PrismTech’s Vortex DDS Showcased at DSEI 2017

Last week saw PrismTech showcase our Data Distribution Service (DDS) demo (see YouTube video above) whilst exhibiting amongst the giants of the world’s defense and aerospace market at DSEI 2017- many of whom are current PrismTech customers. Renowned as the world’s leading event bringing together the global defense and security sector DSEI did not disappoint, with the Excel Exhibition Centre hosting over 1,600 exhibitors and 34,000 visitors across the four days featuring a wide array of Defense and Aerospace applications.

PrismTech’s DDS demo stimulated great interest around the PrismTech booth, leading to many exciting discussions on how DDS could be applied to their own defense use cases. The demo highlighted the process of moving real-time data around network systems using Vortex DDS with land and sea examples.

Another highlight at DSEI was the announcement of Thales Australia selecting Vortex DDS as the data sharing platform for its Integral Computing System (ICS) which has been featured in major defense publications such as; Jane’s 360 and Defence Connect.

DSEI 2017

A Defense and Aerospace event of this scale is particularly relevant to PrismTech due the wide adoption of DDS in this industry- for example it is mandated in Vetronics systems with standards such as the Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA).

To find out more about how Vortex DDS benefits the defense and aerospace industry, click here

What’s new with Open Source DDS Community Edition v6.7 Software

DDS Community v6.7 Mailer Poster

PrismTech recently released its latest version of Open Source DDS Community Edition, the 6.7 version which adds significant new functionality and a new open source licensing model to the DDS Community Edition.

The DDS Community Edition v6.7 is being released to the open source community under the widely adopted Apache license, version 2.0 source code license. Unlike many other code licenses the Apache license places very few restrictions on the use or availability of the code.

Here are the new features included on this release:

  • Durability: Full support for TRANSIENT_LOCAL durability is now offered without relying on each standalone ‘single-process’ application to include a full durability-service (DS).  As typically a DS is run as part of a federation, we have introduced the concept of ‘client-side durability’ where standalone ‘single-process’ applications will transparently obtain historical data from dynamically discovered durability-services (as provided by our commercial OpenSplice version)
  • DCPS API’s: Support for the latest ISOCPP and JAVA5 DCPS language bindings
  • FACE: This release includes a reference implementation of the FACE 2.1 Transport Services Segment (TSS)
  • GPB: Support to use Google Protocol Buffers (GPB) as an alternative to the OMG-IDL definition for topic-types. GPB is a popular technology that supports evolvable data-types and we’ve added annotations for key- and filterable-fields to retain the data-centric features of DDS.

The new release also includes numerous other updates to the code base such as: performance and footprint improvements, bug fixes, robustness and maintainability improvements.

With having Apache license version 2.0 open source license available, this will help reduce the IoT adoption barriers and further accelerate the penetration of DDS in this new and exciting market.

Find out more details on DDS Community v6.7 or click here to download the software.

 

Vortex OpenSplice – Power at the core of your IoT Systems

PrismTech features Vortex OpenSplice on its latest video highlighting its exceptional properties such as power, performance, scalability, efficiency, data centricity, security and quality-of-service.

From the original OpenSplice DDS product, Vortex OpenSplice is a combination of innovation, improved performance and the most comprehensive DDS implementation available in the market. Vortex OpenSplice enables data to be shared and integrated across a wide spectrum of operating systems and platforms; and has been successfully deployed in many missions and business-critical systems.

Vortex OpenSplice is available for a FREE 30-day trial. Click here to download.

OpenSplice DDS in Coordinated Multirobot Missions for Lunar Sample Collection

PrismTech recently announced that NASA had selected OpenSplice DDS to help make Star Trek inspired Holodeck Technologies a reality. Following on from this I would like to highlight in my blog another space related project which is using OpenSplice DDS called IMPERA (integrated mission planning using heterogeneous robots).

The main goal of IMPERA is the development of a multirobot planning and execution architecture with a focus on a lunar sample collection scenario in an unknown environment. For future lunar and other planetary missions, autonomy is mandatory. Current NASA missions deal mainly with the exploration of the Mars surface and the analysis of the surface consistency. The systems Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity work as individual systems. Looking toward the future, it is a subsequent step to set up infrastructure and scientific components on Mars or on the moon. This infrastructure can consist of small stations measuring environmental conditions, units that are used to provide drill cores for subsurface analysis, or units for communication and energy supply.

Building infrastructure and interacting with infrastructure during a planetary mission calls for multirobot systems and coordination between multiple systems, each system having dedicated sensors and roles during a mission. If robots need to cooperate in a multirobot context, it is important to know how such a team of robots can exchange their knowledge about the world in terms of a world model, how to generate a mission plan, and how to execute a plan using robots with different abilities and configurations.

For the IMPERA project PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS implementation of the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems standard was chosen as the communcations middleware. OpenSplice DDS is ideally suited for the IMPERA project as it is based on the loosely coupled publish subscribe paradignm and provides extensive quality of service (QoS) options such as automatic reconnection and data buffering in the case of communication loss. The DDS communication middleware helps to ensure that each robot has the same knowledge about the internal status of each individual robot.

For further details about the IMPERA project, a Journal of Field Robotics paper titled “Towards Coordinated Multirobot Missions for Lunar Sample Collection in an Unknown Environment” authored by Markus Eich, Ronny Hartanto, Sebastian Kasperski, Sankaranarayanan Natarajan, and Johannes Wollenberg of DFKI, Robotics Innovation Center, Bremen, Germany is Now Available.

NASA selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS to Help Make Holodeck Technologies a Reality

OpenSplice DDS provides high performance, real-time data sharing for leading edge simulation environments

Boston, MA, USA – January 23, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that it is working with NASA with the aim of making Star Trek inspired holodeck technologies one step closer to becoming a reality.

Star Trek has provided an enormous complement of technologies that have amazed audiences for decades.  An important technology that served multiple purposes was the holodeck.  The holodeck was used as a data analysis environment (provided 3-D visualization of data/models/simulations), a communications device (created 3-D representation of the beings that were being communicated with), a training tool (provided crew members with simulated environments to train for missions), an engineering design tool (allowed crew members to create and manipulate 3-D models of objects piece by piece before they were fabricated), and as a recreation environment (simulated locations crew members could visit).

Although a holodeck developed using today’s technologies would not provide the same range and fidelity of capabilities as those provided by a Star Trek holodeck, the technologies available today would still allow the creation of a system that would still be tremendously beneficial.

NASA has started developing the concepts related to a holodeck system using today’s technologies and is investigating the benefits that it could provide to tele-presence, mission planning, and training activities.  Future improvements of this holodeck system using technologies that are currently being developed at research institutions (e.g. Claytronics) could one day provide the necessary technology augmentations to make Star Trek like holodecks a reality.

As part of the project, NASA required a middleware solution that allowed real-time, scalable and robust information exchange between different parts of the system.

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time data-processing systems.

“OpenSplice was evaluated and selected for this Project because of its easy to use API, cross platform compatibility, high performance, and a rich suite of functionality,” said Frank Delgado, Engineer, NASA.

“This project has the potential of changing the way people interact with machines, visualize data and work together,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, PrismTech.  “This revolutionary and visionary Science Fiction inspired technology now has the prospect of becoming a reality. Knowing that OpenSplice DDS plays a key role in enabling this real-time data sharing is very exciting.”

Further information about OpenSplice DDS is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.

Rockwell Collins selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS to support its Tactical Air Control Party Modernization Program

OpenSplice DDS enables interoperability and real-time data sharing for mission critical command and control systems

Boston, MA, USA – January 20, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance critical middleware, today announced that its OpenSplice™ DDS product suite has been selected by Rockwell Collins to support its latest Networked Joint Fires (NJF) software powered by Rosetta Technology®.

Rockwell Collins’ NJF software provides a modern, mission-centric graphical user interface, updated information exchange capabilities and integration with US and International defense forces in an all-inclusive, digital machine-to-machine close air support and surface-to-surface field artillery targeting solution, enabling interoperability with command and control and aircraft systems such as the Theater Battle Management Control System (TBMCS) and the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).  NJF controls and monitors a host of tactical radios, modems, data links, navigation devices, laser range finders, and video receivers, enabling the modern warfighter to have a highly configurable tactical application for vehicular and dismounted strike and situational awareness mission operations.

PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time command and control (C2) systems.  OpenSplice DDS sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance and portability (platform support).

“The use of OpenSplice DDS in this important program once again shows that our continued effort in developing the best in class technology is helping users meet the demanding requirements for the next generation of C2 systems,” said Steve Jennis, SVP of Corporate Development, PrismTech.  “We are very pleased that we could provide Rockwell Collins with the right combination of technology solution and business model to meet the needs of the program.”

SUDE Selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS for Smart City Services in the City of Nice

OpenSplice DDS delivers smart parking systems enabling better interoperability, data sharing and integration of new and existing city services

Boston, MA, USA – April 12, 2013 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that its OpenSplice™ DDS product suite has been selected by SUDE as the foundation to implement The City Operating System project providing the City of Nice with new intelligence to coordinate and connect all of the parking services and mobility in the City.

SUDE specializes in the management of urban space and mobility for the City of Nice.  SUDE focuses on the implementation of Think Global – The City Operating System®, an ecosystem that aims to improve the efficiency of city services.  Smart systems add value to citizens by providing real-time information on traffic, transportation, wastage, air/water quality etc. countering the problems faced by cities due to rising population and urbanization.

PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS has been selected as the information backbone for this City Operating System project, to ensure Intelligent Mobility and Environmental Quality in the City of NiceSmart Parking systems allow drivers to make informed decisions on their movement by combining traffic information and parking availability (on street and garage), as well as alternative transportation (public transportation, bicycle sharing and electric car services).  Smart Parking increases parking efficiency, safety, and reduces pollution.

OpenSplice DDS has been deployed throughout the city and has shown its ability to scale extremely well delivering the right information to the right place at the right time every time.  OpenSplice DDS enables sharing of real-time information about parking availability, and traffic density.  OpenSplice DDS powered sensors inform commuters in real-time about the availability of a parking space, and re-routes traffic alleviating congestion along with facilitating the information through smart phones.  A detailed Smart Cities use case is available from PrismTech’s website at http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/industry-solutions.

The project was launched in March 2013, French news coverage includes:
http://www.nicematin.com/nice/video-appli-mobile-et-services-high-tech-pour-un-stationnement-intelligent-a-nice.1171585.html
http://www.wat.tv/video/application-pour-stationnement-5v13h_2exyh_.html
http://www.francetvinfo.fr/nice-le-stationnement-intelligent_279017.html

“Helping to solve mass urbanization challenges is one of the most socially important, impactful and exciting uses of OpenSplice DDS that I have seen.  PrismTech is thrilled to be part of this pioneering project in the City of Nice and looks forward to the adoption of The City Operating System in other great cities,” said Andrew Lloyd, OpenSplice SVP, PrismTech.

“The OpenSplice DDS middleware layer fits perfectly well with the SUDE vision: a global answer to the multi-facetted challenges of the management of urban space,” said Jean-Louis Fiorucci, President, SUDE.

Further information about OpenSplice DDS is available from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.