Electronic devices for Army and Police between CE marking and safety

Defense electronics – and in general military electronics and those dedicated to police bodies – consists of Complex electronic devices and systems, whose very high technological qualities are able to protect national security.

These are more than sophisticated systems, Engage in tasks such as tracking, communication, Protection and attack that find their use in the aerial environment, terrestrial, maritime. This type of device – given an extremely delicate nature of use – needs to ensure high performance for the success of operations, minimizing the risks associated with use.

In general, The Dell Market’Electronics in the field of Defense is witnessing a modernization and an increase in the use of advanced electronic systems, now necessary for the accomplishment of relatively simple operations, but also of high-caliber projects.

Main applications of electronics in the Armed Corps

Among the most extensive macro-areas of intervention of electronic systems, we certainly find those connected to the survey and Communications. They are part of it, in particular, all those devices that produce Electromagnetic signals to obtain strategic information. These are signals such as interference, disorders, arcs, crowns – and many others – that allow you to detect a wide range of notions, especially related to the positioning of opponent "objects". Let's take for example, among many, the radar systems (RAdio Detection And Ranging) that allow you to detect an object within a certain radius, sending a signal that bounces off it to be able to know its distance.

Together with this macro-category of devices, find an apical role I Communication systems, and Video and audio recording. These electronic devices, radio, have peculiar dimensional and functional characteristics and are basic for the retrieval of other categories of information. Think, for example, how necessary is the perfect functioning of a bug worn by an agent or helmet cameras, worn on mission by members of the Army, to ensure their safety.

In general, Given the importance of Electronic devices at a strategic level it is necessary that these do not find problems related to their use, factor that could compromise the success of the activities of the Armed Corps.

CE marking of electronic equipment intended for the Army and Police

At the legislative level, electronic devices for the Army and Police are exempted from the obligation to be certified andaffixing the CE marking. However, in Italy and the rest of Europe, In the sector we are witnessing a Growing demand for testing and certification on the products concerned.

These are products that in previous times were not certified, process that instead, to date, is recognized as necessary. In many public tenders related to the Armed Corps, indeed, the CE marking on electrical and electronic products is requested or seen as Preferential element.

One of the crucial issues of this evolution is a growing attention to rights of armed corps operators as workers. It's’ necessary, indeed, that employees receive all the protections dedicated to other types of workers in terms of safety, Health and risk prevention.

CE marking, Furthermore, is pre-eminent if we consider the Life cycle of electronic products intended for military use. The difference between the life cycle of military and consumer products is substantial: Electronic products dedicated to the "simple" user have a relatively short lifespan – on average around three years, with specific variations based on the type of product – while the electronic devices dedicated to the use of the Armed Corps have a much longer life.

There are electronic instruments that – thanks to a very sophisticated and cutting-edge design – can aim to have a life that goes from ten to thirty years. These systems, indeed, are characterized by robustness, State-of-the-art technologies, High performance and are frequently the result of specialized work by multidisciplinary teams, often in collaboration with commercial and academic counterparts.

It's’ therefore very likely that, in their long life of electronic products, the devices dedicated to the Armed Corps need to be updated in some of their components, Maintained, or simply reworked in the light of new needs. In this context, CE marking and all related tests are essential to create effective products over time., that protect the vast number of operators with whom they will come into contact.

The exceptional nature of military products in terms of compliance

Due to their very sophisticated nature and functionality related to strategic operations, the Design of these systems presents many challenges. In this context the tests for the conformity assessment of electronic devices for Army and Police to European directives and the affixing of the CE marking are extremely important. Don't forget, But, l’exceptionality of some devices related to the Armed Corps in terms of compliance, compared to electronic products dedicated to general consumers.

We remind you that electrical and electronic equipment and products dedicated to consumers must comply with various directives on CE marking and safety, including the Low Voltage Directive (LVD), the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive, RoHS Directive, the WEEE Directive, the Ecodesign Directive, Directives relating to human exposure and electromagnetic fields.

It should be noted that some electronic products intended for military use are, for their precise functionality, unable to pass some of the certification tests intended for standard products, as appropriate, just, of all equipment designed to disrupt telecommunications.

Understood, therefore, that on "exceptional" products it will be possible to verify the correct operation and test all components that require it, while products that allow it may benefit from CE marking and place itself on the market ensuring quality, Safety and efficacy.

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