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Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Transport Protocol Mediation and Integration

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-16-C-0507
Agency Tracking Number: N162-101-0999
Amount: $148,793.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N162-101
Solicitation Number: 2016.2
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-01-22
Small Business Information
103 Railroad Ave
Westminster, MD 21157
United States
DUNS: 080294345
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Gordon A Hunt
 (650) 743-1040
Business Contact
 Chris Allport
Phone: (410) 848-4946
Research Institution

Significance: As technological complexity increases, so too does the cost of integrating new systems. Each innovation yields geometrically more interfaces with which to integrate. Unless we develop a better approach, it will eventually become cost prohibitive to integrate additional technologies. Since integration occurs at the edges, it is necessary to obviate the differences found there with effective data mediation and protocol bridging. Data mediation ensures that interfaces are consistent in their data representation (e.g. measurement units) and the semantics (i.e. they have the same meaning). Although essential, data mediation is not a complete solution. Building on previous work, this project will tackle the integration challenges with systems leveraging disparate protocols. Hypothesis: Protocols can be bridged allowing systems with different protocols to connect without the need for manually created, point-to-point adapters. Preliminary Data: Our team completed some work on protocol bridging for the UCS Working Group which was demonstrated to enable semi-automated connectivity of disparate protocols. Specific Aims: (1) Develop a Configurable Transport Service Segment design. (2) Develop approaches for merging disparate models. (3) Develop how to characterize protocols in a data model. (4) Develop sample mappings of characterized protocol data. (5) Provide feedback to further development of existing standards.

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