The Rational Information Broker (RIB™) is designed to assist the human (e.g. pilot or weapons systems operator) to source critical ISR sensor data and deliver such data to the necessary onboard systems in order to successfully prosecute a mission. In other words RIB is designed to “provide the most appropriate information at the right time”. To do this it accesses the wide variety of information available from the multitude of sensors and information sources available in a Network Enabled environment.
Future military fighter, strike and surveillance aircraft will need to continuously obtain updated external sensor data from the Global Information Grid (GIG) network. To meet this requirement, RIB is being developed as a prototype by AOS, in conjunction with the Australian Defence Department’s New Air Combat Capability (NACC) Office. The core of RIB is an autonomous decision support capability provided by AOS’s JACK® product.
RIB will need to know geographically where to look for the sensor information, know what sensors are on the network, know specific sensor attributes such as coverage areas, mobility, data rates and most importantly assess the confidence level of the data available. Once such ISR requests to the GIG have been broadcast by RIB, the relevant external sensor data will be uploaded to the aircraft and RIB will be able to filter the inputs by ID, type, location, age and confidence. Finally, RIB will then be able to route the data to the appropriate onboard system such as a MMS, data fusion engine, navigation or weapon system for processing.
An aircraft’s inflight mission tasking may change with minimal notice and the operator (e.g. strike aircraft pilot or weapons system operator) may consequently be experiencing very high workload in a hostile environment. In such situations, RIB will greatly assist the operator with the onboard sourcing, filtering and routing of critical external ISR sensor data, with minimal human intervention.
The benefits are:
- Efficient use of available NEC capability in a timely manner.
- Reduced human workload, allowing the human to focus on analysis and decision-making, while the software performs the data acquisition and assessment.
- Enhanced systems effectiveness as a result of improved situation assessment.