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Future Interoperability of Camp Protection Systems (FICAPS)
Author(s): Sylvie Caron; Rainer Gündisch; Alain Marchand; Karl-Hermann Stahl
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Paper Abstract

The FICAPS Project has been established as a Project of the European Defence Agency based on an initiative of Germany and France. Goal of this Project was to derive Guidelines, which by a proper implementation in future developments improve Camp Protection Systems (CPS) by enabling and improving interoperability between Camp Protection Systems and its Equipments of different Nations involved in multinational missions. These Guidelines shall allow for: • Real-time information exchange between equipments and systems of different suppliers and nations (even via SatCom), • Quick and easy replacement of equipments (even of different Nations) at run-time in the field by means of plug and play capability, thus lowering the operational and logistic costs and making the system highly available, • Enhancement of system capabilities (open and modular systems) by adding new equipment with new capabilities (just plug-in, automatic adjustment of the HMI Human Machine Interface) without costly and time consuming validation and test on system level (validation and test can be done on Equipment level), Four scenarios have been identified to summarize the interoperability requirements from an operational viewpoint. To prove the definitions given in the Guideline Document, a French and a German Demonstration System, based on existing national assets, were realized. Demonstrations, showing the capabilities given by the defined interoperability requirements with respect to the operational scenarios, were performed. Demonstrations included remote control of a CPS by another CPS, remote sensor control (Electro-Optic/InfraRed EO/IR) and remote effector control. This capability can be applied to extend the protection area or to protect distant infrastructural assets Demonstrations have been performed. The required interoperability functionality was shown successfully. Even if the focus of the FICAPS project was on camp protection, the solution found is also appropriate for other force protection and ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) tasks not only due to its flexibility but also due to the chosen interfacing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8742, Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IV, 87420E (22 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018056
Show Author Affiliations
Sylvie Caron, Direction Générale de l'Armement (France)
Rainer Gündisch, Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Schutz- und Sondertechnik (Germany)
Alain Marchand, Thales TDA Armements S.A.S. (France)
Karl-Hermann Stahl, Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8742:
Ground/Air Multisensor Interoperability, Integration, and Networking for Persistent ISR IV
Tien Pham; Michael A. Kolodny; Kevin L. Priddy, Editor(s)

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