Unmanned Vehicles Systems Applications

High Performance, Low-Latency and Low-Bandwidth Messaging Infrastructure

Unmanned vehicles place demanding requirements on their underlying middleware. Proven in hundreds of mission-critical applications, RTI's award-winning infrastructure technology addresses the key challenges faced by unmanned system developers.

  • High-performance real-time messaging for distributed control systems and sensor data distribution
  • Developing and deploying reliable, highly available, fault tolerant, dynamic and zero-administration applications
  • Operating over wireless links that can be unreliable, intermittent, high latency and low bandwidth
  • Reliably recording large volumes of high-throughput, real-time surveillance data for post-mission analysis
  • Support for heterogeneous environments including embedded and real-time operating systems
  • Compliance with industry standards such as DDS, RTPS and JMS

Connext DDS Cert serves as safety-certifiable communications infrastructure, with an available DO-178C Level A Certification Package, for the U.S. government's highest flight safety standard.

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Cassidian) is developing a next-generation Ground Control Station (GCS) for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) that will be deployed in hostile conditions or will be overflying populated areas.

General Atomics

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) selected RTI for real-time data exchange and processing for the advanced cockpit ground control stations (GCSs) for unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) such as the military Predator drones.


ATLANTIDA selected RTI Data Distribution Service for use in Air Traffic Management (ATM) for Unmanned Air System (UAS) platforms.

Schilling Robotics

FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics manufactures work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and manipulator arms. Their systems operate in the world's most difficult environments, from the crushing pressure of the ocean floor to the high radiation of nuclear reactors and the toxic atmosphere within waste facilities. Schilling needs a reliable software framework. A critical fault in the software running these systems could result in the loss of very expensive equipment. At the same time, the software must be flexible and able to support rapid development across the company's many product lines.

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University of Porto

University of Porto Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory uses RTI in Seaware, its publish-subscribe communications middleware, used in networked vehicle systems composed of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), remotely-operated vehicles (ROV), unmanned air vehicles (UAV), and autonomous surface vehicles (ASV).