New RTI Connext Delivers Integration Power for Interoperable Open Architecture in the Tactical Internet
SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Feb. 14, 2012—Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the world leader in delivering fast, scalable communications software that addresses the challenges of building and integrating real-time operational systems, today announced its Connext™ product family. Based on its widely adopted RTI Databus™ technology, Connext products enable the development of large-scale systems of systems. Connext delivers open standards-based interoperability between independently developed vendor solutions. This inherent interoperability is a key building block for the Tactical Internet.
Leading Defense procurement agencies, such as the US DoD and UK MOD, are already leveraging RTI's capabilities and Databus technology in leading interoperable open architecture (IOA) procurement programs; specific use cases include the DoD UCS (UAS Control Segment) program and MOD Def Stan 23-09 GVA (Generic Vehicle Architecture). Defining systems though their data is a core enabling principle for inherent IOA systems; these programs are leading examples of this approach. RTI's Connext family lets mission-critical systems share and manage data through the Tactical Internet. Thus, systems such as GCS's (Ground Control Stations) and armored vehicles can connect real-time systems and interface them with the enterprise-based command infrastructure.
Tactical Internet integration increases effectiveness and cuts costs. For instance, integrated systems can capture and analyze accurate usage statistics from operational systems and communicate them to command systems. Command can then use this information to improve equipment and battlefield support, combat asset management and deployment and contracting arrangements for equipment support. The entire enterprise, from high-level command to tactical equipment, gains efficiency and effectiveness.
Connext also improves acquisition purchasing models. For instance, with better interoperability, systems integrators can meet the requirement of Dr. Ashton Carter's (former US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) 'Better Buying Power: Guidance for Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending.' Among other objectives, this guidance calls for open-market competition at the subsystems level, enabled by open system architectures. Enabling inherent interoperability massively improves productivity in the single highest cost area – systems integration. Systems that are interoperable by design reduce integration to a mostly debugging, validation and test exercise. Validation exercises by the UCS program in 2011 showed that integration of applications and sub-systems, even into a competitor's system, took an aggregate 77 hours according to Douglas Gregory, chairman, UCS working group.
"RTI has proven its credentials in enabling the rapid and cost effective development of mission-critical defense systems over the last ten years," said Curt Schacker, chief commercial officer at RTI. "We are now responding to our defense customers' demands to deliver a wider and broader integration capability. We meet these needs by scaling up our data-integration products and providing COTS integration with enterprise infrastructure."
RTI is the world leader in delivering fast, scalable, communications software that addresses the challenges of building and integrating real-time operational systems. RTI Connext solutions meet the needs of enterprise-wide integration—from the operational edge to the enterprise data center. The RTI standards-based software infrastructure improves the efficiency of operational systems while facilitating better decisions, actions and outcomes for the business enterprise.
For over ten years, RTI has delivered industry-leading products and solutions for customers in markets ranging from Aerospace & Defense, Process Automation, Financial Services, Energy, Automotive, Health Sciences and Transportation Management.
Founded in 1991, RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
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