• Using TENA to Enable Next Generation Range Control and Data Distribution

      Schmidt, Andrew; Wigent, Mark A.; Leidos (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2014-10)
      There is a need for a capability that enables setup and execution of tests, including integration of new instrumentation into the T&E range environment more rapidly and reliably than with existing methods, and with reduced cost and effort. Moreover, because individual ranges have developed approaches to range control and data distribution which are often range-specific and which call for significant interface development when integrating new instrumentation and systems to the range environment, there is a need to develop a range control and data distribution mechanism that can be reused throughout the T&E community. The purpose of the Next Generation Range Control and Data Distribution (NGRC&DD) project, which is funded by the Test Resource Management Center's (TRMC) Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (CTEIP), is to develop a capability that modernizes and enhances system control and data distribution in DoD ranges. The Test and Training Enabling Architecture (TENA) is an underlying technology used by NGRC&DD. Migrating to the TENA middleware requires a fundamental reexamination of what data is produced and how it is distributed. TENA offers some tools and mechanisms for ranges that are advantageous relative to traditional methods of data dissemination as well as other versions of middleware available to the community.