Advanced Communications Project: Shipboard Communications Center Modernization Recommendations Report

This report proposes an overall USCG architecture based on the Navy's Copernicus Architecture that is interoperable with US Navy systems present and future. Specifically, this architecture is based on the Copernicus' Communication Support System (CSS) architectural framework which provides a mechanism allowing for both change and growth in requirements and technology. This concept relies upon the separation of the existing and planned users from direct access and control of the set of radio frequency assets ("resources") available on each platform. It "inserts" a software/hardware "framework" between the users and the communications systems and provides multi-link communications services to the composite collection of communication users. A cornerstone of this concept is that the communication users are not aware of the media employed to transfer data to or from other users. The users are also not aware of data rate, coding mechanisms, link protocols, or timing relationships. The users regard the CSS as only providing the communications services which they specified in terms of distribution, security, quality, timeliness, and throughput. This study proposes an Integrated Communications Architecture (ICA) and the goal Integrated Communications System (ICS) implementation of the architecture for the WHEC and WMEC class Coast Guard vessels. The goal system is based upon an open and scaleable communications design utilizing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) and Non-Development Item (NDI) technologies. The architecture meets current and near-term cutter requirements, and provides a platform for future growth with minimum cost, technical risks, and “down time”. It permits modular system development, reconfiguration, incremental expansion, and encourages system definition and development using standards available in the public domain.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: 108p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01102898
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2008 3:16PM