Sensor Integration Applications

The Software and Systems Engineering Services team blends capabilities that meet or exceed our larger competitors with the personal attention of a small company.  We recognize it takes more than technical ability to meet the specialized needs of our customers.  Each member of our team is selected not only for their technical skills, but also for their people skills.  With advanced degrees in several different technical fields combined with decades of experience, we continue to provide the quality service that our customers have come to expect.

While primarily focused on the integration of disparate military systems the team has experience in a number of technical domains that can provide reliable support in both the public and private sector.

Until now, creating new sensor platforms meant spending significant resources on integrating different sensors into an organized system.

Oakwood controls provides the following products for simplifying sensor integration:

Sensor Interface Module (SIM)

The Sensor Interface Modules enables the integration of multiple sensor feeds, simplifying the management and extensibility of existing sensor platforms. Current SIM configuration includes:

  • 3 serial ports
  • 1 SDRAM card slot
  • PC/104 16-bit expansion slot
  • Complete embedded Debian Linux OS and integration toolkit
  • Variable DC power
  • Enhanced system management services to initialize and ensure the device is running
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Sensor Integration Unit (SIU)

The Sensor Integration Unit makes it possible to quickly connect large numbers of sensors in unified platform. Using the SIU, the time needed to create, field, and support new sensor platforms is dramatically reduced.

Simplifying Integration

The SIU simplifies the process of creating a new sensor platform. The SIU connects to a new sensor via its protocol (oftentimes proprietary) and translates the sensor data to standardized protocols, including DSIF messages. This means that standardized protocols can be used for managing different sensor, simplifying registration, configuration and operation processes.

The SIU makes it possible to easily relay data between other SIU stations and sensor platforms. Each SIU has the ability to serve as a master to other SIUs, making it possible to aggregate sensor data from different platforms and provide this stream to an upstream application. As well, each SIU can serve as a client to upstream master units, making it easy to manage sensor platforms from a single point.

These features mean that integration teams can minimize resources spent on the communication layer of sensor integration and instead focus on developing the applications of sensor technology.

Accelerating Time to Market

Typically, small changes in sensor hardware lead to delays in fielding a sensor platform. This is because developers needed to focus on creating the data communication links between the new sensor and the core communication system.

The SIU will increase the throughput of existing sensor platform assembly teams. Once a sensor has been registered as part of the SIU library, technicians can quickly mix and match different sensors for a specific platform application. Need a short-range radar, full-motion daytime video and passive IR? Once these sensors are registered, an integration technician can take advantage of the SIU plug-and-play approach to assemble the hardware and quickly configure the platform before fielding the unit.

Improving Field Support and Extending Service Life

Field support for sophisticated sensor systems is complicated. Most times, it is impractical to return inoperative platforms for repair or upgrade. Currently, if hardware needs to be replaced, a field service technician must replace hardware, make application patches and reconnect the platform to the command and control network.

The SIU makes it possible for end users to simply remove a broken or old sensor, install the new sensor, and update the SIU using a USB key that is matched to the new hardware. The SIU takes care of converting the new sensor stream to the desired protocol and notifies upstream SIUs that a new sensor is online.

This innovative approach to sensor management reduces critical downtime while also extending the service life of existing sensor platforms.

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