| || XML-based Web Services Technology to Implement a Prototype Command and Control System
Author : Lin, Ching-Show;Liang, Chia-Hao
Source : Defence Science Journal ; Vol:56(4) ; 2006 ; pp 591-597
Subject : 681.3 Computer Science
Keywords : SOAP;WSDL;Command and control system;XML-based web services;Intelligence web services;Military modernisation;Radar tracking data;Target simulation;Stovepipe systems;Simple object access protocol;Web service definition language
Abstract : A command and control system is a complex system of systems. For its ability to improve the command and control efficiency and multiply operational capability, command and control system investment is always a benchmark for military modernisation. However, most command and control systems were independently developed, validated and approved as a stand-alone solution to reflect service requirement rather than joint focused. These stovepipe systems not only have an adverse impact on joint or coalition operation, but also are fairly difficult to integrate and interoperate effectively with other systems. To solve these problems, the study applies XML standard to redefine the structured radar track and global positioning system (GPS) positioning data formats. Radar tracking data and GPS positioning data generator were implemented to simulate air and land targets. In addition, the static intelligence databases, such as order of battle, were built for information exchange with other systems. Sensors, GPS, and intelligence web services, including simple object access protocol (SOAP) and web service definition language (WSDL) are constructed to provide near-real-time static intelligence and dynamic track services. All relevant command and control centres may subscribe the necessary services from the service providers to work together with their own systems for mission needs. The implementation of result demonstrates XML-based web services technology and makes command and control system integration easy, flexible, and cost effective.