Integrated Tactical Mobility System (ITMS)
The ITMS monitors routes and displays tactical screens. It has a Government Off-the-Shelf (GOTS) charting engine that is used to guide travel routes. The system’s software reads various chart types, including Digital Nautical Charts, Raster Navigational Charts, and S-57 charts. With its Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) capability, the ITMS can create tracks of moving objects using radar contacts. It also displays an electronic maneuvering board that calculates its own craft’s closest points of approach and courses to intercept. The ITMS also contains integrated radar. No special hardware is required to translate the radar data into digital form for the display unit. Any computer that is connected to the ITMS Local Area Network can display the ITMS’ radar images. This feature allows several users, in different locations across the craft, to view and control the radar simultaneously.
The system captures video from multiple sources, including infrared cameras. It translates up to four live or recorded analog video signals into digital data. The ITMS transmits the data via Ethernet or other means, and displays the video data on several of its display screens. This video transmission allows ITMS users to identify contacts that may be in the vicinity or to record video for intelligence gathering.
The ITMS uses an Automatic Identification System (AIS) to obtain static and dynamic data information. Static information might include a ship’s name, its type or its nationality; while dynamic information might include the ship’s next port of call, its latitude and longitude, or its course speed.
The ITMS is built to operate in challenging environments and has a built-in isolation feature. It functions at temperatures as low as 20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) and as high as 55 degrees C (131 degrees F). ITMS components are waterproof and IP67 compliant. They can withstand Sea State 5 and up to 30 G of shock. On ITMS’ 15-inch display units, 22 backlit and programmable bezel buttons eliminate the user’s dependence on mice and keyboards, which would be difficult to use in rough seas or turbulent winds. Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding on the display units prevent disruptions to circuit performance. The transflective liquid crystal display reduces the need for manual light adjustment on the screen and makes the screen readable in bright sunlight. Large text display, and day and night vision configurations make it possible for users to view information in virtually all types of environmental conditions. The built-in isolation feature determines the causes of problems within the system. This fault isolation feature helps users to isolate components, devices and/or software that are causing problems. To protect information and ensure full functionality, ITMS data and files are synchronized and backed up.
The system is adaptable allowing it to work smoothly with existing structures and systems. It is designed to operate in small spaces, where other rugged, durable, electronic equipment is required. The ITMS works with Windows XP, Vista, Vista x64, and Linux operating systems, among others. To accommodate technological improvements in processors, chip sets and memory, the ITMS supports different processor cores from Computer-on-Module (COM) Express manufacturers.
While the ITMS software is designed primarily for small boats or shipboard applications, the ITMS hardware can be applied in a variety of settings, including land vehicles, mobile command posts, and police and homeland security checkpoints. The ITMS hardware can also be carried as part of standard infantry gear.