Terra Harvest Open Architecture Standard for Unattended Systems

Report No. ARL-TR-6674
Authors: Robert Winkler, Larry Tokarcik, and Timothy Gregory
Date/Pages: September 2013; 20 pages
Abstract: Realizing adaptive and efficient use of unattended assets within a dynamic, low-bandwidth, intermittently connected network typical of a tactical environment is a challenging problem. Assets are any sensors or platforms that can be tasked and/or reconfigured to produce a data payload, which is then disseminated over a communications channel. Discovery of assets, moving payloads from assets through gateways, and archiving, processing, and harvesting payloads for remote analysis are key capabilities of a foundation for an adaptive architecture. Such an architecture enables setting in motion payloads that can be used both locally and globally when they come to rest within a domain-specific data store. This report describes the Terra Harvest high-level architecture components for acquiring, persisting, processing, and disseminating information from unattended assets to produce mission-specific behaviors and information.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2013