Cedar Rapids, Iowa - The Rockwell Collins SWE-DISH CommuniCase® Technology CCT120 satellite manportable terminal recently excelled at this summer's U.S. Army's Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) 12.2. The objective scoring system is based on criteria such as integration, performance, set up, port density, size, weight, power and complexity to operate.
The NIE consists of a series of semi-annual field exercises to evaluate, integrate, and mature the Army's tactical network. During the evaluations, the Army integrates and assesses network and non-network capabilities. Soldiers used the systems under evaluation at NIE 12.2 in scenarios that mimic real mission conditions to evaluate whether the systems offer clear enhancements over legacy equipment in specific areas of special interest or gaps in current equipment capabilities. Rockwell Collins participated in the Company Command Post (CoCP) system equipment evaluation.
Soldiers operated the Rockwell Collins CCT120 during extreme dust and heavy rain conditions with no issues. Steady network coverage was observed during severe weather. Performance measurements taken during thunderstorms were no different from measurements taken in fairer weather, validating CCT120's reputation for reliability in adverse weather conditions.
Additionally, the Rockwell Collins CCT120 proved fast and easy to set up in under 30 minutes, significantly faster than required. The CCT120 has a small foot print when stowed and packed in transit cases. Its smaller size and lighter weight enabled the cased system to fit in one Humvee increasing the units' transportability and mobility.
"The results of the evaluation prove that the CCT120 supports higher wideband data rates out to the tactical edge at the company level," said Bob Haag, vice president and general manager of Communication and Navigation Products for Rockwell Collins. "NIE 12.2 provided us with the unique opportunity for both laboratory and warfighter feedback on our newer technologies. Our investment in NIE 12.2 provided us with a wealth of information from a key constituency in a very short time period."
Malini Krishnan's commitment to helping children in her community and use of her engineering skills to aid people in India earned her the Rockwell Collins Volunteer of the Year Award for 2012.
Malini is a senior software quality engineer at Rockwell Collins in Hyderabad, India. She is the leader of an employee group called Sahaayam (which means "to help" in the Indian language Sanskrit) that meets weekly to organize volunteer activities to assist children and other people in need.
Events organized include a plant sale to pay for two local girls' school tuition, a book donation program to create a library for 115 children, mentoring students, and an anti-child labor campaign.
"When we volunteer, we see so many people suffering in this world. This makes us realize how thankful we need to be. I think it keeps us grounded," said Malini.
In addition, Sahaayam group volunteers are working to develop a prototype Android™ application that combines local emergency response systems, which is important because there is no consolidated 911 service in India. The group also held a brainstorming event to find ways to prevent the possibility of local birds striking airplanes while in flight.
This year, for the first time, the Rockwell Collins Volunteer of the Year was determined by employee voting. A committee narrowed down the nominations to five semi-finalists, then employees around the world were given three weeks to vote for the semifinalist they felt best exemplified the Rockwell Collins volunteering spirit.
As the winner, Malini receives $1,000 to give to the nonprofit organization of her choice.
Ernestine Nesby, a senior buyer in Duluth, Ga., and Michelle Bell, a senior program manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were selected as finalists for the award for their commitments to the Quinn and Hope Houses in Georgia and the Marion-East Cedar Rapids Rotary Club, respectively. As finalists, they each receive $500 to give to the nonprofit organization of her choice.
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