C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

NRL demonstrates automated health-monitoring system for ship communications networks

09 January 2017

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing a system of sensors that could shorten the time it takes for a ship's network administrator to identify anomalies, determine the cause of a problem, and fix the issue.

The Integrated Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Tactical Resiliency Risk Reduction (ISTR3) programme monitors multi-layer, multi-domain network performance in real-time. When an outage occurs or an anomaly is detected, the system offers automated courses-of-action (CoA) to fix a variety of problems.

Network administrators can find themselves in difficult situations if a network link fails, especially if it is for SATCOM, Andrew Robertson, a communications and networks research scientist at the NRL told IHS Jane's.

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