Navy Digital Video Solutions



Panasonic Toughbook® mobile computers, when used in combination with the Panasonic Arbitrator 360°, comprise the most advanced incident digital video documentation system available today. The system eliminates the need for tape—revolutionizing the way government and military operations capture, process, retrieve and transfer video. Toughbook digital video solutions are designed to withstand the harshest environments likely to be encountered by military personnel and other federal officials.


The Navy's mobile video systems are relied upon in all weather conditions and battle situations to document missions, analyze enemy territory and determine the need for changes in mission planning. Because the Navy is active in every kind of climate, its digital video system must be ready and capable of operating in all potential conditions, including extreme heat, cold and moisture. Furthermore, it must be able to endure the harsh realities of combat environments, such as shock, water and dust/sand penetration and continual vibration.

Toughbook® mobile computers and the Panasonic Arbitrator 360° are rugged and reliable, performing in the most extreme environments and under combat conditions. Built from the ground up to withstand moisture, vibration and extreme temperatures, Panasonic's Toughbook mobile digital video technology is a major advancement in the way naval operations are captured on video. Instead of recording on videotape, the solid-state Panasonic Arbitrator 360° uses state of the art compression for easy storage and transfer of full-motion video files to a central server. Video and audio files can be searched by date, time, vehicle, incident or other criteria. This allows Navy personnel to analyze videos more quickly, resulting in faster decisions — a critical advantage in wartime situations.


The Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) is the current amphibious troop transport used by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The AAV carries troops and supporting equipment, such as computers and video hardware. It is designed to endure rigorous travel from ship to shore in rough water and surf zones, and to inland destinations once ashore.

AAV crews rely on their computers to maintain continuous communications with the command center and to capture and store video images of the operation. Computers and video equipment must be able to withstand the wet, turbulent and highly-corrosive saline conditions in which the vehicles commonly operate. The failure of any vehicle or its supporting equipment, such as computers and video apparatus, could cost the lives of personnel during combat, field ambulance or bulk refueling operations. Hence, maintenance of AAVs and associated equipment is a top priority for the Navy and Marines.

With rugged magnesium alloy cases, water-resistant keyboards and shock-mounted hard drives, Panasonic Toughbook computers are engineered for the harsh, wet, high-vibration environment commonly found aboard amphibious vehicles. The digital storage capabilities of the Toughbook mobile computing solution make it easy to quickly and reliably transfer video from the AAV to the command center where the data is processed, analyzed and stored. The reliability of Toughbook mobile computers enable crews to carry out their missions with a higher rate of success, and ensures the crews' safety is not compromised.