RTI to provide UAV data-distribution software for air traffic management research

SUNNYVALE, Calif., 27 Jan 2010. Atlantida, an air traffic management (ATM) technologies consortium, needed data-distribution software for research in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). They found their solution from Real-Time Innovations (RTI) in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Atlantida selected the RTI Data Distribution Service for use in UAVs because the RTI software provides a flexible integration infrastructure that enables individual UAV components to be changed and reconfigured, RTI officials say.

RTI Data Distribution Service also complies with the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) specification, a standard for real-time application integration.

Atlantida is exploring an approach for automating air traffic management that is seamlessly applicable to aircraft operations, including commercial aviation, civil and military UAVs, very light jets, and futuristic personal air transport systems.

UAV integration into civil air traffic control systems is often perceived as the most difficult problem that future ATM systems need to address.
The DDS specification reduces the complexity of designing UAVs by providing a data-centric integration foundation.

A UAV that uses DDS supports interchangeable hardware and applications. DDS also can integrate sensors and data-recording instruments, as well as support real-time communications.

DDS is used in UAVs and ground stations. The Atlantida Consortium is a team of 17 companies and 17 investigation organizations led by Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE). DDS uses a publish-subscribe model focused on the data exchanged between different subsystems to clearly define the flow of the communication in heterogeneous distributed systems.

For more information contact RTI online at www.rti.com, or Atlantida at www.cenit-atlantida.org.

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