US Coast Guard Contract

28 November 2013

Vision4ce has delivered its 100th GRIP Rugged Computer in support of the U.S. Coast Guard's naval machinery control system update. The GRIP Delta orders for the Coast Guard are not only being included in the outfitting of the new National Security Cutter Ship Class, but also as part of older ship class retrofits in the Coast Guard's modernization of its machinery rooms.

Vision4ce's General-purpose Rugged Integrated Processor (GRIP) Rugged Computers and Rugged DVRs incorporate the latest multi-core Intel processors and NVIDIA high-end general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU) capability. Factors that resulted in the selection of the Vision4ce GRIP Delta are its broad industry applicability, including a rugged modular GRIP chassis that provides an IP67 sealed enclosure for the internal COTS hardware and within the chassis a combination of convection and conduction cooling that ensures minimal heat stress of the components. This is coupled with internal shock isolation used to ensure reliable operation in tough environments resulting in a high-performance computing solution at low power and an affordable price.

The GRIP Delta is a true commercial off the shelf (COTS) high performance rugged computer system featuring the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 (Haswell) mobile processors combined with up to a NVIDIA GT640 GPU. The GRIP Delta is targeted at applications which require GPGPU processing in harsh environments. Other applications of the GRIP Delta include real-time deployable computers in critical imagery and ISR optical missions.

Vision4ce primarily serves security, surveillance and military markets in manned and unmanned vehicles, ships and aircraft; however, other application areas of this technology include security, automotive, transportation, oil and gas, nuclear, military and aerospace sectors. "This contract has put Vision4ce on the map with several U.S. DoD end users and has the potential to spread into the Navy ships." explains Brad Zell, President of Vision4ce LLC.

Vision4ce (pronounced "Vision Force") specializes in the provision of rugged computer and rugged DVR hardware, based on both NVIDIA and AMD GPGPU capability for CUDA and Open CL applications. Vision4ce's embedded video tracker hardware & software enables multiple object detection and tracking, and can be offered with a range of additional image processing features such as image stabilization and image fusion. Our video tracking and electro-optical (EO) sensor video management products support defense, security, surveillance and aerospace market sectors. Our engineers have a strong background in the development, integration and deployment of solutions for challenging real-world image processing, video management and EO system control applications.