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Using the UMAA Standard with RTI Connext

Creating an Anchor Controller App for a UMAA System

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The maritime development space generates rapid evolution. From the old compass-guided vehicles that were only able to sample environmental readings to the latest UUVs and USVs that capture impressive imagery using HISAS sonars, the pace of innovation is exponential. And these uncrewed vehicles are now routinely equipped with Inertial Navigation System (INS) sensors, DVLs, high resolution cameras and augmented with new capabilities that include mission autonomy, object detection, behavior trees and obstacle avoidance.

Earlier mission objectives, such as sending out a vehicle to collect salinity readings or basic navigation, are far different from the current operational needs and complexities and require new levels of software functionality. In the past, a simple interface between a single operator and a vehicle might have been enough. Today however, even a basic CONOPS effort can easily involve multiple vehicles, operators, relay buoys, plus the need to transmit all of this data over various communication paths.

This evolution of scaled complexity necessitates infrastructure software to power that data flow, while keeping the management overhead low.

RTI Connext software has been successfully powering U.S. Navy systems such as Aegis for decades, delivering the reliability and feature set needed to help reduce cost and complexity.

The following examples are meant to demonstrate the efficiency of using Connext for systems development in compliance with the UMAA standard.