“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/
Historically the procurement and implementation of deployed military information systems resulted in “closed” systems, driven by the requirements for security, the challenges of ensuring operational performance and resilience but perhaps also driven by traditional commercial defence procurement models. In their earlier careers employed by defence contractors, the 2iC directors worked on a number of such systems, closed and unable to intercommunicate. They recognised the limitations of information systems caused by the traditional procurement model that frustrated a commander attempting to re-posture his forces. They proposed to MOD an approach that would allow information systems to support open and flexible architecture within the tactical space.
2iC defined a standard for data communications on the battle field, subsequently adopted by MOD. Their solution developed with support from MOD addresses the core challenges of: low bandwidth by minimising message payload, constantly moving devices by creating a registry that always knows where to route a message and controlling communications between security domains by facilitating communications across data diodes for authorised actors. With a small footprint, 2iC software can deploy into the low power devices and an easy to use integration SDK allows any vendor to rapidly implement and deploy interfaces within their own equipment that facilitate integration of customer, in particular military, information systems. As a consequence 2iC have delivered what is effectively an “Internet of things” framework that meets the specific needs of military, police and other hazardous, challenging mobile deployed environments.
In 2012 2iC engaged Diegesis to provide professional services to support the development of 2iC products and we have completed over 50 discrete projects for 2iC during that time. Our background in defence as well as our long standing experience in all aspects of integration gave us the background to develop components of the 2iC architecture to enable 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++. Skills include knowledge of standard open source libraries appropriate to the different platforms to implement key activities such as cross platform data communications and storage, as well exploitation of a range of additional technologies used in Lean Service systems, such as GIS and mapping functions.