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.
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.
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.