CHS Technology Expo

[April 2014] EOIR was one of approximately 20 vendors that participated in the 2nd Annual Product Director Common Hardware Systems (PdD CHS) Technology Expo held on April 16th at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds Recreation Center. Brigadier General Daniel Hughes, Program Executive Officer of Program Executive Office Command Control Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T) was in attendance at this event along with a number of Government, military, and industry personnel. Brittany Paulshock, EOIR’s Marketing Lead, discussed our innovative core capabilities with Danielle Kays, Program Director of CHS. Engineers Doug Courtney, Mark Smith, and Jeff Stangl demonstrated the Power Scavenger, Universal Translator, and Digital Visual Interface – Digital only (DVI-D) Translator and discussed these new and emerging technology solutions with both Government and industry representatives.

The Power Scavenger was developed to provide or “scavenge” power from almost any source to provide power to devices like Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) and handheld or weapon mounted sensors. It can store up to 220 W hours of power using internal rechargeable batteries and has two USB ports to charge or provide constant power to USB devices while simultaneously providing output power; thus, the system can provide power or recharge three devices at one time.

The DVI-D Translator converts standard PC DVI output to full camera link and parallel digital Low-Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS)  to enable pre-captured video or PC-based image generation to substitute for live field collections.

The Universal Translator acquires high dynamic range digital video from proprietary cameras requiring special hardware and custom programming. It converts proprietary digital video into standard PC frame grabber formats and accepts 2nd Generation Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) PHP Extension Community Library (PECL)/Channel Link, Hotlink, Uncooled serial LVDS, Base Camera Link, and any serial and parallel RS-422 and LVDS sensor output.


PdD CHS, headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, provides tactical Commercial-off-the-Shelf Information Technology (COTS IT) hardware and common software procurements, configuration and End-of-Life (EOL) management, and sustainment planning for all tactical Army COTS IT systems. They also provide systems engineering, hardware procurement, task execution and planning, ordering and asset management, and test and evaluation of technology and systems. Their mission is to acquire and sustain highly flexible, state-of-the-art, cost effective, common, and simplified Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) solutions that improve interoperability and connectivity on the battlefield while garnering efficient competition to integrate the latest commercial technology onto the Army tactical network.