Systems Communication on the Battlefield
In 2012, 2iC engaged Diegesis to provide professional services to support the development of 2iC products. Since then, we have completed over 50 discrete projects for 2iC.
Our background in defence, coined with our experience in all aspects of integration, gave us the expertise to develop components of the 2iC architecture. This enabled our customer to meet their goals of selling software to defence forces around the world. The core technology is Java, but also includes a range of other technologies to support Lean Service systems including Android and C++. The project required knowledge of standard open source libraries, allowing for implementation of key activities. This includes cross platform data communications, and exploitation of additional technologies used in Lean Service systems, such as GIS and mapping functions.
Historically, the procurement and implementation of deployed military information systems resulted in “closed” systems. In their earlier careers employed by defence contractors, closed systems were unable to intercommunicate, due to the traditional procurement model used within information systems. In a battlefield setting, these challenges would frustrate a commander attempting to reposition his forces, so rewriting these systems was vital going forward. Subsequently, 2iC proposed to the Ministry of Defence that information systems should be open to support flexible architecture within the tactical space, allowing for better intercommunication between forces on the battlefield.
2iC therefore defined a standard for data communications on the battlefield, subsequently adopted by MoD. Their solution, with support from MoD, addressed the core challenges of low bandwidth. By minimising message payload, and creating a registry that knows where to route a message by facilitating communications between security domains. With a small footprint, 2iC software can deploy into low power devices and an integration SDK allows any vendor to rapidly implement and deploy interfaces within their own equipment. As a consequence, 2iC have delivered a framework that meets the specific needs of military, police and other hazardous, challenging mobile deployed environments.
“2iC has developed software that provides an infrastructure to quickly integrate disparate systems that can rapidly evolve to meet changing needs. The infrastructure is delivered through a suite of products. Customers can buy any of the products individually or in combination depending on their specific challenges. And, uniquely, the whole 2iC product set is designed and proven for low powered and distributed devices rather than enterprise IT systems.” See https://www.2icworld.com/