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Sensor Link Protocol: A Common Digital Information Link for Sensor Systems
ARMY COMMUNICATIONS-ELECTRONICS COMMANDFORT BELVOIR VA NIGHT VISION AND ELECTRONICS SENSORS DIRECTORATE
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The Program Management Office of Night VisionReconnaissance Surveillance and Target Acquisition NVRSTA has developed the Sensor Link Protocol which permits a plug n play like integration of a diverse set of sensors currently or soon to be in production. The Sensor Link Protocol is an RS 485232 based networking protocol, which allows a variety of sensor systems to be connected to a diverse set of computer platforms. The protocol then provides an interface through which digital information can be passed between the host computer and the sensor as well as a method of externally controlling the sensor functions. The continued emphasis on battlefield digitization and communications has created a means to disseminate accurate and timely information among a variety of battlefield computer systems. These efforts now require the digitally interfacing of Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition RSTA sensor systems to these battlefield computer systems. This paper describes and outlines the Sensor Link Protocol which provides a common interface to a variety of RSTA sensor systems. The Sensor Link Protocol acts as an enabling technology linking RSTA sensor systems to the digitized battlefield.
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