Blending Technologies for Ubiquitous Real-Time Data Access

Funding Programmes EUREKA / Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca - Eurostars

Coordinator  PrismTech (F)

Partners  Thales Naval (NL); Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (I)

Description  BLEND addresses the need for ubiquitous access to real-time data over a multitude of communication technologies and over an ultra-large scale of next-generation mission system-of-systems, also addressing scalability and quality of service (QoS).

The main technical objective of the project is the development of the “BLEND-Box” platform, composed of :

  • a generic routing and matching engine that takes care of adapting content, and Quality of Service,

  • a pluggable protocol framework allowing the box to bridge across an open-ended set of protocols,

  • a set of connectors to standard-based middleware protocols, such as the OMG Data Distribution Service Interoperability Wire Protocol (DDSI), REST, and WS-*

  • a new protocol, namely Ultra-Large Scale (ULS) DDSI, extending DDSI to enable efficient and scalable data distribution for System-of-Systems.

The results of the BLEND project will be immediately applicable in the context of Air Traffic Control applications to implement the technical and operational requirements envisioned by the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Specifically, EUROCONTROL has mandated the use of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Standard for Real-Time Systems (DDS) as the standard for interconnecting Air Traffic Control Systems across Europe.

Other application domains in which the innovations introduced by the BLEND project may be exploited are Maritime Surveillance, Homeland Security, as well as real-time web applications.

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