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Zekiah integrated video feeds, radars, data recorders, navigation systems, and other mission critical systems in real time to enable a single shipboard personnel with a single console to manage LaWS.   System went out for testing on the USS Ponce in August and is now approved as an operational asset.


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The U.S. Navy has deployed on a command ship in the Persian Gulf its first laser weapon capable of destroying a target.

The amphibious transport ship USS Ponce has been patrolling with a prototype 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System since late August, according to officials. The laser is mounted facing the bow, and can be fired in several modes -- from a dazzling warning flash to a destructive beam -- and can set a drone or small boat on fire.

Zekiah provided software engineering and testing for this system.

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Esri's Marcella Cavallaro talks with Zekiah's Christopher Marques while attending the ESRI User's conference in San Diego.

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Zekiah's work on the Laser Weapons System was featured on c|net on April 7, 2014 --

Scared of drones? Then you should see the new weapon the US Navy hopes to use to knock them out of the sky. I'm talking about frickin' lasers here, folks.

After years of testing, the Navy says it's making final adjustments on a new prototype of a Laser Weapons System -- dubbed LaWS -- that will be deployed into the real world in late summer.

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(Published in ESRI blog on June 29, 2011)

Less than a week after the Philadelphia meet up, we were back on the East Coast in Washington, D.C. For some reason the venue thought the meet up was the next day but thanks to Charmel from the D.C. office, they rallied round and started setting up for us.

Just as well - we had a large crowd of hungry and thirsty geonerds turn up for a superb set of speakers.

None other than Bill Dollins opened with his GIS take on the Washington Post's "5 Myths" series. He kept the audience in rapt attention from start to finish as he talked about the place of Desktop, Maps, and The Web in GIS today.