Sea Fox Scouts Enemy Shoreline
edited by Robert H. Williams
The Navy’s remote controlled, 16-foot Sea Fox boats are being equipped
with a pair of wireless color television cameras and computer-driven network
video equipment that will allow operators to receive sharp streaming video on
computers up to a mile away.
Jeff Dodge, president of netSCOPE INC., Charleston, S.C., said software enabling
the video system was written three days before the Office of Naval Research
unveiled the system at this year’s Fleetweek in New York City.
The high-resolution cameras are produced by Toshiba Security & Network
Videa, Irvine, Calif. The new, long endurance boats will be used to scout out
harbors, marina and shorelines ahead of soldiers or Marines.
A Toshiba official said the cameras would be mounted forward and aft to provide
a span of 115 degrees, suggesting that an “operator can view them individually
or side by side” on a notebook.