After successful demonstrations of the Spiral 0 Sheriff vehicle, work has begun on Spiral 1. Spiral 1 vehicles will include enhanced capabilities and updated systems. Included in these enhanced capabilities is a Genesis-based video subsystem which will provide the vehicle operators with an improved view of the battlefield environment.
Project Sheriff, a Pentagon Office of Force Transformation project provides a combined lethal and non-lethal weapons system (Full Spectrum Effects Platform or FSEP) to be fielded to Army and Marine Corps units in Iraq by summer, 2005.The concept is to retrofit ground vehicles already in the services’ inventories with an array of new lethal and non-lethal systems, giving troops working in urban terrain more options, especially when deciding how to deal with potential noncombatants or civilians being used as shields
The PLEXOS Genesis technology will provide a real-time IP packet network integrating vehicle systems and installed subsystems for Project Sheriff and will provide interoperability for video, audio, and data of any format in a secure, reliable, scalable, and extensible architecture. The subsystems to be integrated by Genesis as part of Project Sheriff will include:
Genesis is middleware that implements a full suite of high-level processes to deliver next generation, real-time, secure, and reliable communications and information sharing over the broadest range of computing devices. The Genesis source code is high performance ISO/ANSI C++ with no dependencies on any operating system, processor, or computing platform. Genesis facilitates the efficient transformation of any radio, phone, video camera, sensor, detector, weapon system, or medical instrument into a highly integrated and manageable IP network aware device. The Genesis middleware allows IP network resources and services to be managed like an operating system manages a computer.