New standards for sharing defence information28/05/14Defence
UK: Through funding from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl’s) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), UK-based small business 2iC has developed an innovative way of linking different systems in the battlefield.
This proof of concept is intended to allow troops to reduce their kit burden, while also increasing the tempo of operation and overall battlefield effectiveness.
Designed to co-ordinate distributed systems supplied by multiple vendors in challenging technical environments, 2iC has created solutions to provide comprehensive, rapid, and low risk systems interoperability.
The success of this project also resulted in 2iC being contracted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to create the new Lean Services Architecture as part of the MoD Land Open Systems Architecture (LOSA) programme.
In the past it has been difficult to link and control the large number of different systems needed in the battle-space and share information intelligently between each of them. The LOSA programme aims to tackle this by enabling systems integration and interoperability.
Graham Booth, 2iC CEO, said: “2iC has been able to connect and then co-ordinate previously standalone systems anywhere, whether on soldiers, vehicles and bases, or distributed systems in the civil world. We believe that this, along with the availability of the open standard, could have significant benefits on future interoperability for both UK forces and allies. Working with CDE has not only allowed us to achieve this but has given us credibility amongst investors and the wider defence industry to ultimately grow our business.”
The interface specification of the Lean Services Architecture was recently published as an open standard using the Open Government Licence, which means that any party can now freely use this innovative technology. The Dstl said it is a step towards achieving the Defence White Paper open standards objectives.
Jim Pennycook, CDE head of operations, added: “The creation of a new government licenced open standard that the MoD will use as the backbone of the Lean Services Architecture is a very significant step and it is a fundamental change in the way the MoD will integrate technology into capability. We are proud that by supporting 2iC, CDE has been instrumental in helping to achieve this.”