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May 31, 2012

GD introduces new smart display for rugged vehicles

General Dynamics (GD) Canada has introduced a new SD8010 Smart Display for rugged ground combat vehicles conducting missions in harsh military environments, which can securely handle classified and unclassified information on a single screen.

General Dynamics (GD) Canada has introduced a new SD8010 Smart Display for rugged ground combat vehicles conducting missions in harsh military environments, which can securely handle classified and unclassified information on a single screen.

GD Canada general manager David Ibbetson said that military vehicles typically require separate computing assets for both these types of information systems, creating a drain on space and power.

"Our new smart displays provide our customers with a solution for information access across different security domains simultaneously, without compromising security, reliability or data and eliminating the need for separate information systems," Ibbetson said.

The new flexible and rugged platform is naturally convection-cooled; it does not need separate control and display processor units, and can provide improved access to information whenever and wherever required within the vehicle.

Featuring multiple independent levels of security/safety (MILS), a high-assurance security architecture for controlled information, the SD8010 Smart Display uses GD’s trusted embedded environment (TEE) to interface and process information at multiple security levels.

"Our new smart displays provide our customers with a solution for information access across different security domains simultaneously, without compromising security."

Designed specifically for tactical environments, TEE can also be deployed on various GD designed high-assurance products for homeland security applications.

Additional features of the display include touch screen, multiple video and audio input channels, streaming and snapshot video capture, wireless communications, embedded ground-based GPS receiver application module (GB-GRAM), multiple I/O ports and a solid-state hard drive.

The display is easily adaptable to changing mission requirements, while providing interoperability and supporting future technology enhancements.

Currently, the US Army’s ground combat vehicle platforms are fitted with GD’s family of rugged smart displays, these include the mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP), as well as Stryker and Bradley vehicles.

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