A genuine plug and play information backplane
Our “digital backbone” – the ELECTRONIC KEEL® (EKEEL®) – is a ruggedized, open-architecture Data Distribution System providing high-performance processing, network routing/switching and video signal conversion for access and control via standard computer displays or rugged touchscreen displays.
The ELECTRONIC KEEL provides operators with access to and control of mobile and fixed platform sub-systems from a single interface through multiple independently controlled, simultaneously viewed, resistive multi-touch and/or resistive-touch multi-function displays.
The EKEEL’s open operating system (OS), open/published API and One Touch Access™ GUI software (SDK available), provide a common operator interface to government-furnished equipment or other platform equipment and applications with single button actuation and intuitive design. Also known as “OBERON” within U.S. Army, the ELECTRONIC KEEL and related SYNEXXUS ruggedized electronics have been deployed with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2009.
Electronic Keel® V5 and V7 Series CIU
The ELECTRONIC KEEL system is comprised of two main components: an EKEEL Central Interface Unit (CIU) with removable hard drives, and one or more resistive touch/multi-touch SYNEXXUS Multi-Function Displays (MFD/MFD2) with open standard connections to the EKEEL CIU. The EKEEL V5 Series CIU is our multi-processor version. The EKEEL V7 Series CIU is our single-processor version, providing the ELECTRONIC KEEL’s patented architecture in a smaller form factor for more space- and weight-constrained environments.
ELECTRONIC KEEL incorporates, integrates and networks vehicle or other platform equipment including cameras, radars, radios, remote weapon systems, vehicle monitoring systems, sniper detection systems, blue force tracking software, carry-on notebook computers, navigational systems, command & control systems and other sensors and sub-systems. When connected to a communications link such as UHF, VHF, WIFI, 4G LTE, SATCOM, etc., the ELECTRONIC KEEL provides dismounted operators with networked situational awareness of these sensors while out of the vehicle, effectively serving as the central hub and distributed node for multiple platforms to provide sharing of data/video, chat, and real-time on-screen annotation between each vehicle or node on the network, including distributed assets such as UAV/UGV.
SYNEXXUS 15.4” Multi-Function Display (MFD2)
ELECTRONIC KEEL communicates with vehicle systems and installed equipment through standard interfaces including ETH, USB, VGA, RS170, RS232, RS422, RS485, and optional J1939 or 1553 interfaces, among others. The EKEEL’s COTS-based open architecture adheres to government and industry standards and initiatives such as the U.S. Army’s Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Mobile Distributed C4ISR Architecture (MDCA) initiatives.
SYNEXXUS’ EKEEL® systems have been deployed on a range of tactical vehicles such as Cougar 6×6 and 4×4, MRAP-All Terrain Vehicles (MATV), and MaxxPro® Dash vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as multiple other combat vehicle platforms for training purposes in the US and Canada. EKEEL® systems have also been installed on Special Operations maritime platforms such as Stiletto and riverine combatant craft, airborne ISR platforms and in Tactical Operations Centers (TOCs).
Originally designed for the defense marketplace, the ELECTRONIC KEEL is being used by commercial customers in markets ranging from NGOs operating in austere environments to commercial security firms for site monitoring and entry-control purposes. The EKEEL’s patented modular, open architecture design and proven performance provide a competitive advantage to any organization requiring high-end computing, networking and data/video management capability in a small-form, rugged design.
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