Design, Development, Environmental Validation and Manufacturing of Console Terminals and Auxiliary Equipment for the Combat System of the future F110 Class frigates.
The future F110 frigate of the Spanish Navy forgets the traditional concept of Combat System console in which the Operator interface elements together with the Combat System processors were housed in a single piece of equipment. The new architecture places the Console Processors outside, converting the console into a Console Terminal that houses the interface elements with the Combat System. This new design allows to reduce the volume of the equipment in the CIC, as well as to reduce the environmental impact (noise, temperature) improving notably the habitability of the CIC.
The element that allows the connection between the Servers and the Terminals is a pair of “KVM over IP” devices that allow to transmit image/audio from the Servers to the Console Terminals, and the events of the input devices from the Console Terminals to the Servers.
The new console concept guarantees the security and independence of the different networks reachable from the Console Terminal, as well as the access to a number n of networks with the same equipment.
The Console Terminal (TDC), as part of the SCOMBA F110 architecture, is the main interface device with the Combat System, while the processing is taken over by the Console Processors (PDC) housed in the processing cabinets located in a different room from the CIC.
The TDC is equipped with all the necessary devices to enable access and operation of the Combat System, working against the PDCs remotely. The TDC incorporates the necessary resources to connect to the different fiber optic networks, as well as the necessary infrastructure to connect to the ship’s power and communication lines.
The TDC has been designed following the strict environmental and ergonomic standards required, passing the tests satisfactorily.
The TDC incorporates the necessary elements for self-diagnosis, facilitating their maintenance.
The need for compact operator stations, instead of the Console Terminals in different environments (on board and on land) has given rise to the Desktop Remote Stations as an alternative, being finally defined three models with different levels of ruggedization:
Remote Desktop Remote Stations with two monitors identical to those of the Console Terminals, including all the components of the Console Terminal in an enclosure that transmits to the operator an experience of use as similar as possible to those of the CIC Terminals of the ships. These Desktop Remote Stations will be shipboard, occupying positions that do not require a Console Terminal, but do require a degree of ruggedization of the equipment.
Remote Desktop Stations with two commercial monitors, including all the components of the Console Terminal, in an enclosure that transmits to the operator a sensation equivalent to that of the Console Terminals. These Desktop Remote Stations will be installed in the Navy Training Centers.
Remote Desktop Stations with two commercial monitors, including the necessary elements to allow its use as a Console Terminal, with the objective of having the components gathered in an enclosure and emulating the Console Terminal in a basic way. These Remote Desktop Workstations will be destined to test environments, with the objective of homogenizing all the operator equipment, improving maintainability.
The CIC operators need to know, in addition to the information provided by the Combat System and for its correct operation, other auxiliary information that changes over time, in order to carry out their daily work. Fundamentally, these are dynamic operating parameters such as frequency plans, operations phraseology catalog, equipment and systems study, etc. In the combat systems of the past, this information was transmitted to the CIC operators by means of manual annotations on boards distributed throughout the CIC bulkheads. In a state-of-the-art combat system, such as that of the modern F110 frigates, this method would be outdated
and could be clearly improved, which has led to the development of a system to distribute and share this information using the processing and graphical resources offered by the SDDA Console Processors and Console Terminals.
The Auxiliary Data Distribution System (SDDA) is composed of a Server where the information to be transmitted to the console operators is elaborated or downloaded and a number of Processors that through the Display Network will be exploited by the operators from the Console Terminals.
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