Processor Interface Protocols for Facilitating Detection-Level Data Fusion
BBN TECHNOLOGIES ARLINGTON VA
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Sharing track-level contact information across multiple processors and platforms is relatively commonplace now in combat systems. This has been greatly facilitated by the development of communications standards for passing tracklevel data. However, for more effective data fusion and for operator confirmation purposes, it is often very desirable to share lower level detection and classification data products as well as portions of raw or semi-processed sensor data. Sharing these types of data is often impeded by the need to translate between the different data formats used by the systems involved. Moreover, merely obtaining connectivity between individual stovepiped processing systems is often nontrivial. The work described in this paper is an on-going attempt to develop standard protocols and data formats for communication of lower-level data products between multiple processing systems. The initial effort for this work has been focused on the Under Sea Warfare community, but the protocols are not exclusively applicable to sonar systems.