To improve the local situational awareness (LSA) of personnel in light or heavily armored vehicles, most military
organizations recognize the need to equip their fleets with
high-resolution digital video systems. Several related upgrade
programs are already in progress and, almost invariably, COTS IP/Ethernet is specified as the underlying transport
mechanism. The high bandwidths, long reach, networking flexibility, scalability, and affordability of IP/Ethernet make it
an attractive choice. There are significant technical challenges, however, in achieving high-performance, real-time video
connectivity over the IP/Ethernet platform.
As an early pioneer in performance-oriented video systems based on IP/Ethernet, Pleora Technologies has developed
core expertise in meeting these challenges and applied a singular focus to innovating within the required framework. The
company's field-proven iPORT<sup>TM</sup> Video Connectivity Solution is deployed successfully in thousands of real-world
applications for medical, military, and manufacturing operations. Pleora's latest innovation is eDisplay<sup>TM</sup>, a smallfootprint,
low-power, highly efficient IP engine that acquires video from an Ethernet connection and sends it directly to a
standard HDMI/DVI monitor for real-time viewing. More costly PCs are not required.
This paper describes Pleora's eDisplay IP Engine in more detail. It demonstrates how - in concert with other elements of
the end-to-end iPORT Video Connectivity Solution - the engine can be used to build standards-based, in-vehicle video
systems that increase the safety and effectiveness of military personnel while fully leveraging the advantages of the lowcost
COTS IP/Ethernet platform.