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Mike Johnson re-elected to the Board of the Australian Industry & Defence Network ACT

Congratulations to our own Mike Johnson who was re-elected to the board of AIDN-ACT at the AGM this week.

AIDN's mission is to assist members in maximising their profitability through networking and enhanced business opportunities with Defence and Defence prime contractors, and initiatives which improve management skills and experience.

Clearbox Systems is pleased to be a member of AIDN and continues to benefit from the tireless work and advocacy of the AIDN-ACT board.

 

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Ramping up local electronics manufacturing capability

Back in 2007 we started out as a hardware company but soon decided that we should decided that we should stick to our software products as it was 'cheaper' to get the hardware elsewhere and because our customers did not care where it came from.

Since then attitudes have shifted. The provenance of supplies is scrutinised, policy makers have realised the importance of local manufacture, and customers see value rather than lower cost as one of their key drivers.

We've been taking note and have slowly been ramping up our hardware manufacturing again. So even though these GNSS boards are simple, it is pleasing to be able to manufacture them in our lab in Sydney. We're able to adapt our design to suit customer requirements (in this case, small form factor RF sensors), manage quality and most importantly maintain a level of self-sufficiency.

 

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Clearbox Systems supports Digital Radio transmission in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart

IMG_3245Clearbox Systems has been selected by Broadcast Australia, a BAI Communications company, to provide DAB+ digital radio multiplexing, program monitoring and network timing software, hardware and support. The systems are being deployed in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart as part of the transmission services being provided by Broadcast Australia for two national broadcasters. The Canberra and Darwin systems are already on air with Hobart due in early 2018.

The systems provided consist of hardware and software from Digidia who Clearbox Systems represent in Australia. As part of the roll-out, Clearbox Systems and Digidia engineers have performed the configuration and integration of the systems and will continue to support them under a support arrangement.

The commencement of permanent DAB+ digital radio transmission in Canberra, Darwin and Hobart is in line with the allocation of licenses by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) over the past 12 months.

DAB+ digital radio allows broadcasts to offer their popular analogue stations simulcast in digital quality, as well as new digital only stations – offering more choice and better quality audio to radio listeners.

 

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Clearbox Systems selected by Intelsat General Corporation for ADF SATCOM support

Multi-year agreement supports key UHF SATCOM system for ADF

Clearbox Systems, an Australian Small/Medium-size Enterprise (SME), has signed a multi-year agreement with Intelsat General Corporation (IGC) for the ongoing support of the In-Orbit test system for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) UHF payload on the IS-22 satellite.

The services are provided out of Clearbox Systems’ Canberra facility where engineers and technicians interact with system operators at the Defence Network Operations Centre (DNOC) to ensure ongoing system function.

The IS-22 satellite was launched in March 2012 with a hosted UHF payload for the ADF. UHF satellite communications has the ability to service small, mobile terminals used by ground, sea and air forces in all types of terrain.

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Clearbox Systems hiring for multiple roles

With new projects coming online we are hiring into our Software Development, and Integration & Support teams. Come and join a Australian SME working on the cutting edge of Defence, Space, Terrestrial Broadcast.

The roles are:

Software Developer, Sydney

Graduate Engineer, Canberra

Additional, Clearbox Systems is always on the look out for exceptional talent and is willing to receive expression of interest at any time. Email careers@clearboxsystems.com.au

Specific roles that we are looking for expressions of interest for are:

  • Administration Assistant, Canberra
  • Project Manager, Sydney
  • IT Support Office, Canberra
We locally design, develop and manufacture innovative software and hardware solutions to provide a flexible and unique response to our customers needs.

Clearbox Systems continues to support TXA National Monitoring System

Multiple agreements will provide upgrades, expansion and ongoing support for 5 years

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Sydney, Australia – TXA and Clearbox Systems have announced the signing of a number of agreements that will see the TXA National Monitoring System (NMS) upgraded, expanded and then supported for the next 5 years.

The TXA NMS has been in use for over a decade by both TXA and TV Network personnel to manage equipment at over 60 television transmission or retransmission sites around Australia. The TXA NMS is built upon the Kratos Networks Compass™ equipment monitoring and control (M&C) product. Compass is a suite of software components that are configured and developed by Clearbox Systems to make up the TXA NMS.

Timothy Neall, General Manager Operations at TXA said, “Our NMS is a critical piece of infrastructure used in operations by our customers and our engineers and technicians to ensure continuity of TV broadcast.” Michael Ryder, General Manager Engineering at TXA added, “Given the criticality of our NMS we wanted to make sure that it remains up to date and well supported into the future. These upgrades and the working relationship between our respective teams will ensure we have the best system possible.”

Jeremy Hallett, Executive Director at Clearbox Systems concluded, “We are proud to be able to continue our relationship with TXA. These agreements are testament to the effort that both TXA and Clearbox Systems have invested in our relationship at all levels. We are looking forward to providing assurance to TXA’s NMS operations well into the future.”

About TXA

TX Australia (TXA) is a joint venture company owned equally by the three commercial metropolitan television networks, Seven, Nine and Ten. TXA:

  • Owns, operates, manages, engineers, maintains and markets transmission and retransmission facilities in the five major mainland metropolitan cities of Australia
  • Provides television transmission for broadcasters
  • Markets its infrastructure facilities to access seekers
  • Offers project management and technical maintenance services

About Clearbox Systems

Clearbox Systems is a leading supplier and integrator of Network Management and Spectrum Management systems for Defence, Government and Commercial sectors.

Clearbox Systems locally designs, develops and manufactures innovative software and hardware solutions to provide a flexible and unique response to their customer’s needs. These cost-effective and user friendly solutions are backed by a team of experienced integration and support engineers.

Clearbox Systems is a technology company focused on developing new approaches and techniques for the Operations and Management of Communications Networks and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Clearbox Systems signs with Raytheon Australia for ADF SATCOM support

Multi-year agreement supports key SATCOM management tools for ADF

Clearbox Systems, an Australian Small/Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), has signed a multi-year agreement with Raytheon Australia for the ongoing support of an ADF SATCOM management system. The Ground Segment Management System (GSMS) is an innovative, software-based solution that was designed and developed by Clearbox Systems to provide the monitoring and control function for key WGS anchor stations. It provides Equipment Monitoring and Control, Spectrum Monitoring and Service Scheduling to manage the lifecycle of SATCOM services including scheduling, activation, health monitoring, deactivation and logging.

Having successfully delivered the GSMS in 2015, this agreement will see the GSMS supported for years to come. The agreement includes a technical support help desk backed by ongoing engineering support (including enhancements to the system over its life) and maintenance support.

The services are provided out of Clearbox Systems’ Canberra facility where engineers and technicians responsible for the system delivery have transitioned to its support.

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Clearbox Systems at MilCIS 2016

Clearbox Systems will back exhibiting this year at the 2016 Military Communications and Information Systems Conference (MilCIS), so come and visit us and see what we have to offer.

Key Information:

When:  8-10 November 2016
Where: National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia

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What will we be showcasing?

Foresight

Clearbox Systems will have a live demonstration of Foresight. On display, will be Foresight’s ability to provide scheduling, monitoring and control of 100s transportable terminals deployed anywhere on a network.

Foresight is currently being deployed into JP2008 Phase 5B1

Compass (including Profile Manager and Redundancy Manager)

Clearbox Systems will have a live demonstration of Compass, a powerful equipment monitoring and control suite. As part of the demonstration Profile Manager and Redundancy Manager will be demonstrated.

Profile Manager is a Compass software component which allows the saving and restoring of equipment settings. Redundancy Manager extends Profile Manager’s functionality to provide automated configuration and cutover of redundant equipment under control of a Compass system.

Compass and its add-on products are currently being deployed into JP2008 Phases 3F, 4 and 5A

Monics 10.5 / Monics Enterprise Manager with MN200

Monics is a mature spectrum monitoring and interference detection system. Clearbox Systems will have a demonstration of the latest version of Monics (V10.5) and the new Monics Enterprwaterfallise Manager.

New features include:

  • Refreshed GUI
  • Windows Authentication with fine-grained user access control
  • Waterfall display
  • Improved logging and instrument status

Also, be sure to ask us about the MN200, a low-cost hardware add-on to Monics that it extends spectrum monitoring through a deployed network, including multiple spot beams.

 

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Clearbox Systems’ latest product, Spectre will be demonstrated. Spectre is a high performance, scalable Analog RF to 10 GigE platform. Spectre enables both Transmit and Receive RF applications from 400MHz to 4GHz at 200MHz bandwidth with streaming to and from 10Gbit/s Ethernet.

SigX

Visit the booth to see SigX – a RF signal protection product that can be configured to automatically cancel interference in real time with no human intervention. SigX automatically detects and characterises interfering signals, then creates a cancelling signal to remove the interference and preserve the integrity of the protected link.

Support Services

Come and talk to us about our Support Services which extend beyond our product base and include Software Development, Hardware Engineering, On-site technicians and SATCOM Engineering.

 

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New Product: Spectre

Clearbox Systems presents Spectre – a high performance, scalable Analog RF to 10 GigE platform.

Spectre enables both Transmit and Receive RF applications from 400MHz to 4GHz at 200MHz bandwidth with streaming to and from
10Gbit/s Ethernet.

Rather than performing any on board processing Spectre hands off the digitised RF for processing elsewhere.

Spectre can be used as a desktop unit or as multiple units mounted in a chassis.

This flexibility means that Spectre is suitable for applications ranging from Research or Academia to Industrial or Military.

Spectre features a Xilinx Kintex XC7K160 FPGA and 512MB DDR3 RAM.

 

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Performance

  • Bandwidth: Up to 200MHz
  • RF Selection: 400MHz to 4GHz
  • ADC: Dual, 16-Bit 310 MSPS anti-aliasing
  • DAC: Dual, 16-Bit 1230 MSPS anti-aliasing

Interfaces

  • RF In/Out: SMA
  • Transmit Power: 0dBm
  • Receive Level: 0dBm
  • Ethernet: SFP+ 10GigE Optical Ethernet
  • Additional interface expansion board providing USB for JTAG and debug, USB serial for console, reset button, jtag header, SMA for Clock reference and 2 screw terminal connector for power (not required when chassis is used)

Physical

  • Dimensions: 160mm x 100mm VME Card Profile
  • Weight:270g (298g including development jig)

Environmental

  • Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C with cooling fan (recommended)
  • Humidity: 90% non-condensing

Power

  • DC Input: 12 volts at 1.4A
  • Power Consumption: 16.8W running typical streaming application running.

 

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Clearbox Systems Opens Canberra Facility

Clearbox Systems has opened a new high tech / high security facility in Canberra. The facility is strategically located in Fyshwick for quick access to Defence facilities at HMAS HARMAN and Russell Offices which house a number of systems supported by Clearbox Systems.

The capabilities and expertise provided from the Canberra office are:

  • Expert knowledge in:
    • Equipment Monitoring and Control (M&C)
    • Spectrum Monitoring
    • Baseband, RF and Antenna systems
    • Server and Network Infrastructure
  • Installation and site support, including rack builds, equipment changeover, site cabling
  • Wideband SATCOM domain knowledge
  • UHF (Narrowband) SATCOM domain knowledge
  • End-to-end SATCOM infrastructure fault diagnosis and resolution
  • ADF SATCOM operations knowledge
  • Specfic project knowledge, particularly across multiple phases of JP2008

The building address is:
Unit 14B/5 Tennant Street
Fyshwick
ACT 2609, Australia

 

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