Archive For September, 2006

13 articles

The MVA – a consortium of consortia

By Paul Tingey There is no doubt that open or industry standards now cover a large proportion of the technology components used in telecoms infrastructure equipment (as well as other markets). They have been so widely accepted that hardware, software and silicon manufacturers have organized themselves into consortia to coordinate their effects and create widely accepted standards within their technology…

Software Componentization

By Maarten Koning Componentization is a seductive software development practice.  Simply put, software componentization is when you break your software system down into smaller easily identifiable pieces that have well-defined interfaces – and you do this in a specific way (i.e. by following a component model). The promise of software componentization is five-fold: Continue Reading ››

C-130 AMP Spreads Its Wings

By Paul Parkinson Last week Boeing issued a press release about the maiden flight of the C-130 Avionics Modernisation Programme (AMP) aircraft. The C-130 AMP (GlobalSecurity.org) will extend the capability of many years to come by replacing federated systems with digital systems employing an Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) architecture using ARINC 653. This is also a proud moment for Wind…

UAV Roadmap

By Paul Parkinson On Monday, I posted the blog entry Why "My Other Vehicle is Unmanned"? which mentioned the regulatory challenges facing the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and their introduction into civil airspace. On Wednesday, Lockheed Martin announced in a press release that it has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Program Office to…

Software Defined Radio for the Common Man

By Mike Deliman Software Defined Radio.  The term doesn't mean much to the average person. But to certain security and defense industry types, the word brings a gleam to their eyes: to them it means multiple levels of security, the ability to share and protect data, and the ability to change the encodings and waveforms that implement their protocols -…

Target Management is Getting Mature

By Martin Oberhuber The Eclipse Target Management Project passed its 1.0 Release Review yesterday. Though the slides (PPT | PDF) were not actually presented in the review phone conference, they are an interesting read and outline the state and scope of the project very accurately. Officially, passing the Release Review means that the project is considered healthy in terms of…

So what is Fixed Mobile Convergence?

By Stuart Newton Where do you start on a topic like this? Fixed-Mobile Convergence (commonly known as "FMC", and not to be confused with Fixed Mobile Substitution – a later discussion), is a vast topic that has a hundred different meanings depending on who you talk to. In the last year, I have spoken to very few people who can…

Standards-based Communication Technologies: A brief history

By Paul Tingey Most of the customers I speak to regularly are best described as being in the "telecoms infrastructure equipment" industry and I can honestly say that, without exception, they have all seen significant changes happening in the way they operate over the last few years. These changes were, and continue to be, driven by a demand for feature-rich…

Mars Rover: Extended Mission

By Mike Deliman Hello All, Every once in a while you get to hear something about a project you've worked on.  Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not so good. Sometimes it's good enough to give you energy to work through the 20th hour... I'm extremely proud and happy to share the attached news.  Our kids on Mars have been given…

Why “My Other Vehicle is Unmanned”?

By Paul Parkinson You are probably wondering why I've given my blog such a strange title. It's a tribute to a bumper sticker which I was given at a Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) conference organised by AUVSI.  Although the reference to UAVs is mildly amusing, it makes the serious point that unmanned systems are becoming more and more pervasive. Unmanned…