Future NextGen Air Traffic Control Discussed – Computer Hardware Needed

The innovative ideas, concepts, and inventions derived from the NextGen Project (Next Generation of Aviation) have been quite forward thinking. The FAA, NASA, Academia, and aviation experts from industry have all been involved. But I would like to ask a very serious question about all this, namely, how can aviation move forward while the bureaucracy has so much regulation on the sector? Not long ago I was discussing this with a think tanker, Troy is his name, and I explained my angst and explained how innovation was being stifled by FAA regulations.

Future NextGen Air Traffic Control Discussed - Computer Hardware Needed

Troy indicated that; “Unfortunately you are right, there are too much regulations and the whole system really needs an overhaul. We will probably not see this in our lifetimes.” Well, I am not sure I’d go there, as I plan on living forever (ha ha ha), however, I just don’t put much faith in the government to implement the system, over all there is too much corruption, too many lobbyists, too much nonsense, and too many regulations in every aspect of making it happen, all of which adds costs and time to implement, meaning it may NEVER happen.

Well, regarding new Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems, it is my personal opinion that they ought to be holographic representations – that would be good, but Troy reminds me that could take up too much space. Indeed, it might but perhaps the controller might merely flip a switch to put up a separate holograms and area being viewed very quickly.

Troy believes that this “would be feasible, unless you had more than one person wanting to use the same amount of physical space to view different things, hence why I am more a fan of the glasses/VR based display system.” Okay, this is a real problem right, although DARPA has some really cool spectral imagery used for BattleSpace viewing view holograms, and you can find a very nice video of this online at YouTube and you will not that in the video it does not look like it takes up a lot of space. Troy also notes however that;

It did not take up much space, but at the same time it did not show much when you get to looking at a system that must show a whole city. You would want the whole city to be viewable to be able to get a good idea of what is going on as a whole. If you were to put a city even the size of Reno on something the same size, and tried to do a overall view, everything would be to tiny to get any real information.

True enough, but now let us consider that currently air traffic controllers look at very large screens and the aircraft represent a super tiny dot, but show up as very large, miss-scaled. This miss-scaling of size could lead to over exaggerated urgency or a need for increased separation which is not necessary. And Troy counters this issue with the reality that;… Read the rest ...

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An Overview of the Bluetooth Dongles

While most people are not familiar with them, most find that Bluetooth dongles are an invaluable asset when they get them. These little devices are the same size as USB flash drives, but provide a very fast and easy way to coordinate and backup information from your PDA, laptop, cell phone, and other Bluetooth devices. Many people use their dongle to transfer photos and files from their phone to a computer or other device so that they have copies easily available when desired.

This external adapter for a desktop or laptop computer looks just like any other USB flash drive. It is small and does not require external drivers. The dongle works with a Bluetooth adapter. It is used by a person who wants to transmit data or use communication devices on a wireless basis a short range from their computer.

An Overview of the Bluetooth Dongles

Without adding additional cables, it is possible to transmit information from any Bluetooth device such as a PDA, smart phone, cell phone, etc., to a desktop or laptop computer. A person who wants to back up data from their PDA can accomplish this easily using the dongle as the conduit for transmitting the information. When using the communication capabilities of the dongle, a person gets a clear 2.4 GHz radio frequency for talking or receiving communications via their computer.

Transmitting objective or information using generic access or object interfaces is not a problem with the dongle that has the built-in capability to accomplish the task. A person can easily use any type of headset or Bluetooth set to get crystal clarity when receiving information.

The dongles are manufactured for easy use. The navigation bar is easy to follow and use. An individual may purchase a dongle that requires installation of software or the use of a CD. However, Bluetooth dongle drivers are built in to the Windows operating system.

The affordability of the dongles make it very easy to include them with all of the computers that a person may have. Backing up data from PDAs, laptops, and other Bluetooth supported devices is very easy to accomplish within a few minutes.

When a person does business from a location that requires them to be on their computer and phone simultaneously, using the dongle makes this an simple task. The wireless capability makes it very easy to move up to ten meters away from the computer. Being able to multi-task while on a headset gives an individual the ability to address issues and retrieve information quickly and efficiently.

When the dongle is to download music or videos from other Bluetooth devices the power of the unit accomplishes the task within a few seconds. Depending the the ability of a computer to download, the dongle has the ability to transmit information at a speed that allows for large amounts of data to be transmitted in a short time.

Reading the warranty and maintenance information for the dongle will be important to make sure that the dongle selected has the capability to … Read the rest ...

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