Bi-Directional Remote Video Terminal - BDRVT-178

The BDRVT®-178 is based on DO-178 principals, and allows an operator to take "supervised usage" (LOI-4) control of unmanned vehicles across multiple service branches due to the open architecture.
This enhanced version of the One System™ Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT) supports video and telemetry from a number of UAVs such as Shadow®, Predator®, I-GNAT®, Raven, Pioneer®, Hunter, and the Warrior. OSRVTs are mobile systems used to view live video and telemetry data from numerous manned aircraft and/or UAVs.
Unlike the OSRVT, the BDRVT®-178 affords an operator the ability to control the sensor payload on an air vehicle. With an enhanced graphical user interface (GUI), the BDRVT®-178 user can select, annotate, and track targets.

BDRVT-178 Overview

The Bi-Directional feature truly defines the BDRVT®-178. A soldier now has a remote receiving station for video and telemetry (core OSRVT functionality) as well as the ability to remotely control the UAV and its payload (e.g. STANAG 4586 Level 3+). The BDRVT®-178 enhanced UAV subsystem consists of image planning, mission processing, and payload command processing software necessary for allowing the user to effectively employ the air vehicle and its payload. However, as fielded soldiers are typically not fully-qualified UAV operators, supervisory oversight and ultimate control rest with Ground Control Station (GCS) personnel. At the core of the BDRVT®-178 is its intuitive payload controller and an abundance of additional image planning and airspace control features. The payload controller allows a user to indicate a target and then it easily tracks moving targets or the user himself while on the move in a convoy. The simplified controller allows the user to transition between EO/IR modes and easily track secondary targets via an innovative GUI controller.

SAV / ROZ Creation & Analysis Tool

Used to plan and verify mission areas limited to a Restricted Operating Zone (ROZ) imposed by upper echelon airspace management or other tactical activity. Additionally, the tool factors in the effects from the terrain to overlay a Safe Air Volume (SAV) to ensure line of sight communications between GCS and UAV are sustained.
● Enhanced Airspace Management
● Reduced AVO Workload
● Prevents Flying the UAV Out of Range and Out of "Controlled" Airspace
● Mitigates the Risk of Controlled Flight into Terrain

Sensor Footprint with Terrain Shadowing & History

Provides visual feedback on whether or not the sensor coverage includes a specific geo-location of interest. Terrain shadowing allows the operator to determine areas not captured by the sensor footprint due to terrain blocking. The History feature allows the operator to track areas already imaged by the UAV.
● Enhanced RSTA
● Improved Target Geo-Location
● Heightened Awareness of Recon Data Already Gathered (e.g. CSAR)
● Real-time Awareness of a UAV's Location and Observation

Text Messaging Relay

Offers the air vehicle operator another mode of communication relayed through the UAV.
● Text-Based Medium with No Line-of-Sight Restrictions
● Decreased Time to Recognize, Identify and Validate Targets
● Heightened Awareness of Recon Data Already Gathered (e.g. CSAR)
● Backup Communication Link if Radios are not Available (e.g. Covert)

Route & Area Nomination

Allows the operator to quickly plan complex missions directing the UAV to image a route or area of interest without the need to manually fly the UAV.
● Reduced Mission Planning Cycle and Operator Workload
● Improved Convoy Routing During Normal & Emergency Situations
● Allows Convoys to Avoid Congested Areas and Roadblocks

Improved Ambush & IED DetectionThese applications are supported by a novel Graphical User Interface (GUI). Simple, intuitive and exceptionally user-friendly, the GUI is designed for use with a minimal amount of training.