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How the IoT Makes a Difference in People’s Health

8 Jun 2018

The Internet of Things (IoT) is fast becoming a common staple among manufacturers of software-infused devices. From fitness bands to home security systems to pacemakers, IoT is the driver in which every aspect of our daily lives is connected to the Cloud, constantly being updated, and enabling us to multitask more efficiently. These days, the IoT is largely taken for granted and almost expected to be implemented into new products that accommodate our particular lifestyle. However, one area where the IoT has a significant impact on an individual’s Quality of Life is in the medical device industry.

IoT for medical devices

As IoT applications connect your watch to your phone to show alerts, measurements and data, so can this technology enable a person to monitor their health, whether critical or benign information. This connectivity is quickly becoming a vital feature, one in which patient/doctor health monitoring can be performed remotely and in real time, allowing for more accurate diagnostics and emergency alerts, should the need arise. This is extremely beneficial to patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cardiac problems and even dementia.

Though connected medical devices are still in their infancy, what we have seen is truly remarkable. For example, one company enables patients with heart monitors to download an app that reads their bpm (beats per minute) in real time, and then quickly sends a distress signal to their personal physician if they feel an episode coming on. This allows the physician to remotely watch the cardiograph in real time and diagnose the problem on the spot. Gone are the days of handwritten logs of daily occurrences and having to look through hundreds of hours of graphs trying to diagnose the issue.

The IoT and personal patient information grants the following:

  • Analysis of different patients to collectively understand behaviors and risks
  • Analysis of a patient’s health over time to identify early signs of concern
  • Send and receive secured data between physician and patient
  • Constant and real-time monitoring of patient diagnostics
  • Support for emergency notification

Operating room with monitor

Not only does the IoT work well on a personal patient level, but just as much within a hospital setting where nearly everything is run on computers and various digital medical devices. In the same way the commercial industry is using the IoT to create “smart” homes, it’s only a matter of time before hospitals will be transformed into “smart” facilities. Assuming security is maintained at all levels, the benefits realized for patients and the healthcare system will be abundant.

  • Initial medical device activation
  • Predictive and scheduled maintenance
  • Send and receive notifications from selected devices
  • Overall analytics

General Digital’s Software Services Group is providing various aspects of software and product development that will enable new IoT-connected medical devices to become FDA approved—and function exactly the way the designer intended. Having worked very closely with the DoD on various projects for many years, our expertise extends far beyond that of most other software service providers. Our top priorities are ensuring that programs for such medical products are HIPAA compliant, leaving no room for lost data and exposure. Also, with our expertise in the aerospace industry, our knowledge of safety-critical software is best in class.

The IoT has shown us much that is remarkable, but none more so than in the healthcare industry. It has already made a difference in the lives of so many individuals, addressing health issues faster than ever before. As the evolution of technology permeates our everyday life, so too will the way the medical world communicates.

Future Advancements in Display Technology Today

1 May 2018

Future display technology

Display technology is evolving at an exponential level. As the demand for digital visuals spikes, we must always keep the human-machine interface (HMI) at the forefront of design and engineering. This applies to military applications as much as it does to workstations, gaming, mobile, outdoor and so on. Sure, it’s great if displays become more sophisticated each year—so long as mission success is not compromised.

OLED Displays
OLED layersOLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays could replace LED backlit displays in the not-too-distant future. OLED performance is equal to or better than LED or LCD screens in high brightness output, high contrast ratio, wide color gamut, wide viewing angles and fast response times. Additionally, OLED displays do not require a backlight, which translates to extremely thin screens that are more energy efficient and simpler to build than LCD displays, not to mention the weight savings.

Flexible Displays
Flexible smartphone conceptAnother benefit to OLED technology is its inherent flexibility. Flexible displays are more than the latest fad. Made from malleable components (such as flexible glass, metal, or plastic) that allow it to be reshaped for a variety of configurations, bendable displays are virtually shatterproof. They may become the military’s number one choice, what with their slimness, light weight, increased durability and improved image quality. As the technology progresses and trickles down into the consumer market, it’s likely the costs will drop below that of current LCDs (time will tell if this pans out—we’re not soothsayers). Of course, curved TV screens—with their perfect picture from every viewing angle—are already available to you and me. Can you imagine an ultra-thin, bendable smartphone that folds up neatly to take up minimal room in your pants pocket or purse?

Tactile Touch Screens
Haptic touch screenTouch screen technology has been around for decades now—most notably in our very own VuePoint touch terminal, which debuted in 1977, and is still in production today in its third generation form. Multitouch touch screens have advanced the user experience greatly. And now, the latest innovation is haptic touch screens, which provide tactile feedback to the user as they scroll over items or click buttons. They do this by delivering different textures to the finger, or a low electrical current that stimulates the skin just enough to confirm a selection.

And More to Come
3D hologram the next big thingOn the horizon (if not already here) are 3-D screens that don’t require special glasses for the immersive 3-D experience, and holographic displays of the sort we first saw in Star Wars, when Princess Leia sent a “video” message via R2D2. The rapid-fire improvements in display technology ensure an exciting future for generations. Soon, Star Trek will no longer be considered science fiction, but simply the norm.

From Hand-to-Hand to Hacking: The New Battlefield Defense

25 Apr 2018

War is no longer confined to just bullets and bombs and hand-to-hand combat. Cyber warfare is now one of the largest and most complex battlefronts.

To combat this ever-constant threat, everyone—from you and your family to government and military organizations—must defend against any sort of computer attack. Firewalls and highly effective security software are just the start in maintaining control, and what most of us consider the “only” or “best” option available. However, the military, government and security experts are convinced we can do better.

Bringing cybersecurity down to the hardware level is the next line of defense, as well as one of the hardest to breach, assuring all confidential data are maintained and protected to the highest degree. Hardware-based security techniques vary—they can be built-in on the system level, board level, and even on the chips within the hardware.

SlimLine 1U Smart Card CAC ReaderAlthough General Digital doesn’t build security hardware, we offer options that can be integrated into our LCD monitors, which many in industrial and military sectors find beneficial. One option is the addition of a CAC (Common Access Card) reader, which reads Smart cards. This little piece of plastic, the size of a credit card, has encrypted coding on its magnetic strip that is read by the system and will provide access only if the coding matches what the system was programmed to read. Smart cards are extremely difficult to replicate and provide access for the cardholder to secure facilities, documents, data storage and the like. Another option, which one day will replace Smart cards, is biometrics authentication, which is a more advanced form of identification, as it relates to a variety of human characteristics.

Saber LCD monitor Privacy ScreenWe also offer privacy screens for our monitors, allowing visibility to only the user positioned directly in front of the unit and creating a “block-out” view to anyone standing outside the narrow viewing cone.

Also, our Software Services engineers, with their expert attention to detail, goes above and beyond when working with the military, providing the highest level of security in many forms.

As new technology emerges, we are able to incorporate it into our monitors and keyboards, how ever it best serves our customers.

We invite you to consult a Sales Engineer today for your cybersecurity needs.

Rugged Monitors for Ruggedized Workstations

24 Apr 2018

Submarines, Humvees, aircraft, ships, and even server rooms share a common theme: minimal space for personnel and equipment. And the computer workstations needed for the mission or task at hand are a vital component to achieving the day’s objectives. Not only must these systems and monitors be compact and easily accessed by highly active team members, but they also need to be ruggedized to withstand serious shock, vibration, and impacts, as well as meet MIL-STD-461 requirements for EMI.

JLTV on the move

Now more than ever, streamlined and lightweight—but rugged—workstations are a necessity for military and industrial servers. Whether you are running a small server in a mobile transit case or Pelican™ case, or a large server in a full-size stationary RETMA rack, we manufacture many types of fixed monitors and rack mount drawer-mounted  flip-up monitor-keyboards. With display sizes from 6.5″ to 65″, at a variety of resolutions, we can accommodate nearly any requirement. We have exactly what the military needs for those crucial moments where dependability is of the utmost importance.

Sailor at workstation

Another important factor for a military monitor destined for workstation duty is customization—you have a particular set of requirements your equipment must meet. With General Digital’s abundance of options and accessories, you’ll want for nothing. The short list includes:

If you can think of it, our engineers can make it a reality.

If your specs call for a rack mount, panel mount or standalone monitor, have a look at our super rugged Saber Series, our waterproof sealed Barracuda Series or our large format Titan Series. They can easily be paired with one of the many advanced desktop and rack mount keyboards we offer.

Slimline 1U 19 inch in transit case

Or perhaps you need a flip-up display rack drawer with integral keyboard and trackball, which our 1U high SlimLine 1U Series and 2U high SlimLine Lite II Series will cover nicely. For more display real estate, you’ll appreciate our flip-up dual display-keyboard rack drawer, the TwoView.

If you don’t need a keyboard, there’s the rugged single display SlimLine Micro Series and dual display TwoView Micro Series, both of which can be rack mounted, ceiling mounted, or even wall mounted.

For space-saving, military-grade LCD monitors that will serve in your workstations well into the next decade (and probably beyond, if past experience tells us anything), you will be best served by a General Digital monitor. Contact a Sales Engineer today for a no-obligation consultation.

These 3 Basic Attributes Aren’t So Special, But Every Military Monitor Requires Them

6 Apr 2018

Military-grade monitors must adhere to a strict set of requirements. It’s a no-brainer that they need to be rugged and durable to take the abuse they will inevitably endure, whether on the battlefield or the battleship. However, some factors matter more than others when a great many lives are on the line. Readability, portability and wide temperature range are three important features to look for in your next ruggedized display.

 

Marine AV-8B Harrier takes off just before sunset

Display readability is key for communication. You might think any display is easily readable, but just think of the difficulty you have trying to view your cell phone or tablet when the sun is shining directly on it. Imagine if you had that same problem in the field, unable to see critical information you need to assessed an evolving situation.

Our display engineers and Optical Bonding Laboratories business unit work together to create the best sunlight readable displays on the market. The easy-access OSD (On-screen Display) keypad allows for quick adjustment of the LED backlight brightness, thus ensuring that the display is readable, regardless of the ambient light.

The same sunlight readable LED rail can be configured to also enable the display to become compatible with night vision goggles (NVG). Additionally, we offer numerous antiglare films, privacy films, EMI protection and more as optional extras.

 

Humvee driving on dirt road

Portability is an extremely important asset for many military monitors. For mobile units, traveling from base to front lines and everywhere in-between, a monitor that is lightweight and rugged and reliable is invaluable. General Digital constructs our display enclosures primarily from aluminum, and reinforce with steel where necessary.

Whether mounted in a console or a transit case, shock and vibration is another factor that must be considered, as a constant battering by rogue waves or choppy Humvee rides can reduce internal electronics to a shambles in short order. A good military-grade monitor is rugged on the inside as well as the outside.

 

Coast Guard heavy icebreaker ship Polar Sea (WAGB 11)

All display systems create heat when operating, and have a limited internal temperature range at which they can function. If your monitor can’t handle the temperature extremes it will encounter, it suddenly transforms into an expensive paperweight.

Some advanced commercial-grade monitors have internal thermometers that alert the system to power down when reaching beyond their limited temperature extremes. That’s good, but military-grade LCD monitors need to continue operating at a far wider temperature range, whether in the desert under direct sunlight or aboard a Navy warship stationed in the arctic. Because of this, the monitor needs to be able to maintain an operating temperature range of at least 5°F to 130°F (-15°C to +55°C) and a storage temperature range from -67°F to 185°F (-55°C to +85°C) in accordance with military-issued standards.

 

There are, of course, other must-have attributes of military-grade monitors, but these are often overlooked when determining the requirements. To discuss your requirements for a rugged LCD monitor, we invite you to speak with a Sales Engineer. As always, there is no obligation on your part.

What You Need to Know About General Digital Repair Services

26 Feb 2018

Broken display on iPhone

It’s happened to most of us.

You buy a really cool widget, take it out of the box, turn it on, and it starts to behave erratically. And reading the troubleshooting section of the documentation yields no solutions. Or, let’s say the widget operates flawlessly for a week beyond the expiration of the warranty.

Great! Now what? you say to yourself. Do you call the reseller or manufacturer and complain, hoping that they offer to replace it, free of charge? Or worse, you suddenly recall declining the extended warranty that the salesperson offered. Your options are limited: you could further damage it trying to fix the problem yourself, or you frantically call tech support and scream at the innocent technician who can’t remedy the issue, all the while loathing your decision to purchase the widget.

Thankfully, although the era of “The customer is always right” has largely fallen out of favor, there exist many companies that will work through the predicament to ensure the best experience and resolution for their customers. As many can attest, General Digital is one of those companies.

General Digital Repair DepartmentMost General Digital products are covered by a one-year warranty from the date of shipment. In some instances, we may be able to fix a problem by consultation through e-mail or a phone call. If not, the customer will need an RMA number to ship the product back to General Digital’s facility. Either way—and this is important—an accurate  failure description and serial number are of great importance in expediting your repair. If you do ship the unit to us, upon incoming inspection and diagnosis of product for repair, we quickly generate a Failure Analysis Report to send to the customer. Once approved, the product is put into the queue for repair.

While we go to great lengths to accommodate our customer’s needs, we cannot honor a warranty repair for product that was clearly subjected to accidental damage, negligence, abuse or use in conditions for which it was not intended.

We also ask that the product be sent back in its original packaging, even if the product is damaged. Note that we can ship you a new package for safe transport, if needed. Our shipping materials have been specially designed to ensure the least amount of damage by rushed and careless delivery company personnel.

Though not everything goes as planned, you can always count on General Digital to help you out during the best and worst of times.

Watch the video below and learn more about returning product for repair to General Digital on our Web site.

For the Best Quality, DIY ur PCBs

4 Feb 2018

Ruggedized displays, first-rate software development and testing, optical bonding for stellar display performance…all qualities of which General Digital is known the world over.

PCB close-up But there is one crucial element that ties all of these admirable qualities together and enables them to perform well. A simple, unassuming device that, unless you’re an engineer, you probably don’t think about often. We’re talking, of course, about printed circuit boards, otherwise known as PCBs. You know, the variably-sized green fiberglass boards that have all manner of copper pathways and scores of tiny electronic components soldered to them.

Many times, manufacturers will import their PCBs from foreign markets, whose quality control and attention to detail is often suspect. Of course, here at General Digital, we like to do things a bit differently—by making our own printed circuit board assemblies in-house. This ensures superior build quality and allows us to do production runs as big or as small as our needs require. Currently, we are producing a medium volume of PCBs, but are looking to further expand production.

PCB close-upAs of this writing, the product list for our in-house PCBs is quite extensive. There are LED driver boards, LED rails for display enhancements (which include sunlight readability and night vision goggle compatibility), calibration boards, control boards, digital equalizer boards, USB hubs and interface boards, to name a few. All are engineered and designed for use with our display products or sold as standalone devices to be integrated by the customer. And, because we do custom work, we encourage manual stenciling for the solder paste application to each board.

General Digital is certified and trained in following specific standards and procedures to make sure that the development of our printed circuit boards are more than just “up to code” products. We are certified in IPC 610: Inspection/Pick and Place Assembly; IPC J Standard: Hand Soldering (when necessary and applicable); and IPC 7711/21: Reworking.

PCB close-upAlthough, for a small (but growing) company, you might think that space would be critical and crucial. Yet, we are serious when it comes to organization and cleanliness with all of our products. We’ve managed to squeeze in some premium PCB production equipment, including an oven for solder reflow, a reflow machine for reworking in accordance to IPC 7711/21, and a wash machine to ensure that our PCB boards are spotless.

If you need high quality, customized PCBs, look no further than the experienced staff at General Digital Corporation. Providing performance at every level.

This is the Best Way to Process Code for Review

5 Jan 2018

Many teams struggle with code reviews. They’re slow, they’re difficult, they lead to arguments, and worst of all they’re ineffective. After a while, everyone stops caring about them and the code review becomes a meaningless exercise. “It compiles…it doesn’t crash when I start the application…ship it.” Some teams stop the code review process altogether, perhaps not officially, but no one bothers to ask for one and no one bothers to complain when it’s missing.

But it doesn’t have to be like this!

At General Digital Software Services (GDSS), the code review is so central to our process and so ingrained in our approach to software that it has become unthinkable to skip the code review process. Our reviews are quick and easy, and they are extremely effective. We’d like to share some of the things we’ve done to get there, and hopefully they’ll help your team get there, too.

The most important piece of the puzzle is that our code review process doesn’t start when the actual code review starts. The code review process starts before a single line of code is ever changed. We generally think of this concept as “Code for Review.”

Code for Review

The basic idea is that the person doing the development work will give some thought to what these changes will look like to someone performing the review. It’s not enough for the changes to be accurate and correct. They MUST be easy to review, or as easy as possible, anyway. It’s a different way of thinking about the software process. It sounds like a lot of extra work for the developer, and in some cases it can be, but most of the time it’s just a matter of grouping like changes together and keeping dissimilar changes on separate commits.

For example, let’s say I have to go into a function that’s got a couple of bugs in it and also has become too large, thus, it needs to be split up. And maybe there are some incorrect comments that should be fixed up. The traditional way of doing this change is to simply fix the comment, split up the function and fix the bugs all at the same time. I can almost guarantee that this will make for a horrible experience for the reviewer, and the chances of finding a mistake will be much lower than it needs to be.

At GDSS, we would almost certainly split this up into three separate commits. The first commit would touch NOTHING but the incorrect comments. The second commit would only address the bugs, and we might even put them on separate commits if we feel just one will be confusing. The final commit will be to split up the function, and to the extent that it’s possible, the split up will be done with a strict cut and paste—no reformatting, no extra fixing—nothing. Just cut and paste. If more clean-up work needs to be done after the split, that would be an additional commit.

commit

That’s a lot of commits, but it’s not really any extra work for the developer. All he or she has done is gathered up his work in logical chunks and maybe hit the commit button a few extra times. But to the reviewer, it’s heaven! Why?

First commit: comments only. I can look at the changes to see that they make sense, and then click “ignore comments” in my diff tool and see that only comments have changed. It probably takes me 20 seconds to do this.

Second commit: bug fixes. Again, if it’s just one logical fix per commit, this review should be very simple.

Third commit: function split up. It’s a cut and paste job, so using a modern diff tool, it should be very simple to figure out that the code hasn’t actually changed, and all that really needs to be reviewed are the new function call and parameters.

Of course, there will be reviews that are more difficult than this, but we’ve found that by implementing the principle of “Code for Review,” the vast majority of our code reviews become very fast and simple non-events. This is so important to us that we sometimes reject changes without even looking at them. “I can’t review this mess. Please redo it.” Yeah, it stinks but what else can you do? Fake the code review? If it can’t be effectively reviewed, it goes back.

Once you have a simple and effective code review process, it will no longer be a meaningless step that only gets done because you have to. Developers will come to embrace and depend on the process. “The team’s got my back.” That’s how it should feel, and that will only ever happen if the process is truly effective.

But Code for Review is just one piece of the puzzle. Here are some others:

Are you still using CVS/SVN/RCCS/etc.? Well, cut it out. Use a modern source control tool of some kind. At the moment, we’re using Mercurial. With a modern tool, the physical act of performing the code review becomes very simple. There are many different ways to do it, but our general workflow is:

  • Developer makes changes and commits in their local repo, and runs “hg serve” to start the web server
  • He’ll ask for a code review, and another developer pulls the changes into his local code review repo
  • If the reviewer is happy, he’ll give the developer the OK to push to the central repo

It’s very fast and very simple. With due respect to my SVN toting colleagues, I can’t imagine how anyone could ever do quick and effective code reviews with such a thing.

Diff software screenExperiment with different diff tools. I have at least 5 or 6 separate diff tools on my system. Some are paid for…some are free. All of them are good at different tasks. Don’t be afraid to spend a couple of bucks on a quality tool. A painter needs a brush. Software engineers need diff tools.

And finally, take ego out of code reviews. By it’s very nature, it’s an adversarial process. This is where the team lead needs to step in and set the tone. Yes, people will find things wrong with your code. THIS IS GOOD! It should be expected that your code isn’t perfect the first time. If you’re not finding errors with code reviews, you’re probably doing it wrong. “The team’s got my back.” When you’re doing it right, that attitude is the natural consequence.

RestoMods—Not Just for Cars

12 Dec 2017

RestoMod: a term coined by car enthusiasts who admire the old classics, but appreciate modern amenities. This is usually accomplished by taking an older vehicle (a 1969 Mustang Fastback, for example) and “restoring” all of its innards with modern components. Sounds like a motor enthusiast’s dream, right?
1965 Ford Mustang RestoMod

 

VuePoint

The first Macintosh computer, circa 1984Now, what if, simply for the sake of nostalgia, someone fitted the original 1984 Macintosh computer with the latest 9-inch flat panel display, touch screen and 5 TB  hard drive? Some serious retro techy would definitely be adding that to their collection.

This is exactly what General Digital did with our VuePoint product line, though for the benefit of our customers rather than nostalgic longings. Forty years ago, we released VuePoint™, the world’s first gas plasma, flat panel, serial terminal with an integral touch screen. It evolved into VuePoint II™ in 1984, which had improved functionality in a much more compact, easy-to-build package. Then, in 2003, with much demand for an updated version, a third generation VuePoint III™ was developed and built, which is a drop-in replacement for VuePoint II.

Much of our VuePoint I and VuePoint II product line is still in service today in the printing, flight simulation and power plant industries, and is being utilized by a whole new generation of users.

Three generations of Vuepoint touch terminals

Forty-four years ago, General Digital began life as an engineering company. In our earliest stages, we built or programmed whatever people needed. By 1977, after much tinkering and experimentation, we released the VuePoint, a monochrome gas plasma flat panel display with a serial circuit board and Z80 processor that could hold a whopping 8k of RAM. Though that seems minuscule by modern memory standards, at the time it was incredible. The unit could even be upgraded to 16k for an additional $250! That might seem expensive for such little memory, but remember, this is 1977.

The original VuePoint could receive and store different serial commands on “pages.” Utilizing an infrared-style touch screen, users could change parameters on those pages and send serial commands back to the system. It became very popular for nuclear aircraft carriers, nuclear power plants, fossil fuel power plants, newspaper printing presses, sheet metal fabrication facilities and many other industries.

In 1984, the second generation VuePoint II was created. It featured the same size display, a newer processor, more RAM, and a much simpler and more efficient construction process. It enjoyed a long production run of nearly 20 years.

In 2003, the VuePoint III was produced as a direct-fit replacement, and consisted of modern components. Now using an active matrix LCD display rather than gas plasma, the monochrome orange characters were recreated using the new color display to appear as though it were a gas plasma display. The unit mounts the same, looks the same, and operates the same as previous VuePoint generations, but with modern interior components.

This makes VuePoint General Digital’s longest running product line. The philosophy of “restomodding” a display system has carried through to many of our products. Adding new, modern inner components while leaving the exterior, mounting, connectors and more identical to the original.

 

 SlimLine

Original SlimLine flip-up display with keyboard and touch pad - circa 1992In 1992, long before anyone realized the benefits of such a design, we introduced the SlimLine™, a 2U high (3.50″), flip-up LCD monitor with an integral keyboard and pointing device, capable of passing military shock and vibration requirements.

Though many “copycat” devices soon followed and are widely available today, General Digital goes to great lengths to produce ruggedized products built to last for years, while offering maximum flexibility.

As a matter of fact, many first-generation SlimLine units are still in use by the U.S. Navy.

 

Impact

Impact Monitor Kit 12 - front and rear viewsWe have a customer who has been buying the exact same monitor kit from us since 1996. The manufacturer of the original components is no longer manufacturing them and, 21 years later, the life cycle has reached its end. Our customer is now faced with a dilemma—engage our services to either reverse engineer their circuit board, or design a contemporary product with identical form, fit and function. Most other companies would simply shut them down, forcing them to buy the latest and greatest in their product line-up, which would result in having to completely re-engineer their facilities software and componentry.

However, at General Digital, we do our best to work in our customer’s best interests, even if some modification is required. There’s often an associated engineering fee, and the engineering can take a little time, but we have you covered, as we’re the most familiar with the components and how they function. This makes General Digital recognized and respected worldwide, with a loyal customer base who depend on our high quality construction, configuration control, and engineering capability.

 

Engineered for the Long Haul

As General Digital’s president once stated, “There’s no such thing as a small change in the world of engineering.”

We are well aware of customer constraints, particularly in regards to time, space and budget. We always do our best to meet or exceed their expectations while maintaining high quality products and services, and consistent configuration control. Though not always an easy feat, we make sure that our customer gets exactly what they ordered.

If price is your priority, you’ll fall short. If speed is your priority, you’ll fall short. If a good fit is your priority, you’ll fall short. But if top quality components and construction are your priority, even if the form, fit or price aren’t ideal, in the long run, you’ll realize a far greater savings of time, money, and downtime.

General Digital is there with you for the long haul

Systems Integration by General Digital

9 May 2017

SlimLine 1U 19 inch in transit caseGeneral Digital is well-known for our state-of-the-art engineering regarding display technology. But what you may not know is that we also provide a full complement of engineering for systems integration of displays and other electronics, along with mechanical components and devices.

From display systems to power supplies, secure servers, KVM switches and extenders, as well as cooling systems—to name a few—we can incorporate the disparate components essential to your build and deliver the complete system. General Digital can provide the computing power, embedded or application software, rack or console construction or assembly, and even do in-house confidence and pre-qualification testing. We do it all to ensure everything works as designed and meets expectations.

Army intelligence equipment in rack mount stationsAs a partner in complete systems integration, we are willing to do as little or as much of an integration project as required, for cost-effective results. This means that General Digital can assemble a few simple parts for a larger and more complex integration unit. Or we can design and develop an entire large, complex system—or series of systems—and partner with our customer to document the plans as a Statement of Work, afterward delivering the final integrated system as a program deliverable.

Many of our customers are systems integrators themselves. We do not intend to pose as competition with them; rather, we offer our expertise for the purpose of serving as a resource for overflow and level-loading of common ebbs and flows of contracts and orders received by government prime contractors and engineering centers.

The overwhelming majority of our products are designed and built to meet various military standards including, but not limited to: MIL-STD-901D, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461E/F, and MIL-STD-167B. Our systems are perfect for shipboard, airborne, vehicular, space and land-based applications. At General Digital, we provide our customers with support and expertise for all steps during the engineering process, from planning and analysis to the final qualification of the system.

Technician analysing server in large data center

The collective engineering expertise at General Digital includes electrical, mechanical, software, optical and qualification compliance. Inquire with a Sales Engineer to learn more about this new service offered for commercial, industrial and military applications.