Jeff Hoch, GE Intelligent Platforms, Inc.
Military and aerospace sector reaps benefits from consumer-led technology developments. The military and aerospace market may be said to have started this situation, first as far back as the late-1970s with the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) that laid the groundwork for the packet-switch networks that, in turn, form the basis of today's Internet, then again with the 1980s Very High-Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) program that established the blueprints for semiconductor design and manufacturing.
Battlefield communications capabilities are emerging as a top military priority, and vehicle electronics architectures are evolving to ensure that military assets can effectively serve as part of a holistic communications network.
Processors, algorithms and small form factor devices allow for deployment of video tracking and target detection on virtually any type of military and aerospace platform.