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Kontron’s new application-ready Observo system is a Raid data server for surveillance data recording applications in harsh environments that require integrated mass storage and data integrity.

The server is based on 3U CompactPCI technology that offers modularity and longevity in a robust design.

The Kontron Observo can be configured to meet the specific application needs for video, radar or sonar data recording in markets such as transportation, military, government and industrial automation.

Thanks to this turnkey platform, which can be configured with several feature and performance options, OEMs can concentrate on core competencies and improve the time to market and overall quality of their surveillance solutions.

The Observo system features a high-speed Raid array comprising up to eight Sata-II hard disks or solid-state drives (SSDs).

The server also features high availability and high shock and vibration resistance to fulfil the requirements of mobile and naval-based surveillance applications, for example.

The Kontron Observo can be configured with several different performance options, such as Ethernet switch integration, extended duty (24/7) drives and a range of communication options.

If required, conformal coating can also be included to protect the system against humidity and dust, which is especially relevant for EN50155 compliancy and deployment in railway applications such as railway platform edge observation or video recording in local trains to prevent vandalism.

The Kontron Observo can be configured to accommodate the extended temperature range of -40C to +80C to deliver trouble-free 24/7 operation under extreme environmental conditions, for example in borderland surveillance applications.

The rugged CompactPCI design with the high-performance backplane eliminates the need for internal cabling.

In addition, the hot-swappable hard disk and SSD carriers minimise system maintenance in all application areas, resulting in high availability and a low total cost of ownership.

The Kontron Observo is housed in a 19in 3U system chassis with the high-performance Kontron CP3693 Raid controller module at its core.

Data scalability, supervisory and recovery functions are supported by Raid levels 0, 1, 5, 10 or Just a Bunch Of Disks (JBOD), ensuring high data integrity and safety.

For fan-less applications, the Kontron CP307 CompactPCI processor board serves as a system controller with a passively cooled 1.06GHz Intel Celeron M processor and 512Mb of soldered RAM providing an optimal cost-performance ratio at minimum power consumption, according to the company.

Alternatively, the Kontron CP305 CompactPCI processor board with Intel Atom processor with 1.6GHz and 1Gb RAM offers EN50155-compliant reliability for rolling-stock and rugged in-vehicle applications.

When high processor speed and forced air cooling are needed, any 3U CompactPCI processor board from Kontron’s portfolio can be selected.

All boards come with a Compactflash card with a pre-installed Linux or Windows image.

To meet the demands of individual application needs, Kontron has developed two platform variants.

The first variant includes up to eight Sata-II hard disks or SSDs, while the second variant includes up to Raid 5 and four disk carriers enable additional project-specific hardware functions via up to four dedicated CompactPCI boards.

Kontron also offers an Ethernet switch to handle communication to CCTV cameras or IP-based human-machine interfaces (HMIs).

For inter-system communication, the company also offers a 4hp carrier equipped with conventional UMTS, GSM, GPS, LTE and WiFi modules.

The Observo runs on both Windows and Linux operating systems and is now available as a standard off-the-shelf system.

It can also be customised and delivered as a tested and independently certified solution.

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