Fast Time Analysis
ISL’s FTAS systems incorporate cost-effective, Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware and software selected for faster data handling and increased storage capacity. They are becoming the standard for affordable, COTS-based, open architecture, post mission analysis systems for NATO and nations with maritime surveillance capabilities.
The FTAS provides the analyst with display and post processing tools for performing detailed analysis of both passive and active acoustic signals recorded from all sonobuoys deployed by operational Maritime Patrol Aircraft or Helicopters. The scalable system is based upon a flexible, high performance single chassis digital signal processor unit interfaced with multiple PC-based display and control workstations over a high speed local area network. The system accepts acoustic data in a variety of digital and analog inputs including STANAG 4283 compliant analog and digital formats.
With the system’s flexible and intuitive graphical-user interface, including extensive analysis and display tools, tasks can be programmed to work within a number of well-known, commercial operating systems. The operator workload is significantly decreased through the application of massive acoustic data storage capabilities that allows the original data to be replayed once from the original tape or data source and then analyzed many times from memory at a variety of replay speeds. The open system architecture supports expansion and upgrades to accommodate additional or improved signal processing hardware, emerging operator analysis tools, and new requirements of the littoral or open ocean operating areas.
These systems are currently in operation supporting the Maritime Patrol Air (MPA) Navy communities in The Netherlands, France and Germany.