 Merit Circle, Suite 177, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. 714/348-3200. Internet .


Procurement Reform
Buying Smart: State Procurement Reform Saves Millions -- produced by a joint task force of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives and the National Association of State Purchasing Officials -- is a comprehensive report that provides valuable information on current changes in information technology procurement and examines successful state practices.

This report -- intended for governors, legislators, agency heads and other policymakers -- contains five recommendations to improve information technology procurement:

Simplify the procurement of commodity items and services.
Build an infrastructure for electronic commerce.
Procure information technology based on best value.
Develop beneficial partnerships with vendors.
Solve problems with solicitations.
For a free copy of this publication call 606/ 231-1885 or download it from the Internet at: or .

Interactive Court Kiosks
The Federal Judicial Center is using an interactive kiosk designed for courts to provide better services to pro se (filing something in one's own behalf) petitioners, the bench, bar and general public. With interactive kiosks, court clerks and other officials spend less time on simple and routine administrative activities.

The kiosk workstations provide:

Procedures and screens for filing a pro se petition.
Information to prospective jurors.
Court docket information.
Court schedule information.
Attorney information.
Information on how to receive copies of rulings and other court documents.
Printing of forms.
Job announcements and vacancies.
Information on courtroom locations, office phone numbers and building facilities.
Listings of in-court activities.
For additional information contact the Federal Judicial Center, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC 20002. Call Ted Coleman at 202/273-4204 x 223.

Maximize CD-R
Image Automator is an automatic CD-R media handling system for processing high-volume CD-R duplications. The system accepts most standard caddy and tray drives, with a 200-disc capacity per input/output module.

ImageAutomator starts at $12,000 for modular and six-station processor.

For additional information contact MicroTech Conversion Systems, 2 Davis Drive, Belmont, CA 94002-3002. 800/223-3693 Internet: .

Internet Procurement
OrderLink is specifically designed for state and local government agencies to access shared master contracts via the Internet. Buyers can search contracts for needed goods and services, find detailed product information and place orders to government suppliers.

OrderLink has been approved by several California jurisdictions and by nearly 3,000 county and municipal government agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

For further information contact Datamatix, 630 West German Town Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Call Caroline Wildermuth at 610/397-0900. Fax: 610/397-0909.

Remote Mouse
RemoteLink is a simple remote-control system that makes it easy to control all of your home entertainment and Internet browsing appliances. System control is accomplished with only seven buttons.

RemoteLink's on-screen display not only gives one-touch access to all functions but also provides the mouse-pointing necessary for Web browsing.

For additional information contact Interlink Electronics Inc., 546 Flynn Road, Camarillo, CA 93012. 800/340-1331. Internet: .

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