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Update on POCIT portable optical communicators: VideoBeam and EtherBeam
Author(s): G. Stephen Mecherle; Terry L. Holcomb
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Paper Abstract

LDSC is developing the POCITTM (Portable Optical Communication Integrated Transceiver) family of products which includes VideoBeamTM and the latest addition, EtherBeamTM. Each is a full duplex portable laser communicator: VideoBeamTM providing near-broadcast- quality analog video and stereo audio, and EtherBeamTM providing standard Ethernet connectivity. Each POCITTM transceiver consists of a 3.5-pound unit with a binocular- type form factor, which can be manually pointed, tripod- mounted or gyro-stabilized. Both units have an operational range of over two miles (clear air) with excellent jam- resistance and low probability of interception characteristics. The transmission wavelength of 1550 nm enables Class 1 eyesafe operation (ANSI, IEC). The POCITTM units are ideally suited for numerous military scenarios, surveillance/espionage, industrial precious mineral exploration, and campus video teleconferencing applications. VideoBeam will be available second quarter 2000, followed by EtherBeam in third quarter 2000.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3932, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII, (2 May 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384319
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G. Stephen Mecherle, Laser Diode Systems Corp. (United States)
Terry L. Holcomb, Laser Diode Systems Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3932:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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