PrismTech’s Vortex DDS Showcased at DSEI 2017

Last week saw PrismTech showcase our Data Distribution Service (DDS) demo (see YouTube video above) whilst exhibiting amongst the giants of the world’s defense and aerospace market at DSEI 2017- many of whom are current PrismTech customers. Renowned as the world’s leading event bringing together the global defense and security sector DSEI did not disappoint, with the Excel Exhibition Centre hosting over 1,600 exhibitors and 34,000 visitors across the four days featuring a wide array of Defense and Aerospace applications.

PrismTech’s DDS demo stimulated great interest around the PrismTech booth, leading to many exciting discussions on how DDS could be applied to their own defense use cases. The demo highlighted the process of moving real-time data around network systems using Vortex DDS with land and sea examples.

Another highlight at DSEI was the announcement of Thales Australia selecting Vortex DDS as the data sharing platform for its Integral Computing System (ICS) which has been featured in major defense publications such as; Jane’s 360 and Defence Connect.

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A Defense and Aerospace event of this scale is particularly relevant to PrismTech due the wide adoption of DDS in this industry- for example it is mandated in Vetronics systems with standards such as the Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA).

To find out more about how Vortex DDS benefits the defense and aerospace industry, click here

Exploring Vortex Edge Connect: Web UI Tutorial

Following the successful launch of Vortex Edge Connect in May 2017, we produced a series of tutorials to assist system developers evaluate the software. Vortex Edge Connect enables data interoperability and connectivity between industrial data sources and applications, independent of whether they are deployed on local edge networks close to machines or in the cloud.

In this first tutorial, we feature the web-based User Interface attribute of Vortex Edge Connect which is running on Vortex Edge Smart Gateway connecting a ModBus, potentiometer and LED lights. Vortex Edge Connect is pre-configured on the Vortex Edge Smart Gateway which collects and processes data from the sensor, then is shared with other communication endpoints.  Vortex Edge Connect is an extensible and scalable framework for connecting different endpoint technologies together in an Industrial Internet of Things system.

The Vortex Edge Connect is available for evaluation. For inquiries, contact PrismTech.

Get Started with Vortex OpenSplice Tuner

Explore Vortex OpenSplice Tuner with our latest video tutorial.

The Vortex OpenSplice Tuner is a powerful deployment tool that offers total control over a deployed Vortex OpenSplice based Data Distribution Service (DDS) system from any local or remote platform that supports the Java language. The 100% Java based Vortex OpenSplice Tuner Tool greatly aids the design, implementation, test and maintenance of Vortex OpenSplice based distributed systems

The Vortex OpenSplice Tuner Tool is differentiated from other vendor’s DDS based tooling by its dynamic capabilities to not only connect to any remote Vortex OpenSplice DDS based system at runtime, but also its capabilities to create, discover and (QoS) tune any DDS entities ‘on-the-fly’. Vortex OpenSplice Tuner provides facilities to observe entities in a Vortex OpenSplice system and browse over their (mutual) relationships using different views.

If you have not got the latest Vortex OpenSplice 6.8.1 version, you can download it here.

Reflections on DDS at Undersea Defense Technology (UDT)

I’m writing this blog tonight whilst traveling home from exhibiting at the Undersea Defense Technology (UDT) conference in Bremen, Germany with my PrismTech colleagues Peter Steele and Gregg Shenton.

It’s always good to catch up with the latest innovations and tech in the naval and subsea industry – and of course the major suppliers were all in attendance.  A lot of interesting things were going on.

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UDT is a particularly appropriate event for PrismTech.  We have many customers in this industry, with DDS (the Data Distribution Service) already being widely applied and often even mandated by the standards bodies and organizations.  Our leading DDS implementation, Vortex OpenSplice has many successful naval deployments and a long history in this market.  Many people will know how its early version was initially designed to address the specific problem of moving data around a complex, real time, combat management system.  The middleware aspect was standardized to form the DDS specification, which of course addresses a lot of those problems – namely delivering time critical data to the applications that need it in an efficient, fault tolerant and scalable manner.

The benefits of DDS, though, are perhaps quite abstract, and for non-software developers probably initially difficult to appreciate.  Because of that, we wanted to provide a visual demonstration at the event that would be interesting for the passer-by yet allow them to relate to what the technology can provide.

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We came up with a mini simulation of a combat system whereby data from the raw environment is captured, processed and delivered to where needed for further analysis.  Our demo used a webcam to capture the raw environment – which in real terms could represent a radar, sonar or video system.  The demo then performed some local analysis, in our case some image processing to track specific colours as they move across the camera.  We had some different colored balls that people were encouraged to wave around (or if brave, juggle) in front of the webcam.  These moving colours were tracked, with their positions published into DDS.  We had another computer which subscribed to that data and presented it to a would-be operator on a mocked-up Blue Force Tracking system, i.e. naval symbols on a sea chart.  We were simulating how position and routes of other vessels and obstacles could be tracked within a networked system in real time.  Of course, DDS is even more valuable when you have to deliver the data to potentially hundreds of machines that might exist within a ship or vessel but there is only so much you can show on a stand!  Still, people appreciated the demo and we had some very interesting discussions.

On reflection, those discussions were generally centred around two key areas.  Firstly, how companies can simplify and optimize their own internal data communication systems.  They usually have some existing solution to deliver data around the network but they are often quite legacy and difficult to extend, enhance or deploy to different scenarios.  DDS is great for that purpose.  Secondly, we spoke about easy integration with other vendors in the naval supply chain.  DDS has strong yet evolvable typing that allows for the clear definition of what data is and represents, while also providing an interoperable wire protocol so applications can automatically discover each other and share data with little integration effort.

Getting Started with Vortex OpenSplice Configurator Tutorial

Revisit the features of Vortex OpenSplice Configurator on a step-by-step tutorial. The Configurator is a tool that allows you to parse and set all the XML data properly.

The Vortex OpenSplice Configurator includes a rich online guide describing Vortex OpenSplice Configuration options as well as providing context-sensitive help and parameter validation.

Vortex is available to evaluate FREE, click here to download.

MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink with Vortex OpenSplice DDS Tutorial

To coincide with the release of PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice 6.8, we have put together a series of videos to show how simple using Vortex OpenSplice DDS in MATLAB and Simulink is.

Presented by Paul Elder, these videos walk you through everything you’ll need to get up and running with Vortex: from installation, right through to building a model.