Undwerwater Communications NetworkPresenting new operational maritime capabilities for data fusion, asset allocation and underwater communications. 

 From 2 to 19 June 2014, the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), part of the NATO Science and Technology Organization, will be taking part, for the second time, in the 2014 NATO Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination, eXercise (CWIX) at the Joint Forces Training Centre, in Bydgoszcz (Poland). CWIX is a unique NATO event that allows systems and network engineers to come together to solve existing interoperability issues and explore shared solutions. This year CWIX will be hosting fifteen NATO Nations, four partner Nations and twelve NATO commands which are bringing 175 capability configurations to conduct more than 3000 interoperability tests in the 13-day period. During the event, CMRE scientists will be testing capabilities developed in data fusion, maritime asset allocation and underwater communications.

The data fusion capability, called Fusion as a Service (FaaS), aims to enhance situational awareness in ongoing operations and during the stand-up of new operations at sea, in land or air. The CMRE tool uses the Collaborative Multi-Sensor/Source Fusion and Tracking (CoMSSoFT) concept as a means to rapidly incorporate information from new sensors and sources, and provide enhanced information to the command and control chain.

The asset allocation capability is a decision-support tool to help to optimize the allocation of military assets in the maritime domain. The allocation of assets is in fact constrained by meteorological and environmental risks as well as coverage and cost factors of the operation. The CMRE tool processes meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) data, and provides adaptive density maps of risks which could help decision-makers to forecast scenarios and, thus, better react. In CWIX, the capability will be virtually tested in the Indian Ocean on counterpiracy scenarios.

Lastly, the UnderWater Networked Communication (UWNetCom) capability is the only underwater component at CWIX, which has been included in the event for the very first time. It presents what CMRE has developed in the Cooperative Anti-Submarine Warfare programme in terms of real-time communication and interoperability among underwater vehicles. Two Ocean Explorer (OEX) vehicles and an active acoustic source are simulated as support platforms which can collect and supply information on asset positions, underwater detection and tracks, and environmental data to the maritime situational awareness services.The UWNetCom is integrated in the main CWIX scenario, and its value to NATO is to add an underwater dimension to the maritime operational picture in Nations’ marine planning and systems.

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