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Modern Rugged Touchscreen Displays Give Operators Critical Visibility

July 07, 2020 | BY: Val Chrysostomou

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Over the last decade, the technologies used in defense and aerospace solutions have evolved considerably. Processing speeds are faster. Size, weight, and power (SWaP) is lower. Solutions are easier to deploy and use. And they’re more reliable, even in the harshest conditions. Military displays are no exception.

With the role that rugged display products play in defense and aerospace systems, it’s easy to focus on advances in screen technologies and enhancements in display resolution. But, it’s equally important to consider the impact of technology advances behind the screens. Both aspects are critical to ensuring system operators in military applications can quickly and easily access, view, and act-on mission-critical images and information in any field conditions.

To ensure operators can execute on mission tasks in an efficient and effective way, rugged display manufacturers must provide five key capabilities:

  1. Intuitive access to information that’s easy to read in all light conditions.
  2. Low size, weight, and power (SWaP) to minimize the burden on the platform and avoid competing for resources with other systems.
  3. Interoperability with a low-latency video distribution system (VDS) that manipulates images and information feeds before outputting the results to the mission displays.
  4. Adequate inputs and outputs (I/O) to connect to all other required video system components and platform systems.
  5. Extremely rugged design and packaging to withstand even the harshest environmental conditions.

These requirements mean military displays must incorporate a range of technology advances and be designed to seamlessly interoperate with other solutions and systems on the platform. By combining the right set of technology advances in the right way, it’s possible to develop a mission display that delivers everything operators need.

This white paper discusses advancements in rugged display technology that can be used in the aerospace and defence industry today, enabling operators to take advantage of things like PCAP touchscreen technology and optical bonding. Combined with interoperable video management and distribution systems, rugged touchscreen displays give warfighters critical information that wasn’t previously available to them, enhancing their situational awareness and mission success rate. 

By partnering with a rugged display manufacturer that has decades of experience in video system design and development for aerospace and defense applications ensures that not only will the warfighter get intuitive touchscreen technology but SWaP is minimized while application specific requirements are met.

Download the white paper to learn more about military display technology advancements, typical integration issues, projected capacitive (PCAP) touchscreen technology, and ruggedness and reliability requirements and solutions for military displays. 

Val Chrysostomou, Video Display

Author’s Biography

Val Chrysostomou

Product Manager, VDS

Val Chrysostomou is a Product Manager for the Video and Display Systems group at Curtiss-Wright. She has been involved in the defense industry for over 17 years with the last 10 years holding positions in marketing and product management. Val obtained a PhD in Engineering Management focusing in new product introduction efficiencies from the University of Hertfordshire, UK.

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