Data Translation | Network Configuration
The Aviation Gateway is a software package hosted on a dedicated server or a virtual machine that communicates with both the Aviation telemetry network via the Aviation Network Node (ANN), and the gateway for site-specific communication protocol. All communications between the aircraft and CIS are bi-directional, allowing the CIS administrative commands to be transmitted using the established interface. The AGW provides translation of SMODIM telemetry data, including position/location, weapon fire, RTCA and various other statuses. The collected data is then retranslated into other formats and retransmitted to third parties. The AGW can be configured to act as a generic gateway, translating exercise data to and from a number of formats, including DIS, HLA, CTIA, etc. The AGW provides centralized geometric pairing in CTC environments. It can also communicate with SMOTAR workstations to provide real-time graphical monitoring and administrative control over a training exercise.
The Aviation Network Node (ANN) family of components includes the Rack-mounted Relay Unit (RRU) and Network Control Unit (NCU). The ANN includes a radio transceiver that is collocated with each telemetry network tower. The TESS system utilizing ANNs can support up to 135 air players at a 1 Hz update rate. Up to 15 towers can be used to achieve range coverage. Each ANN will receive information from player units and transmit CIS commands within radio range. The ANN translates radio packets into Internet Protocol (IP) based messages that can be sent to the Aviation Gateway via any IP based network.
Telemetry Test Kit
The Telemetry Test Kit (TTK) replicates one or more players on the TESS network. Like other player units, it synchronizes with GPS and the Telemetry network to test coverage, connectivity and player data transmission. Unlike other player units, it allows for the simulation of other player units by reporting as multiple Player IDs (PIDs) from a single radio. The TTK includes a Range Test Unit (RTU). The RTU is assigned a PID and usually installed on a ground vehicle so it can be driven throughout the training range for testing. It can connect to either vehicle power through the cigarette lighter or used with any 12 VDC supply using supplied cables. The RTU can support CONUS or OCONUS operations and is packaged with a magnetic mount GPS and Telemetry antenna assembly. The TTK participates in the same network as the existing player units, transmitting to other players, Remote Relay Unit (RRU) equipped towers, and Modular Mobile Command and Control (MMCC) stations. The tablet PC provides immediate feedback of the data transmitted over the air via its SMOTAR 6 display. It also provides a mechanism for enabling scripts to be selected and sent to the RTU for execution. The TTK is used to test the training infrastructure prior to powering up expensive aviation platforms for training.
Hand Held Initializer
The Hand Held Initializer (HHI) is used to initialize and associate subassemblies and configure the network. It is used to change radio configurations and set Player ID, platform type, weapon types, and weapon loads for the IPU and ASMODIM. It provides a low power, short-range RF wireless area network interface between player units, weapon simulators and wireless sensors.