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PRESS RELEASE: PDT and Coolfire Solutions have been honored with a 2011 Silver Spark Award for the Satellite Communications Operational User Toolkit (SCOUT). Recognized as a positive design-led change that improves the quality of the human condition, SCOUT promises to contribute to happiness, intelligence, longevitity and progress for military communication specialists.
SCOUT is a suite of apps and a hardware device built to assist Satellite Communications (SATCOM) operators downrange. SCOUT combines an iPhone with several test devices in a small toolkit that replaces 160 lbs. of equipment into a single 7 lb. handheld device to lighten the load for soldiers and make them more efficient in the field. Moreover, SCOUT includes several guided workflows to help novice users conduct highly technical tests and alignments with little more training than understanding how to use an iPhone. SCOUT is the first device to bring the user-friendly interface of smartphones to the highly technical SATCOM industry. Coolfire Solutions is the only company solely focused on using smartphone technology in the battlefield to make soldiers’ jobs – and lives– a bit easier.