Paul Davis, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions
Video-centric systems are used to capture specific video data and switch the video data to displays for viewing, and store for later analysis. The basic video-centric system consists of multiple video sensors (typically cameras), multiple operator displays and storage to capture the video. A video-centric system may be stationary or mobile. This paper gives a brief introduction to stationary systems with further focus on mobile applications.
The key attributes of a PLS, such as the Curtiss-Wright GLX4000, clearly point to its flexibility. Since it is a digital device, network connections and configuration can be done through software, via a Command Line Interface (CLI) or Graphical User Interface (GUI), remotely if necessary. The non-blocking, digital backplane permits any configuration, with any input connected to any output. Being network transparent means a PLS acts as a pass-through, uninvolved in the protocol. The fact that a PLS is protocol agnostic allows support for any serial digital protocol, standard and non-standard. The flexible nature of a PLS lends itself to many military and commercial applications. In the case of the GLX4000, one of its many advantages is the ability to act as a media converter.