General Dynamics chooses rugged servers from Crystal for Prophet signals intelligence vetronics
HIAWATHA, Iowa, 16 Oct 2014. Vetronics designers at General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Ariz., needed rugged computer servers for a combat vehicle signals intelligence (SIGINT) system. They found their solution from Crystal Group Inc. in Hiawatha, Iowa.
General Dynamics is using the RS112 1U rugged server from Crystal Group on a project to integrate and upgrade the U.S. Army Prophet program, which enables tactical commanders to detect, identify, locate and deter a wide range of signal emissions on the battlefield.
The Prophet system is comprised of electronic components that are vehicle-mounted or soldier-transportable. Prophet offers a near-real-time picture of the battlespace through SIGINT sensors and high-performance computing.
The program is structured with the ability to incorporate new technologies as they become available, including Crystal Group's RS112 1U rugged server, Crystal officials say.
The Crystal Group server is relatively small, lightweight, and power-efficient, yet rugged enough to withstand the environmental rigors of vehicular electronics on the battlefield, where equipment is subject to high levels of shock and vibration, temperature extremes, dust, dirt, and other contaminants.
The RS112 meets MIL-STD 810, has a lightweight aluminum chassis, and is 20 inches deep. It has one expansion slot, two drive bays and Intel Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processor options, Crystal officials say. The rugged server is hard-mounted in Prophet vehicles or can be packaged in transit boxes that allow for quick installs.
"Crystal Group delivered 100 percent of their commitments on-time and with superior quality," says Terance Winn, the Prophet program manager at General Dynamics. The Crystal servers are part of Prophet upgrade stages spiral 1, and Prophet Enhanced – POR-A, POR-B) for its superior ruggedness, configuration management capability, compute density dependability and the company’s customer responsiveness.
The rugged server is hard mounted in Prophet vehicles or can be packaged in transit boxes that allow for quick installs. "Crystal Group was the spark behind our up-gunned server and server capability module upgrade,” Winn says. “This capability has had a very positive impact on our system performance and more importantly, our customer relationships with the Army.