Tobyhanna Army Depot to buy display processors from Jupiter Systems for vision collaboration

TOBYHANNA, Pa., 30 Jan. 2014. U.S. Army electronics repair and upgrade specialists at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Tobyhanna, Pa., needed display processors for a variety of collaborative visualization applications. They found their solution from Jupiter Systems in Hayward, Calif.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC-APG), Tobyhanna Division (TYAD), announced plans this week to award a sole-source contract to Jupiter Systems for 36 Vizion Plus II display wall processors. The value of the embedded computing contract has yet to be negotiated.

The VizionPlus II, designed for military applications in collaborative visualization, uses second-generation PCI Express technology that delivers bandwidth as fast as 40 gigabits per second, Jupiter officials say.

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A VizionPlus II display wall processor blends visual data sources from military operations centers and displays them in moveable, scalable windows on a virtual display composed of several output devices such as LCD flat panels, plasma panels, projectors, or projection cubes.

The VizionPlus II's 40-gigabit-per-second bandwidth can carry several high-resolution video signals at 60 frames per second, drive high-resolution monitors at 32 bits per pixel, and support many configurations.

The VizionPlus II also is a PC, with an Intel Core 2 Duo microprocessor, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and a 500-gigabyte hard drive that enables users to run mission-critical applications, access data through the network, engage the information, and collaborate on a wall-sized desktop, Jupiter officials say.

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Data sources for the VizionPlus II can include local applications, remote network applications, remote network RGB streams, IP video streams, directly connected SD and HD video, VGA and DVI inputs. Users access data sources from a software interface that controls the virtual display surface.

The VizionPlus II display wall processor is designed for continuous operation in tactical and strategic command-and-control settings to provide a common operating picture, and are part of situational awareness systems for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, CIA, NSA, and Department of Defense, Jupiter officials say.

Army officials are awarding the contract to Jupiter Systems sole source because the company is the only responsible source, and no other supplies will satisfy Army requirements, officials. In addition, the technical data required for production and testing of these items is proprietary to Jupiter.

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Any company whose leaders believe they have capability to satisfy these requirements should contact Raymond Molitoris by phone at 570-615-7579, or by email at raymond.j.molitoris.civ@mail.mil no later than 4 Feb. 2014.

For more information contact Jupiter Systems online at www.jupiter.com, or the Army Contracting Command at Tobyhanna Army Depot online at www.tobyhanna.army.mil/organization/contracting.

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