Vertex Scanner

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The Vertex Scanner is spiritual successor to the tricorder, a scanner predominantly used by Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets. Designed by Damien Smith for Solas Tempus, the Vertex is a next generation portable computing device mixing the capabilities of a PADD, communicator, and tricorder into a single device. For the smaller, combat oriented devices please see the Vertex Combat Scanner. The device is widely available in Concord space and used by a number of civilian and government agencies throughout.

186.9 x 145.2 x 4.8 mm (Unfolded)
145.2 x 93.3 x 9.9 mm (Folded)
Power Source 
Dual Spacial Variance Reactors
Dual Encapsulated Computer Cores
Subspace, Tachyon, and RF Transceivers


The device has two distinct displays which can be folded out like a book or palm-top computer for using both displays or one folded over the other to use a single display. When not in use the device folds up and can be configured to continue scanning, maintain communications, or manage data while the displays are not in use. The hinge locks into position when needed to provide easier use.


The specifications given are primarily for the military version, though functionality marked with an asterisks (*) denote functions only available to Solas Tempus. As a scanner and communications device, the unit is designed to handle any and all needs of a Solas Tempus officer or crew person in the field, should the need arise. Each display also possesses a short-range holographic emitter capable of expanding the display into three dimensions. While the emitter can provide touch feedback to objects, they are not solid. Other images can be projected using the emitters within about 24 cm or so of the display itself. A secondary more powerful holographic emitter allows the device to project a high resolution holographic image out to a distance of 4 meters from the device.


  • VAM Enhanced Sensor Pallet *
  • Active & Passive Ultra High Resolution Subspace Scanner
  • Active & Passive Ultra High Resolution EM Scanner
  • Active & Passive Temporal Scanner *
  • Active IR, Visible Light, UV Image Analyzer
  • Passive Audio Scanner
  • Active & Passive Biomedical Scanner
  • Active DNA and RNA Sequence Analyzer

Data Processing

The system is designed to handle and coordinate multiple dynamic data streams simultaneously from remote sensing, library computer access, and internal sensing systems.

  • High Bandwidth Isolinear & Optical Data Processing Suite
  • Bioneural Circuitry with RNA Sequence Memory Storage
  • Primary ECC CPU
  • Secondary ECC CPU
  • Remote Command and Control Interface

AI Usage

The device is capable of handling a Type 3 Multinodal Core, though it is not a standard component there is a dedicated slot for such a device within the unit.


The system is capable of handling multiple high bandwidth subspace, RF, and tachyon data links with multiple external computer systems simultaneously. The device can be in a passive mode, accessing remote data and displaying requested information or in an active mode where it manages and relays information between remote systems and itself. Normally the unit maintains an active data link with BlueNet to allow near-instantaneous relaying of information.


This powerful device was originally developed by Damien Smith based on a design he himself had used for some time with his AI companion Heather Quinn. The original design was mostly a way to contain Heather's program in situations where it wasn't either feasible or preferable to have her seen to go with him. In conjunction with Solas Tempus and the Serenity Concord, the design was prototyped in 2382 and finalized in 2384. While the United Federation of Planets has not adopted it, preferring to continue their own Tricorder / PADD line of devices, it has been widely available since August of 2384 for civilian use. Solas Tempus began testing the device for wide deployment in February of 2385. After some revisions to the device capabilities, a military version of the device was adopted as the standard for Solas Tempus and the Concord in June of 2386. In July of 2386 a less powerful Combat Version was released and became the standard for various kits and anywhere space and power are at a premium.