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REDFOX designs, manufactures and sells ultra ruggedized computers and systems for permanent operations. REDFOX computer systems are built into stationary and mobile equipment for use in harsh environments.
REDFOX is based in Switzerland, which enables a sustainably high level of quality. The company was founded in 1985 as an engineering company with the aim of developing industrial and military embedded systems. 50 experts implement individual customer requirements at an uncompromisingly quality standard.
REDFOX supplies products and support to customers with high demand for functionality and performance. Modular design enables customer specific configurations with short turnaround times. REDFOX AG assists the integration process in order to shorten time to operational readiness.
REDFOX computers and systems facilitate missions. Military leadership is supported by a choice of alternative actions in combat. The REDFOX DEFENCE product portfolio is developed in compliance to specific military needs. The REDFOX DEFENCE product range includes all required components. High reliability, long life expectancy and durability are ensured in all configurations by the following characteristics:
- Protected against dust and water penetration: MIL STD 810 F
- Electromagnetic immunity: MIL STD 461 E, EN 61000-4, and EN 55022
- Wide temperature ranges: -40°C to 75°C
- Resistance to shock and vibration: MIL STD 810 F
- Tolerant voltage supply: 24 VDC (8 to 40 VDC) in accordance to MIL STD 1275 B
Every mission has its particular needs. REDFOX DEFENCE products have a modular design. This allows affordable customization on various levels with short time to readiness. Displays can be adapted to specific utilization. Moreover, through the use of additional internal modules in computer systems further requirements are fulfilled.
REDFOX DEFENCE displays fulfill high requirement regarding toughness and readability. However, certain circumstances need additional efforts. REDFOX DEFNCE displays offer the option to realize following additional functions:
- Night vision
- Sunlight readable / trasrefelction
- Higher or lower resolutions
- Variations in size and format
- Vandal proof
All REDFOX DEFENCE computer systems do offer several possibilities of standardized application expansions. The following bus systems are supported by default:
- PC card
- Hilscher COM
- GPIOs (General purpose input output)
Customized USB 2.0 Modules
REDFOX DEFENCE computer systems do have six internal USB2.0 slots. Those allow specific application enhancements. These modules are wholly developed and produced by REDFOX AG. This offers numerous possibilities of tailored application, with short time to operational readiness.
Hardware and Software needs to be protected from unauthorized access. The Security module is part of a protection concept. It allows configuring specific user profile in combination with an e-token. The e-token is a hybrid USB and one-time password token. It combines the functionality of smart card based authentication tokens with one-time password user authentication technology in detached mode.
Special circumstances need special measurements, in terms of functional reliability. REDFOX DEFENCE products offer the option of equipping it with autonomous microcontrollers. Those microcontrollers take over thereby many monitoring and control functions. Over the user friendly Microsoft Windows mask operating conditions can be configured. For example, critical application can be time watched, or unit heating and background lighting individually adjusted. With critical operating conditions a warning reference appears, before individual preset mechanism becomes active. Over the Windows Setup program all functions of the micro control unit can be configured comfortably and clearly.
REDFOX DEFENCE computer systems are distinctively built for daily use in military applications. During development, primary considerations were on reliability and performance in all situations.
The fully self contained aluminum case guarantees optimal protection against dust and water. Its uncompromising mechanical design permits easy usability as well as reliable protection against electromagnetic interferences.
The computer systems obtain its performance by using multi core CPUs. Efficient heat dissipation ensures full processing power even with high ambient temperature, without use of fans. Multi screen operation facilitates its installation and enhances user application. Several standard bus systems allow cost efficient customization. Those are:
- USB 2.0
- GPIOs (General purpose input output)
- Firewire 800 (IEEE1394b)
- Hilscher COM
An autonomous microcontroller manages and monitors the computer. A variety of customer specific characteristics can be programmed by systematic parameter settings:
- Predefined start up and shut down of the computer system
- Activate and deactivate heater
- Monitor the instructor processor
- Trigger alarms
- Deletion of predefined data
All REDFOX DEFENCE all in one computer units are equipped with touch screens. Touch screens have two main attributes. First, it enables one to interact with what is displayed directly on the screen, where it is displayed, rather than indirectly with a mouse or touchpad. Secondly, it lets one do so without requiring any intermediate device, such as a stylus that needs to be held in the hand. Optionally, programmable buttons expand the field of application.
The REDFOX DEFNECE remote displays are usable as additional or remote monitors. They are designed and produced for long term daily military use under harsh conditions. Legibility in very bright environment is assured due to the use of specific filters. Additionally, sensors adjust the brightness according to the ambient.
All REDFOX DEFENCE remote displays are equipped with touch screens. Touch screens have two main attributes. First, it enables one to interact with what is displayed directly on the screen, where it is displayed, rather than indirectly with a mouse or touchpad. Secondly, it lets one do so without requiring any intermediate device, such as a stylus that needs to be held in the hand. Optionally, programmable buttons expand the field of application.
The REDFOX DEFENCE Ethernet switch ensures communications between computer systems despite harsh conditions. Nine data channels operate at 1000, 100 or 10 Mbit/s. A version with full duplex fiber channel for single mode fibers enhances connectivity.
All copper based channels are equipped with Power over Ethernet. These technologies is especially useful for powering cameras with pan tilt and zoom functions, embedded computers and thin clients via the Ethernet copper cable.
The use of REDFOX DEFENCE docking stations expands the range of possible applications for computer systems significantly. Computer units can be used in different settings without compromising on its durability.
The docking stations are designed for vehicle wall mounting as well as for tabletop installation. All connectors are fitted with mechanical protective covers. This prevents contamination even in harsh military use, disparate a computer is docked or not. A mechanical interlock prevents any tilting of docked units unrelated of extreme conditions. An optical fiber interface is available as a part of an optional connectivity kit.
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