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CI Systems to Show Locally Designed, State-of-the-Art Digital Control Systems at DEXSA'98
Publication: CI Press Release Issued: Date: 1998-10-29 Reporter: CI Systems

CI Press Release


CI Systems, a company specialising in real-time, network-based solutions for mission-critical military and industrial applications, will be demonstrating three of its locally designed, state-of-the-art, digital control systems at the DEXA show.

The first of these, the Platform Management System (PMS), is an integrated vessel control and monitoring system, providing centralised management of sub-systems by means of a computer network.

Access to the functions of the PMS is via a sophisticated man-machine interface, using a graphical environment to effectively display information concerning the move and float functions of the ship.

CI Systemss managing director, Richard Young, comments: "The PMS, through its ultra high-performance display technology, provides effective centralised management of many classical functions within the vessel.

"These include propulsion, electrical and auxiliary systems, damage control, ship stability, helicopter operations, maintenance, data logging and operative manning, to mention a few.

"Information received from the various sub-systems is displayed in a user-friendly fashion, with dials and indicators presenting information in a clear, easily-understood way."

The second product to be demonstrated on the show, CI Systemss Information Management System (IMS), is an in-house-developed, ship-borne network based on SAFENET (Survivable Adaptable Fibre Optic Embedded Network) that effectively provides the logical integration function of the fight function of the ship.

The IMS manages the transfer of time-critical command and control messages, multimedia streams and background file transfer from many sources to many destinations.

Supporting unicast, broadcast and reliable multicast transfer types, the IMS also provides for network synchronisation and message timestamping, as well as sophisticated built-in test and network management. Bounded packet latencies, message-level priorities, synchronous bandwidth allocation, high throughput, determinism and reliability are some hallmarks of the IMS.

"Apart from ship-borne applications, IMS is finding application in real-time vetronics systems as well as tactical command and control systems," observes Young.

The third product, Tracker Radar Console (TRC), provides a sophisticated, graphically orientated man-machine interface for a variety of optronic radar tracking systems. The TRC overlays high resolution graphic symbology over the displayed video to facilitate searching and tracking of targets by the operator.

Highly suited to naval and air defence tracking radar display applications, the TRC allows the user to configure, calibrate and control the system using a combination of handgrip, rollerball, fast-function keys and on-screen menus.

Incorporating the latest Object-Orientated (OO) design and programming tools, coupled to inexpensive off-the-shelf technologies such as Windows NT, Pentium II processor boards and an FDDI LAN interface, the TRC provides a cost effective solution for any defence force.

"In the future battlespace," concludes Young, "where a soldier or sailor could die within minutes of being detected by the enemy, action will be required as rapidly as possible.

"Information will be transferred between different units of the force, who will use the information to enhance their own decisions and actions, narrowing the window between detection and action.

"Our products, incorporating some of the most advanced technologies available today, are designed to dramatically improve the transfer speed, reliability and interpretability of battlefield data, thereby lessening the vulnerability of the force and enhancing its battle effectiveness."

DEXSA98 Details :

Dates : 17-21 November 1998
Venue : Air Force Base Waterkloof, Pretoria
Hall : 9
Stand : A32