Rapid Integration

Customers today are looking for solutions that are cost-effective, flexible and quick to deploy, with minimal changes required to existing applications. TES has developed a tool set and an architecture that can integrate any product onto disparate platforms with minimal cost and a reduced schedule.

The integration method developed by TES is a simple and flexible solution that integrates systems with minimal changes for existing applications, supports technologies- old and new, supports different operating systems and messaging and is cost-effective. It has been proven on various projects in support of a variety of customers.

Capability Driven Architecture (CDA)

Capability Driven Architecture (CDA, Patented) originated with Army Aviation to address a complex problem that faces the Department of Defense (DoD). TES was tasked to develop the ability to integrate various devices onto multiple different aircraft architectures while reducing life cycle costs, including development, integration, and sustainment. Tucson Embedded Systems successfully developed and demonstrated CDA for radio control as CDA Radio Control (CDA-RC) for military rotorcraft systems.

CDA design provides a common interface to a category of similar devices, much like desktop computer applications have a common interface to the myriad of computer printers and other peripherals. Currently, the DOD has nothing similar for integrating safety-critical, mission-critical, flight-worthy applications embedded on mission equipment. The primary features of TES' CDA are:

  • Platform independent
  • Provides middleware extensions for common application development
  • Scalable data sharing
  • Fault-tolerance and “hand-offs” fail-over
  • Data localization
  • Data persistence by storing the data to a “disk”
  • Quality of Service (QoS), and
  • Security support for data

The CDA architecture can be applied to a diverse set of capabilities including communications, navigational, sensors, actuators, etc. While architectures exist that can claim software reuse, few, if any, can claim software reuse for safety/mission-critical applications that are open and based on the FACE technical reference architecture, and aligned with the FAA's DO-187C and the AC 20-148 guidelines.CDA eliminates ad hoc development and stovepipe systems resulting in duplication of effort across the various platforms for integrating the same type of equipment.  TES is working concurrently on 4 U.S. Army FACE-aligned programs.  As the benefits of our applied patented process become evident, TES plans on publishing these benefits. TES expects that our CDA capability may well revolutionize how the military develops and verifies military applications.