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Innovative Body-Worn Interconnects Support Soldiers in the Field
Bob Stanton, Director of Technology at Omnetics Connector Corporation
Military electronics systems are often amongst the first to employ innovative connector and cable systems with the potential to improve and evolve technologies across multiple markets. One of the latest such innovations is specialized, body-worn interconnect systems. These systems are enabled by small, lightweight, and easy-to-use connectors and cables that are especially designed to deliver power and high-speed data throughout individual uniforms and can provide dismounted soldiers with enhanced abilities and improved real-time support both in the field and on the battlefront.
 The Omnetics Cobra Connector supports CMOS-enabled body cameras that deliver crisp, clear digital images.
The rapid evolution of electronics designed to be an integral component of highly portable ground-based individuals including soldiers, police, firefighters, and search and rescue teams is largely being driven by three main elements: charge-coupled devices (CCDs), portable power supplies, and human biosensors. For instance, new CCD image sensors employ complementary metal-oxide semiconductors (CMOS) that operate on low voltage and extremely low current levels — which minimizes power requirements, enables the use of smaller and lighter-weight power components, and reduces soldiers’ weight burdens — as well as deliver remarkable digital image quality and resolution, which can be a critical capability for soldiers in the field.
In the past, most body-worn electronic devices required separate battery packs for each unit. Today, smaller, lighter-weight, and more efficient power supplies and batteries especially designed for portability can power more devices for much longer spans of time. Newer body-worn electronics systems are typically designed to

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