Data Fusion Engine (DFE) for the Force Protection Joint Experiment (FPJE)
SPACE AND NAVAL WARFARE SYSTEMS CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The FPJE was an experiment to consider the best way to create a system of systems in the realm of Force Protection. It was sponsored by Physical Security Equipment Action Group PSEAG and Joint Program Manager-Guardian JPMG, and was managed by the Product Manager-Force Protection Systems PM-FPS. The experiment attempted to understand the challenges associated with integrating disparate systems into a cohesive unit, and then the compounding challenge of handling the flow of data into the system and its dispersion to all subscribed Command and Control C2 nodes. To handle this data flow we created the DFE based on the framework of the Joint Battlespace Command and Control System for Manned and Unmanned Assets JBC2S. The DFE is a data server that receives information from the network of systems via the Security Equipment Integration Working Group SEIWG ICD-0100 protocol, processes the data through static fusion algorithms, and then publishes the fused data to the C2 nodes, in this case JBC2S and the Tactical Automated Security System TASS. The DFE uses only known concepts and algorithms for its fusion efforts. This paper discusses the analyzed impact of the fusion on C2 nodes displays and in turn on the operators. Also, this paper discusses the lessons learned about networked control combined with DFE generated automatic response. Finally, this paper discusses possible future efforts and their benefits for providing the useful operational picture to the operator.
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