Force Technology in Brondby, Denmark, required a communications middleware solution for its newest multiship marine-tug simulator system.
The Force Technology design team, having evaluated several DDS implementations, opted to employ the RTI data distribution service (DDS), formerly NDDS, from Real-Time Innovations (RTI) of Santa Clara, Calif., in its latest full-mission trainer application.
Force Technology’s newest offering is the first system to provide a comprehensive environment for training tugboat captains in maneuvering large vessels using multiple tugs into restricted spaces. The RTI DDS will be used to interconnect all dynamic elements in the simulator seamlessly and cohesively.
“One of the key enabling technologies now emerging in the design of distributed simulator systems is real-time middleware,” says Peter Justesen, head of simulation and information technologies at Force Technology. “The publish-subscribe paradigm of DDS enables systems to share data without having to create unique interfaces for each system. It frees our developers from needing to know the internal operation of each subsystem in order to retrieve its data.”
The system provides a COTS-based development environment that greatly simplifies system maintenance and the introduction of upgraded hardware in the operational systems. For more information, visit www.rti.com.