Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Summer 2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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enables PMFSS management to quickly identify structures that are outside their temperature specifications. Structures above temperature specifications are shown with a red background, and those below the specifications are shown with a blue background. Varied Software Solutions As a dynamic testing laboratory, the BCIL required a hardware device that could be easily configured for a wide variety of sensors and connected to the EMS for data collection and compiling accurate measurements. This led to development of a reasonably priced remote input/output (I/O) box that provided up to 14 analog sensor channels and up to 12 digital channels monitored by EMS. A commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) device, the Labjack T7 Pro, was the basis for this box, and it provided access to the analog and digital channel data via Modbus TCP, using its integrated 802.11 radio to interface with the existing BCIL wireless network. To incorporate the LabJack T7 pro, an interface board was developed to allow quick connections to many standard sensors. Enhancement to the software was also required to not only record the data from these sensors, but also assign them a role, and enable the data from those sensors to be visualized. This enhanced charting tool shows the additional sensors that have been custom configured as needed. The configurable EMS and hardware device enhanced the BCIL capabilities; yet the unique nature of the BCIL mission requires continually overcoming challenges and finding innovative solutions. One challenge was to improve the accuracy of measurement of the water and/or fuel remaining in the camp storage bladders. The Figure 1: Camp layout depicts the BCIL camp layout, showing several structures that are currently below temperature specifications. FORCE SUSTAINMENT BASE CAMP INTEGRATION LAB Summer 2017 | S&B / CST & CBRNE | 9

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