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System approach to distributed sensor management
Author(s): Gregory Mayott; Gordon Miller; John Harrell; Jared Hepp; Mid Self
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Paper Abstract

Since 2003, the US Army's RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision Electronic Sensor Directorate (NVESD) has been developing a distributed Sensor Management System (SMS) that utilizes a framework which demonstrates application layer, net-centric sensor management. The core principles of the design support distributed and dynamic discovery of sensing devices and processes through a multi-layered implementation. This results in a sensor management layer that acts as a System with defined interfaces for which the characteristics, parameters, and behaviors can be described. Within the framework, the definition of a protocol is required to establish the rules for how distributed sensors should operate. The protocol defines the behaviors, capabilities, and message structures needed to operate within the functional design boundaries. The protocol definition addresses the requirements for a device (sensors or processes) to dynamically join or leave a sensor network, dynamically describe device control and data capabilities, and allow dynamic addressing of publish and subscribe functionality. The message structure is a multi-tiered definition that identifies standard, extended, and payload representations that are specifically designed to accommodate the need for standard representations of common functions, while supporting the need for feature-based functions that are typically vendor specific. The dynamic qualities of the protocol enable a User GUI application the flexibility of mapping widget-level controls to each device based on reported capabilities in real-time. The SMS approach is designed to accommodate scalability and flexibility within a defined architecture. The distributed sensor management framework and its application to a tactical sensor network will be described in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7707, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2010, 77070I (28 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852583
Show Author Affiliations
Gregory Mayott, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Gordon Miller, Oakwood Controls, Corp. (United States)
John Harrell, Oakwood Controls, Corp. (United States)
Jared Hepp, Oakwood Controls, Corp. (United States)
Mid Self, CACI Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7707:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2010
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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