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BAE SYSTEMS develops innovative data link integration tool

21 May 2002

BAE Systems C4ISR has created the Link INtegration Toolkit - LINT - to supply cost-effective and flexible solutions to data link integration requirements

LINT reduces the amount of bespoke development required to produce the interfacing units needed to match the characteristics of data links and host systems. Its flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of applications, including data link interfacing, multiple link operation and data format conversion.

LINT features a software architecture that allows external link interface modules (LIMs) to plug into an intelligent link data repository (LDR). Each LIM is responsible for the data conditioning required by its host data link, while the LDR routes data between available interfaces.

The LDR is an object database, specifically designed for data link operations. It acts as a repository for data supplied by the interface modules and supports a simple, rule-based programming language that allows the stored data to be manipulated and distributed.

The toolkit contains a standard set of LIMs, which support common data links such as Link 11 and Link 16. It also includes a configurable interface module that can be tailored to support other data links, such as Link Y. In addition to the standard LIMs, bespoke components can be generated to handle more specialised data link applications. Such bespoke components can incorporate existing link handling commercial off-the-shelf elements, where this is cost-effective.

LINT components support a remote user interface and, where required, control via an SNMP agent.

LINT's users benefit from lower costs through the reduction in the need for the development of bespoke components and the manpower required for integration tasks. Project development timescales and risks are also reduced whilst maintainability, reconfigurability and future growth potential are optimised.

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