Sensor Integration

Based on decades of extensive experience in disparate sensor integration, RTI possesses a unique core competency in this area and a product, the RTI SPARK Protocol Handler, that allows easy and affordable integration of sensor data and sensor networking.  The true value-add is that we do not just integrate sensors, but for sensors that do not conform to some level of interface standard, we normalize the data streams into a standard, such as the Integrated Sensor Architecture (ISA) standard, that can be shared by many consumers to:


  • Provide interoperability among sensors and sensor networks 

  • Make all sensors dynamically discoverable and available

  • Enable information sharing among sensors systems across domains

With expertise in data stream analysis, normalization, and data packing, we tailor the data interfaces to support a variety of throughput constraints and mediums; for example, key information that matters most to a Warfighter on a low bandwidth tactical connection - to the opposite end of the spectrum of making all sensor data available to the enterprise via high throughput high performance computing to support big data analytics and correlation with other sensors, indicators, and warnings.  


RTI understands how to emulate sensors and networks of sensors to prove out and inform deployments in a cost effective lab environment; thereby reducing the risk and cost associated with live operational environment deployments.  RTI's Sensor Simulation Platform was designed, with flexibility and extensibility, to provide this type of disparate and distributed sensor and sensor network emulation.

We have the experience and skills to assess system requirements, design and develop solutions, prepare and execute test plans for low-cost, embedded hardware/software control systems that can manage heterogeneous networks of sensors over a wide geographic area or in a building or small complex.

Sensor command and control and data access can be provided to your existing display system(s) in a variety of formats (XML, for example).  However, if you do not have an interface, RTI's Sensor Common Operational Picture (COP) can provide that capability for you in the following forms: cloud, workstation/laptop, and handheld/mobile.

RTI has a niche in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Explosive (CBRN-E) sensors and systems, and led and implemented the Common CBRN Sensor Interface (CCSI) specification and associated toolset, led the integration of a novel integrated sensor on a chip effort, and enhanced the SPARK Protocol Handler (PH) to provide a universal software solution for sensor connectivity via DoD standards.  The SPARK PH is being utilized by the DoD and considered by CBRN sensor vendors for their plug and play (PnP) interface design.   Adding additional standards, specifications, and interfaces for sensor integration is a core expertise that RTI has based on decades of proven experience in this space.

RTI provided network & protocol independence, utilizing the proven SPARK PH to bridge sensors to Operations Centers thru an Internet of Things (IOT) paradigm. Sensor connectivity is one of the most understood elements in the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP).  Utilization of the SPARK PH provides a seamless and cost effective solution to the age old problem of keeping sensors connected as interfaces and interface requirements evolve.  For domain specific sensor architectures (e.g. the U.S. Army's Integrated Sensor Architecture (ISA)), simply connecting a Host to an ISA controller and using the SPARK PH on the sensor side to do the same then allows a host to connect to any sensor, access its data, and control and configure based on deployment requirements.  If the network environment changes, or you want to rely on the ISA directly for messages, this is a snap as the SPARK PH is software that knows how to talk to sensor and the network and can also be embedded in sensors so that the sensor has that same PnP capability out of the box.


RTI’s sensor products were developed and refined to enable sensor integration and can be tailored for your sensors and unique requirements.

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