Leveraging a Robust Data Architecture for Rapid Combat System Integration, Testing, and Certification
Navy SBIR FY2018.1

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2018.1
Topic No.: N181-053
Topic Title: Leveraging a Robust Data Architecture for Rapid Combat System Integration, Testing, and Certification
Proposal No.: N181-053-0514
Firm: SimVentions, Inc.
100 Riverside Parkway
Suite 123
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406
Contact: Bertram Chase
Phone: (540) 372-7727
Web Site: http://www.simventions.com
Abstract: There are many challenges associated with delivering new capabilities to a Naval Combatants. Because Combat Systems can apply lethal effects, ensuring the interoperability of the components and applications that comprise Naval combat systems such as AEGIS is a critical and essential task. Introducing a new capability or updating a single subsystem requires testing and certification of the subsystem as well as the system as a whole. This alone is expensive and time consuming. But, the reality is that by adding or updating one subsystem, other subsystems must also be updated. This additional activity only increases the cost and time it takes to deliver capabilities to the warfighter. SimVentions offers to define a new methodology, based on the FACE Technical Standard and software tools, to move AEGIS interface and data model specifications forward by specifying semantic representations, allow interoperability issues to be discovered earlier, and promote reuse by isolating code changes within the architecture. This will facilitate the introduction of new capability while allowing legacy subsystems to operate without change and migrate forward to FACE conformance as their Program allows. All of this will combine to reduce the effort and cost associated with developing, integrating, testing, and certifying tactical software.
Benefits: SimVentions expects that the methodology, tools, and processes that will be developed will lead to significant savings in combat system integration, testing, and certification. By using the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACETM) as a basis for the data architecture and establishing a process/methodology for the integration of new subsystems or updating existing subsystems that relies more on automatic code generation, the time to identify and resolve integration issues decreases. In addition, by reducing subsystem modifications, testing time for subsystem changes is decreased, which will then translate to a faster certification time. Not only will combat systems benefit from this new methodology/tools/processes, but so can any industry that uses control systems as the backbone of their business process comprised of diverse systems communicating to perform a common mission. Some examples of such industries include chemical manufacturing, oil refineries, water and waste water treatment facilities, as well as defense contractors.