For over 20 years, Collins Aerospace and its heritage companies of UTC Aerospace Systems and Goodrich have supported both UK and foreign national armed forces with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies. Whether in support of defence, contingent, or peace keeping operations, the SCi-Toolset has become a proven software suite.
The SCi-Toolset implements a number of UK Defence Standards, USA MIL Standards, and NATO Standardised Agreements (STANAG). Since the very first version of the SCi-Toolset, Collins Aerospace has enhanced and improved the suite based on emerging operational needs, increasing operator efficiency, and minimising additional training. Our minimal compliance with these standards ensures that our software suite remains relevant to the operation but retains sufficient compliance to facilitate interoperability.
Interoperability at both a tactical and strategic level is critical in modern and multi-domain warfare. This scenario illustrates how the SCi-Toolset is being used in current naval operations.
Modern naval operations are now bringing together a multitude of ISR data sources. This can range from body worn video sensors on amphibious troops, to RADAR sensors on helicopters, to motion imagery and electronic sensors on UAS platforms.
These data sources can produce potentially time critical intelligence, provide a rich resource for post-operation review and training, and provide information later used for legal protection and prosecution. The SCi-Toolset provides an integrated data management solution on board the ship, enabling teams and leaders to discover and exploit the ISR data collected.
Naval fleets are connected more now than ever before in warfare history. The SCi-Toolset is designed to operate in a federated network of interconnected nodes. Integrating the SCi-Toolset onto each ship offers a standalone capability. But with its low bandwidth and high resilient dissemination technology, the SCi-Toolset can synchronise its database catalogue with other instances. This synchronisation shares just the ISR product metadata enabling fast discovery and efficient dissemination of the ISR product itself.
The connected battlespace is critical for commanders to make timely and informed decisions. Integrating the SCi-Toolset back on shore at naval headquarters and other naval bases, brings everyone together. The automated services behind the SCi-Toolset empowers commanders to implement reach-back operations, keeping valuable personnel away from austere or dangerous environments and ensuring critical information is pulled back from the front line.
The SCi-Toolset simplifies that battlespace into one picture. No matter where the data resides, users accessing the SCi-Toolset see one set of tools and one common operating picture. Additional security features can be implemented, such as communities of interest where particular ISR product is accessible on a need-to-know basis.